Good Morning

Back Garden Morning

Just another morning in the backwoods of Switzerland. A breeze is blowing which I do not mind. although some say it is a cold annoying wind – no names mentioned. The builders opposite are now celebrating their week-end, having finished the construction of the scaffolding. After going through the process on my own block last year, I know exactly their logistics. First of all the scaffolding specialists arrive and fit their steel poles and platforms together. The next part will be the actual bulders with their automatic chisels and scrapers and noise. I became the expert last year.

Now we have peace and quiet for the week-end. We had a slight bread problem for breakfast this morning. There were only hard remainders, dry and unappetising, but a fresh bread half baked from the supermarket, actually for Sunday.

Bread baking

The idea was to show this wonderful bread baking in the over, but there were too many light effects from the outside background and the photographer was in the wrong place.  On the other hand we have one of those special Pulitzer prize suspicious photos. I was impatient so chopped a few slices off and put them in the toaster. It was wonderfully fresh with butter and lemon curd.

Road to Langendorf 04.05 (6)

The only escape I managed yesterday was a visit to the supermarket and so it was the only opportunity I had for a few photos. We were late going as I was apparently sitting at the computer too long with my breakfast, although I did not think so.  One of those slight misunderstandings. We seem to be surrounded by cranes and building sites. This site is just near the supermarket. A year ago the old appartment blocks were still standing and I even took photos of their destruction. Mr. Swiss lived there with his mum many years ago. Now there are new appartment blocks which will be finished some time this year. Everything changes so fast.

I am thinking of a wheelie this afternoon, according to how I feel, how long my midday sleep will be and what the weather is doing. I have chilli con carne to cook this evening, no big deal, but it does not prepare and cook itself unfortunately.

In the meanwhile I will move on otherwise I might be spending too much time on the computer, although today is a straight run through of the usual. My appartment is now up to Mrs. Angloswiss standards, having completed my last task yesterday since breaking a leg four months ago, of cleaning the back windows. I now feel happy. I even tidied my bathroom cabinet this week and discovered lipsticks and nail varnish which were fit objects for a museum exhibition. I threw it all: the lipsticks seemed to be melting and the nail varnish was nail fungus suspicious if used.

I will leave you with another photo from yesterday’s excursion to the supermarket, a glimpse of the Jura mountains which form the backdrop to the supermarket. Those lampposts always interrupt the perfect photo.

Road to Langendorf 04.05 (3)

Have fun everyone, enjoy the week-end and do not forget your computers, they also need you and miss you when you are not there.

6 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. Your countryside is so beautiful. I have heard of the Jura Mountains but I thought they were in Russia somewhere, good to know they are in Switzerland. It has been a rainy foggy weekend here, good for the azaleas blooming but bad for yardwork. We have over 100 potted plants and we squeeze them in the house for the long winter. Every spring I take them out onto the glassed in back porch, big enough for a glass table with four chairs and wire rack plant stands, each with four shelves, that are sturdy and can take the weight of the clay pots. I have enough clay pots that the empty ones get soaked in vinegar water for a few hours which takes off the white scale due to there being too much lime in the water supply, Then after an overnight soak and a little scrubbing with a used pot scrubber that was ready to be replaced anyway at the kitchen sink, the pots are as good as new. Then set up a potting station, with compost, some wood chips, last year’s soil all mixed together and away we go. That will be for Monday. Meanwhile the areas inside that are emptying out get that good ole’ Spring Cleaning. Today I accomplished the dining room, although my wife had a few final touches to show she was not totally happy with all my work, she always has to find one or two little things that need her touch. That’s what love is all about. It is supposed to rain tomorrow so I suppose after church we will move onto the back bedroom where there is another wall of plants in the window that need a summer vacation on the back porch.

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    • Sounds like a lot of work, but thankful. I am working out how to plant my two bowls of daffodils in the garden for the years to come. Having MS and breaking a leg this year does not help, but I am sure to find a way, with some help from my son. I don’t really do Spring cleaning, but prefer to do the cleaning regularly. It is not so much stress for me. Luckily I now have a cleaning lady that comes three hours a week.

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  2. We had a glorious day. I went outside to hunt for flowers somewhere on my property and did not find any. OTHER people have flowers, but we have only Solomon’s Seal (wild) and violets (also wild) and big buds on the rhododendron. But we have shoots. Lots and lots of shoots and the trees are blooming, or nearly blooming. And tomorrow, rain. Maybe THAT will bring some daffodils.

    Love the shining colors in your house!

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    • We had such a sunny warm April, that I had flowers popping up everywhere and some are already finished. The next ones to flower are the columbine which are already there and the iris which are in bud. I have a bit too much wild growth at the moment but I cannot do as much as I used to.
      The shining colours are the reflection of the oven lamps 🙂

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  3. Why are so many apartments being built? Well, I suppose people need a place to live; but are more people moving to your particular region, or is it going on everywhere? It seems that writers all over the world are experiencing the same sort of construction.

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    • In Switzerland it is all controlled by the local authorities. These new appartments are replacing the old ones that were no longer in good shape. A lot of building is repair work. Switzerland is a small country and there are laws applied to how much land can be used for building, keeping areas free for forests and agriculture

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