Good Morning

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This is not a sunrise this morning. The sun was already shining when I entered the kitchen, as there were no clouds. There is nothing more boring than a plain blue sky with no clouds. I took this photo yesterday about 11.00 a.m. Mr. Swiss nicely parked on the upper level of the parking space at the supermarket on the edge where I could stand and take a few photos of the area. I even caught the sun on the righthand side. Who would have thought that supermarkets could be such a good place for scenery of the day. The cranes belong to the new estate being built, so they will be there for some time.

I was so glad to get out yesterday, even if it was only a 5-10 minute car ride to the mall. It had been 4 days since I saw something different to my garden and the appartment and I needed to see other places. We still have pleasant temperatures during the day, although last night we had our first frost night. I did not notice anything, it was more on the open fields. Yesterday I recuited No. 1 son again to remove the remainders of my hosta leaves and some dried remains of the sweet pea. As an extra he also collected all the fallen leaves in the garden. He is really such a good help, and he does in a few minutes where I would need at least half an hour.

Yesterday was the garden collection service, so he also put out our two large green plastic containers containing all the garden refuse.


My physalis is still showing some colour in the garden. I am expecting them to go forth and multiply for next year. Apparently they do send out underground shoots. I noticed each one of these orange lanterns has a seed inside, so I am leaving this plant to do what it needs to do and am hoping for a garden full of them next year.

I finished my latest book yesterday. One of the Friedrich Glauser stories of the exploits of Sergeant Studer of the Bernese police force. The stories are from the late thirties, early forties, and are quite good. Glauser is one of my favourite Swiss authors. I have now finished Krock & Co (The Spoke in english): another murder mystery. The first victim is killed by a bicycle spoke through the lung and heart (very original) and the second is posoned. It all takes place in a hotel in the Eastern part of Switzerland at the wedding feast of Studer’s daughter who marries a police officer from Arbon, but that is only a side story to what happens. Of course not everyone’s choice as apart from knowing probably Dürrenmatt and Frisch, there are not many well known Swiss writers.

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Otherwise there is not much happening in the exciting world of Mrs. Angloswiss. Autumn progresses and the leaves get less every day. Today I will clean the bathroom – big deal. This afternoon we will go to the place where they have household apparatus to help if you are a golden oldie that needs support now an again. This time we will be visiting Nieberbipp – never heard of it? No, I do not suppose you have. It is one of those places where they have stores for stuff that you do not find in towns, like electronic equipment and aids for the handicapped. I have a new description, I am handicapped.

Enjoy the day, I must begin my working day with the vacuum cleaner, sponge and mop and spraying the bathroom tiles, but I can do it. It is all a matter of mind over matter. Even Mao Ze Dong used the phrase, but I think he was talking more about the Chinese peasants taking over after starting a revolution. I am now beginning my revolution fighting in the bathroom. I am sure you will spend your day with more relaxing pasttimes than I will, but we will meet again after conquering our battles. Enjoy the day.

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2 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. It’s pretty cold here too. Waiting for an oil delivery. The trucks are working as fast as they can because it got cold so suddenly. Big storm last week, big drop in temp this week. Our time change is this coming Saturday. And the tall son comes tomorrow to clear the first of the leaves. All the maples and ask and sassafras have dropped all their leaves, but the oaks are still full of leaves. They are always the last — mid to late November, usually. In some places, they don’t really fall off until new leaves come in the spring.

    Nothing going on here, either. We’ve been really tired and achy. All the rain and the rapidly changing temperatures. Feeling our age, i think. You hang on in there!


    • We had colder weather, but the sun is still shining and suddenly the temperatures are up again. I am so glad for no.1 son and his help with the garden as we are more or less up to date with leaf clearing. The weather prophets tell us the weather stays good for the week and no rain in site. I have never known such a mild November. We usually get our first snowfalls now. The only thing falling at the moment seems to be me.


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