Good Morning

Sunrise

I would call this “sunrise of the month”, although we haven’t had many sunrises in December. Generally I awake to grey skies, but today there was a real show. I could even see a couple of peaks of the Bernese Overland from the garden and I am sure if I was on higher land I would have a spectacular view. It is icy cold and I almost froze whilst taking the photos, but what we do for a photo knows no bounds.

We have had no more snow so it looks like smooth runnings to the supermarket today. Again I spent time yesterday on composing my shopping list in a cloud for the next few days. The shops are open on Tuesday again, but I decided to wait until Wedesday. I can cover myself with provisions until then and if there is anything life saving to be bought, Mr. Swiss usually takes a trip to town in the mornings in any case.

Birdhouse 28.12 (21)

Yesterday we had the perfect bird parade in front of my window. The blackbird seemed to do the organising and the sparrows made the most of the seeds that had fallen to the ground from the bird house. It is funny, some days they eat pratically nothing and others they empty the food supply in in a few minutes.

Blackbird 28.12 (7)

We always have a pair of blackbirds somewhere, but this Winter we have more than a pair. I think word has got around that there is a constant supply of food in the AnglosSwiss cage.

Schlumbergera 28.12.2017

My schlumbergera, or Christmas cactus, opened its first flower yesterday and I noticed that there will be many more to come. This is just the first, but the leaves are full of little buds so it looks like it will be a success.

The TV programmes are now full of reflections on the past year, mainly of those that are no longer amongst us. I also heard that the Queen is going to give Ringo Starr, drummer of the Beatles, a knighthood. OK, why not, Paul McCartney has one as well. It just seems strange to have a Sir Ringo Starr. Mr. Swiss is also a drummer, but jazz drummers do not seem to be in the list, or perhaps he got missed out because he is Swiss.

Otherwise nothing spectacular is happening here at the moment. I might try an excursion with my newly acquired electric wheelchair this afternoon if the snow stays away, otherwise I will be learning the controls at home. I discovered wheel chair driving is really not so easy, so many buttons and dials.

And now to depart for the daily vacuum cleaner walk before I enter the unknown. Have a good day/night wherever you are and see you later. I hope there will not be so much traffic on the road today as everyone will be on their food hunting journey.

Road to Langendorf 22.12 (22)

8 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. Lovely sunrise … and I like the color of your cactus. One of mine used to be pink, but for some reason, this year, both of them are dark red. I didn’t know they could change color like that.

    We can’t shop until Tuesday either because Garry’s pension won’t come in until them because of the year change. This time of month, money is usually a bit thin, but waiting those extra days … well … VERY thin this time!

    Happy New Year! We’ve made another round of the calendar!

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  2. Perhaps the Queen of England recognizes the contributions of the Beatles sort of Rock and Roll music to English culture. I don’t get it either, but then, consider who our President is. Ronald Reagan was President too. Arnold Swartznegger was our Governor. What was that about?
    Is the Queen the Queen of England or the Queen of Britain?

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    • She is Queen of Britain as far as I know and also has a few crown colonies still where she is Queen. Actually the Beatles were given the MBE medal by the queen and John Lennon returned it because of a few political issues at the time. I remember the time of Ronald Reagan and I also remember the B movies he played in from my dad’s days. I suppose the main thing was that he wasn’t a communist at the time. I knew Arnold Schwarzenegger when he was still a body builder in Austria.

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  3. I suppose that it will be “Arise Sir Richard Starkey” not arise Sir Ringo. If John and George were still with us I don’t know if they would accept the honour. Giving knighthoods to millenials with the weird names they have now would sound very odd. Good thing that Americans don’t do it. “Arise Sir Ice Cube” I don’t think so.
    I’m not sure which Crown Colonies are left but I think Queen Elizabeth is queen of most Commonwealth countries as a title anyway.

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    • I was also wondering if he would be Richard Starkey. I just read that Barry Gibb also gets a knighthood. I wonder if the queen does it herself, although the sword is not so heavy. Crown colonies are a thing of the past. I grew up in the „Britsin ruled the waves“ years.

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      • Hong Kong was one of the last I think that is long gone. I think Prince Charles stands in for the Queen more often now so not sure if she’d do the ceremony herself. No doubt we’ll see it on the news.

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        • Hong Kong was only “rented” from the Chinese and GB had to give it back after 100 years I think. I seem to get my news these days online, although Mr. Swiss always watches it on TV

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