Good Morning

Back garden

Not much exciting in this part of the world today, but Saturdays are never exciting. I will be a stay-at-home domestic servant today. There are even grey skies to match the mood. Mr. Swiss will be on a short expedition to the supermarket for some food remainders. It’s chilli con carne this evening and we like to eat it with fresh special bread, so I hope he finds some in the store. I also have my diabetic tablets waiting at the chemists which he will pick up. Otherwise it is just me and the birds.


As you can see my bird villa is waiting for the visitors outside the window. I draw the curtains in the morning to get a better view with the camera, but I have to be very careful and patient. They are very nervous and notice if there is the slightest movement behind the window, so I have to be patient. The wall behind the birhouse was painted yesterday, the last wall. The painter was moving my birdhouse  to get to the wall, and as soon as he was gone, I moved it back. The paint is now drying, so I will leave it until Monday. The tiles still have to be replaced on the ground on this side of the appartment.

Birdhouse Great Tit

I managed to catch this Great Tit hanging on the seed pouch beneath the birdhouse. He was so engrossed in his food he didn’t notice me doing the honours. The photo is not so sharp as my iPhone 6 only has the basic camera. I am really looking forward to my new iPhone X with the super camera. Mr. Swiss has an iPhone 7 and that even takes the better photos than mine.

Son No. 1 has just waved goodbye as is on the way to the station for the train to Geneva. I told him to take a few photos when he is there. Even he has an iPhone 7, but I am not sure about the photos. He is an autist and has his own way of doing things. I am sure he will be visiting the various record shops in Geneva: music is his hobby.

Great Tit

This little fella decided to see if there was anything worth pecking on the ground beneath the bird house. At the moment my new photos are only birds as I no longer get out on my own so much. My days of walks are no longer possible. Of course I can walk, although no longer smooth running. At home I have no great problem, can use my stick for support if necessary, but outside it is a different kettle of fish. I am worried that I might fall as my left foot is not longer attached to the leg so well. I used to take walks around our village, down to the river, or the local castle, but it is getting strenuous. I hope to get my wheelchair in a week or so and then I will be on my way again taking photos, I hope. I try to make life as comfortable as possible.

And now to organise my Saturday morning. I hope you all have a good week-end. Here is another photo of the birch tree from yesterday on a slightly different angle showing how really big it is. It only does the brown leaf act once a year, so for those interested, here it is again.

Autumn Tree 17.11.2017

11 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. That birch really is awesome! My colleague planted a few in Scott’s Valley thinking that they would someday get big. They rarely do here because the bronze birch borer takes them out pretty quick. However, the trees in Scott’s Valley are doing very well, and will probably last longer than most because they are not near any other birch. They are a few miles out of town. I still doubt that they will get as big as yours is. I think that your region is more similar to their natural habitat, which is why they are ‘European’ white birches.

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    • I didn’t even realise it was a birch. Some trees I recognize but not all. I don’t think we have birch borers here, might be too cold for them. When I get more movable again I will take more photos.

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      • I think that birch borers are only a problem in milder climates. Birches live all over California, all the way to San Diego. Borers get worse farther south, and less of a problem where winters are cooler near the Sierra Nevada.


    • Word has spread that the Angloswiss bird canteen is now open. They all sit in my apple trees opposite and fly over for a bite to eat. We are really surprised as we thought it would be too near our window, but they are getting used to it. We have to fill up the food regularly. We are also glad that the birds peck around on the ground to keep it all tidy.

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    • I got the bird house a couple of years ago, it has a very practical solid construction. The problem was finding the right place. If I have it next to a flower bed, the seeds take root and I have a jungle when Spring arrives. Now it is perfect. Mr. Swiss swept the shells together today, just half a minute, and everything was clean and tidy again.


    • It seems to be every morning we have grey skies. Sometimes we might get a surprise in between and I try to capture the moment on the camera, but not very often. November is a grey month, it is true.


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