Daily Prompt: The Lawn

The finished garden

Once upon a time there was lawn. It was not a Wimbledon Tennis Court Lawn, but it had been newly planted and everone was happy. There was grass that would make its way and grow. It even had an automatic lawn mower, lovingly named Mowey,  that would roll over the lawn daily keeping it nicely neat and tidy, the cut off snippings of the grass being used as a fertiliser to encourage the grass to grow. Yes, it was a happy lawn.

One day the workmen with their heavy boots arrived and began to trample this lawn.


The workmen had no respect for the green grass of my home, it was in the way, and so they drove the supports of the scaffolding into the edges, they laid heavy tools and objects on the lawn, which were important for the work progress. The lawn fought back. It fought for 8 months during the summer, but it despaired. there was no longer a Mowey taking its daily mowing walk across the grass, and there was slowly less grass. One day the work was finished, but the builders left patches of brown earth with some brave remainders of surviving grass in between.

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But we did not despair as we heard the light footsteps of the gardening team approaching on the horizon. They came to renew the building crimes that had been perpetrated to this lawn. They were the rescuers that came to save what could be saved. First of all they removed the beginnings of Autumn and leaves were removed from the surrounding flower beds. The earth was raked and the remainders of the still existing lawn were trimmed. A gardener’s angel was then appointed to sow the seeds of the new lawn, although it was already mid November, when temperatures were beginining to hover around 0°C during the night, but undaunted the lawn rescuing team continued. The seeds were sown and only time can now tell what could happen.


It is now a week before Christmas and it seems that the old lawn is fighting its way through the earth slowly but surely. The ground is covered with a layer of grass seeds waiting to go forth and multiply when the warmer weather arrives next year. Who knows if this will happen. Now and again an army of sparrows decides to go on a foraging tour to enhance their diet with grass seeds, but we are keeping a watchful eye on the situation. It can only get better, and one day our meager lawn will again be the green, green grass of home, perhaps.

Daily Prompt: The Lawn

Good Morning


At least a bit of contour in the sky this morning and no grey sheets of cloud. It is clearing constantly and I have a feeling it will be one of those very cold clear days today, perhaps even with a bit of sunshine. We live in the more northern middle part of Switzerland, and are usually quite lucky not to get such extreme weather situations. Yesterday evening Zürich was caught in a snow storm which lamed the roads. Trams could no longer travel, and there were a few accidents, nothing too serious, involving busses. Here it was very windy, but no snow, not even rain.

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I got a closer look at the poles in our estate showing the outlines of the new building. It is larger than I thought and very long. Looks like next year will be a busy building year, again, but this time not on our block.


I had a closer look at my amaryllis plantation this morning. I now have them on the floor to prevent any further accidents if they might fall. The amaryllis on the left is the remains of my wonderful white amaryllis that lost all the flowers in a tumbling accident. The taller amaryllis on the right is the one I managed to regrow from last year and is already showing a flower, although not as tall as it was originally. The other two are new: a white one and a deep red one. I am hoping for a good show this year.

This morning was a day of new bed linen so we were both busy for a while getting it sorted. Actually it is no big problem. I can manage with the duvet and pillow but the fitted sheet is a bit strenuous which I leave to Mr. Swiss. It is now done. We had to do the week-end shopping yesterday as I will be on my own for part of the morning, which also has an advantage as I do have more time on Friday morning, but had a lot less time yesterday.

I just got a delivery of my MS medicine which we have to shift into the fridge that I have especially for the purpose in the cellar. It was supposed to arrive yesterday, but there was some sort of mix-up. As it is Christmas next week, I had to organised it earlier than usual. There is no cure for MS, and all you can do, in my case, is to inject a special mixture (which I do myself every second day) to slow down the progress. I suppose it works, but generally you take medicine to get better, and because you do not feel any immediate “getting better” effects you wonder if it is a good idea. All I know is that I have blue marks on my skin in various places from the injections, which do disappear after a week or so. I ordered 3 months supply which will be enough until March next year.

And now I should really move on, time is passing, although I am not going places today. Will just have a freshen up of my windows this morning. Have a good day everyone, the real stress begins next week with the Christmas shopping before the shops close down for 3-4 days, at least they do here.

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