Good Morning


It is a good Autumn morning: a light mist, some Autumn colours from our garden and above all no scaffolding to spoil the view. I heard some hammering on the other side of our appartment and the builder, who only speaks spanish. told me today they remove everything. It is getting colder now and in the mountains it has already begun to snow. I have just noticed that the mist is creeping up on us and almost reached our porch. Perhaps it has noticed that the scaffolding has gone and wants to take over. Stephen King sends his best wishes.

Hostas 22.10 (2)

I noticed that my hostas in the garden are now dying a slow death. It happens every Autumn, and I usually wait until November when the leaves are really totally finished. All I have to do is give a pull and they come away which makes it an easy job to clear the bed. They are a thankful plant, give a good show with some flowers through the summer months, and return regularly every Spring.

I have discovered another new writer, Syd Moore, and am just on the last part of his book “Strange Magic”. Amazon often send me suggestions to read, as they seem to know my taste and the author has written a serie of books with the word “Strange” in the title. I was getting a hint about the second book in the series, but I like to begin at the beginning so traced down the first book. It is a little supernatural, but for me interesting because his books are all based on the english county of Essex which borders the East End of London where I grew up. Most of my relations moved out to Essex when the slums were being demolished in London. My mum and dad moved to Dagenham, which was as close as you could get to London at the time living in Essex andhas now become even a part of greater London.

The books naturally mention many places in Essex I know of. Parts of the county are quite rural and in the olden days, it was a bit of a witchy place. Now and again they burnt a few or disposed of them. This book  is based on a witch museum that exists in Essex. The owner has passed away and his granddaughter has inherited the museum, although she never really had contact to it.  She intended to sell it, but got caught up in events with a witchy influence and the story develops. I do not want to write any spoilers, but I can really reommend it if you like a touch of the strange. It is very well written, quite amusing in places and is not the last book I will read from this author. I would also say, that in spite of the proximity of Essex to London, it is a very attractive county with many small villages and a river runs through it (The Thames) as well as a few smaller streams.

Crows 23.10.2017

And now back to Switzerland, just along the path in my village of Feldbrunnen. I was talking to the neighbour yesterday about the removal of the oppressing scaffolding and noticed in the distance three crows. I happened to have my camera with me and decided on a photo, although they were a distance away. Just at the moment when I took my photo they flew off, but I managed to capture them on their flight.

There is no shopping today, so I will stay at home and play with a few cleaning jobs. This is no problem, life is now good with no scaffolding. Enjoy your day or night wherever you are and beware of builders and such, they could be a threat to your daily living programme, but even that will pass eventually.

Clouds 23.10.2017

16 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. Everyone else north of the Equator is getting autumn except us! It was 100 degrees in Beverly Hills (near Los Angeles) yesterday afternoon! It was not quite as warm here, but it was not exactly cool either. Our hostas are still quite fluffy! We did get a slight bit of rain a few days ago, but not much to brag about, even though it was our first.

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    • I have lived with Autumn all my life and know nothing different. I know Berverly Hills as the homes of the film stars. In Switzerland we have Gstaad and St. Moritz homes of the rich and famous that own their chalets for skiing on the snow covered slopes.

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      • I am still in the habit of referring to it as ‘Beverly Hills’ as if everyone knows where it is. I should just say ‘Los Angeles’. If I say ‘Los Angeles’ to someone here, they want to know ‘where’ in Los Angeles. It s so big. I work there quite a bit, but there are still huge parts of it that I have never seen! I have hears of Saint Moritz, but I do not know where it. Now I need to look it up.

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        • I have been to St. Moritz once, but was not impressed. Full of millionaire tourists and very much like a small city. I know Gstaad quite well, and often spend summer holidays there.

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          • You know, although I am fascinated with the popular tourist destinations, especially places wth so much history, I find that it is better discover my favorites. I do enjoy Los Angeles, but I know it differently than most people who see it. I have found that so many of the simple and obscure towns are just as fascinating. I found Winslow in Arizona to be more compelling than my own San Jose! Bugtussle in Oklahoma is a MUST SEE, but few ever will.

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          • There are more than eight million people just in Los Angeles County! Wow! I was just talking to a friend about Vienna. It is of course fascinating; and he happened to mention that he could get there from Paris (where he was working at the time) in about as much time as it would take to get to Portland from here!

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          • I know, Distances in Europe have a different meaning to those in the States. We can get to most places in a few hours by car, although I take a plane to Paris and Vienna.


  2. Our local “witchy” area is Salem, which is on the coast, up bit north along the coast, Very rocky coastline with a lot of sunken ships, too.

    Salem also has a witch museum and this time of year, they make a lot of money. They have all kinds of “witch” entertainment. The rest of the year, it’s just a really pretty down with a really gorgeous rocky shoreline. When I was younger and I could walk on the rocks, we used to go out on the rocks to get pictures of the incoming tide.

    The other oddly witchy place I know about it Gettysburg — one of the biggest battles of the Civil War. HUGE battle. Apparently all those dead soldiers are now ghouls,

    If it hadn’t rained today, I would have gone and taken some shots in the graveyard. The trees are always brilliant there. I wonder if it isn’t all the bodies in the ground. You think?

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    • Salem is well-known all over the world I think. The last witch in Switerland was Anna Göldi and she was decapitated in 1782 which is not really so long ago. She was framed actually by the guy she worked for. I think he was somehow disappointed that he didn’t get what he wanted. I havn’t been to the graveyard for some time. Come to think of it I havn’t been anywhere lately. I think I am becoming a ghoul myself.


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