Good Morning

Rose and Scaffolding

It is one of those dark doomesday days today. It is raining heavily, the winds are blowing and it is cold outside. We were told we would be feeling the influence of the tail end of the storms in the States and now it is here. Of course, nothing to compare with the force that they were over the pond.

The painters did their job yesterday and are now finished for the time being. They left some bits and pieces behind, including plastic everywhere. Mr. Swiss almost had an accident this morning, slipping on the plastic sheets that are blowing around. The basic thought is now that the painters came, saw and conquered, but left a mess behind. They will be back this morning. We are becoming two grumpy golden oldies slowly but surely. The balcony guard rail piece are still laying in our front garden and no-one really wants to accept responsiblity for that. It will probably still be here at Christmas.

Our climbing rose has now decided to attack the scaffolding and is slowly taking over part of it, by creeping upwards. Even that is garnished with a sheet of plastic, but we are still wondering for what the plastic is for.

Courgettes

Back in the Autumn mood, I noticed our local supermarket has quite a range of pumpkin/gourd/marrow vegetable at the moment. I thought it would be a good idea to cook a marrow risotto today for lunch, but Mr. Swiss said he does not like it, so another brilliant idea gone to waste. Admittedly marrow is not exactly a flavour bomb, but it would have been something completely different.

Today we have another tribe of workers arriving, this time in the appartment. Some brainy person at the last group meeting of our appartments (where we were absent) decided our heating pipes should be flushed through. We have floor heating and a small cupboard in the service chamber where we keep the vacuum cleaners and other such cleaning material. Looks like we will have to clear a path for the workers and remove a few pieces of shelves. It is a closed heating system and it seems that it is not really necessary  to be flushed, will never be necessary, because there is no way that it could get blocked. Even the spiders weave their webs in the corners of the ceiling. At the moment the heating functions perfectly. But today it will be done. Another distrubance on a normal day.

It is now the month of halloween. Our local supermarket once joined in with candies and all sorts of scary attractions, but they were left with them on the shelves. In the country of banks and cheese, there is no room for halloween. We have enough ghouls and ghosts hovering around our appartment in the shape of builders at the moment. And so the halloween Swiss idea only lasted a year.

And now to move on. I have a bathroom to clean today. Mr. Swiss says why bother, but I have discovered at the end, it is worth it. I have a satisfied feeling that all is done, and have nothing better to do all morning.

Enjoy the day, beware of bulders and maintenance men, they can be a danger to mankind. Look after your computers, especially if eating a doughnut whilst working on them and enjoy the day. I will leave you with an Autumn wreath seen in the local supermarket.

Autumn wreath

6 thoughts on “Good Morning

    • Exactly and the more it costs the better, although this time we discovered it was not so stupid when we saw the black soup that appeared from the heating pipes.

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  1. I noticed that autumn can be quite a colorful month. The medley of colors as we see the leaves on the trees transform as well as the variety of gourds and pumpkins. I enjoy the season. MZ

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  2. Every time we’ve had a lot of work done, we’ve had to fight with the workers to come back and clean up. They don’t seem to think it should be part of the plan. I guess it depends on whether or not they got paid yet. It’s always good to hold off that final payment until they actual FINISH the work.

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    • The Swiss workers are usually very good at cleaning up, but the guy yesterday seemed to be in a hurry to go. They were back to do to finish some painting and will be returning to clean off the paint that arrived in the wrong places. Otherwise I must praise the builders that were working as they always spent the last quarter of an hour cleaning everything. Today the workmen also arrived and removed the balcony pieces in our garden. They have now mounted them on the balcony above. As our payment is a group payment, we just have the dates of how much and when from everyone.

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