Good Morning

Boxing Day Morning

Where is the snow? Exactly, we might live in Switzerland, land of ski slopes and white covered mountains, but when you live in the flat land you get what lays under the clouds. At the moment it is dull and dismal, but a few neighbours decided to brighten up the scene with their Christmas lights.  Even I have a candle burning on my breakfast table for a little morning atmosphere.

I just proved a theoretical problem. If you spread a slice of bread with butter and jam and you drop it, which side does it arrive on when it hits the ground below. There is a narrow choice: with or without the jammy side downwards. Yes you guessed correctly, so I had to find a damp cloth to wipe the jam off the floor

Road to Langendorf 22.12 (6)

Otherwise it is another day at home today. The stores are not yet open and so we are still raiding the fridge and cupboards for food supplies. We have enough so we will not starve. Today I have the good old iron reserve of a ham and red cabbage, together with potatoes: everything that you can keep

Ham and Red Cabbage

The nice thing about this meal is that it cooks itself more or less. The ham is already cooked and I only have to heat it through in its plastic bag. I have to chop the cabbage, which I usully fry in butter, add some red wine and spice it up and leave it to cook for a couple of hours until lunch time. The final touch is a shot of fruit vineagar about 15 minutes before serving. Afterwards a routine job with the potatoes and what could possibly go wrong. I usually do this meal on the last days of a longer holiday as I can always buy it in advance.

I discovered I also have enough bread until Friday, frozen but freshly frozen. Actually Mr. Swiss had a quick check through today and discovered we can also forget a shopping trip tomorrow. We still have stuff left for lunch tomorrow (spaghetti with tuna fish sauce and a side salad).

This means that I will remain a prisoner until Friday when they let me out again for the New Year shopping. New Year is nothing special in our house, but being humans we still have to eat. I have a complete day tomorrow to compose the shopping list.

Sparrows 25.12 (10)

The sparrows were busy yesterday pecking at the seeds on the bird house. They seem to be the scavengers of the bird world. I have the fattest sparrows in the area. The magpies have just arrived for breakfast, the remains of the bread. The crows have not yet put in an appearance.

And now all is right in the angleswiss world more or less. I will now move onto preparing my red cabbage and afterwards might even clean the bathroom – out of boredom of course.

Have a good day everyone, see you later.

Schlumbergera and Pointsettia

8 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. It is unfortunate that white winters are not a “sure thing” anymore. Same is happening up north in Southern Finland. Sad really. Anyway it is all about adapting and making the best out of dull days, Happy Holidays to you!

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      • Sure. I guess it depends on your expectations and what you are comparing it to. The author mentioned “dull and dismal” which I personally can relate to. Especially when you are used to white and beautiful surroundings. I definitely prefer a cold white and bright winter in Helsinki to a wet dark and dirty one. That is not to say that you cant have fun or see the beauty of your surroundings without snow or whatever else.

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    • It is perhaps not really necessary but it looks good. In My part of the world Winters can be quite harsh and definitely no warm temperatures.
      I was in Finnland In summer for a couple of days and it was quite pleasant. I think the short winter days would be a problem for me. I am not so much used to the frosty snow being originally a Brit

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  2. The dogs are happily consuming the final end of our lamb stew and the driveway is also, finally, shoveled out. We can now — almost — leave the driveway. Just a little shoveling to go around the car. Snow is pretty, but it really is a pain in the butt.

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    • There is never anything left to consume when no. 1 son eats with us. This afternoon we had blue skies and clouds. Thursday evening it will begin to snow but at the week-End we will have temperatures of 10 degrees C so no snow left afterwards, it will just melt away. If this continues the daffodils will soon be flowering


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