Good Morning

Morning Clouds

The view from my kitchen window shows some sort of cumulus clouds this morning, will they stay or will they go is the question? There is a nip in the air and according to our weather forecast it will be a little chilly over the week-end. It is now the “Eisheilige” which does not really exist in my home country of England, but you can translate it as the frost saints, meaning three days in late Spring when it can get colder. One of the Saints is the “cold Sophie” which I never forget, because it was my mother-in-law’s name. At the moment she seems to be living up to her reputation. There is already some snow in the higher parts of Switzerland and I remember some years ago when I bought some geraniums, planted them in their boxes, and the next day they were covered in snow, but they survived as it was a short lived experience.


Currently I am quite happy with the cooler temperatures – gives me a reason to move and not just sit around. I have noticed with my recovery broken leg campaign, that it is the best thing to do. I am so happy with my newly acquired kalanchoe plant. They are so thankful, do not need too much care, water once a week in a bath, and they flower for a long while.

Yesterday it was shopping in the morning and after lunch I remained at home on the porch. I had a few computer tasks to complete and photos to upload. I was thinking about going for a wheelie in the evening, but decided to stay at home and do some reading. It would have been a candlelight supper for Mr. Swiss and me as No. 1 son was not at home, but at a concert of one of the local bands. It was too bright for candles and so we ate our pizza outside on the porch – it was a quick meal as I did not make the pizza myself.

Laburnum Tree 11.05.2018

I am seeing these beautiful flowering trees everywhere at the moment in my area. Mr. Swiss calls them “Goldregen” meaning gold rain, so I had a look in the Wikipedia on the computer and discovered they are Laburnum, also known as gold chain. Of course I had heard of Laburnum, but did not know that they were so beautiful. Beautiful but highly poisonous, so taking photos is OK, but better not touch them.

Road to Langendorf 11.05 (9)

It is a great time of the year for flowering trees and as we drove up to the entrance of the supermarket yesterday I saw that their two horse chestnut trees were now flowering, one in red and the other in white. I see them every year, same place same time and find it wonderful that they always return.

Otherwise the food plan is made and organised. Mr. Swiss realised that he has almost no coffee so will make an excursion to the store whilst I am busy living a life of golden oldie luxury at home, on a trip with the mop and vacuum cleaner around the appartment (just half an hour) and preparing our lunch.

Have a good week-end, may the weather be with you, and a good functioning computer. I will leave you with yesterday’s view of the Jura mountains as we left our home for the supermarket.

Clouds 11.05 (3)

12 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. Looks like another perfect day for you in your Alpine community. Here, all rain and chilly weather and I’m back in sweaters. We also had a Memorial Service and we had to be out of the house early too. It was a great service, probably because Charlie was one of those amazing people who changes lives and somehow never takes himself seriously. We will miss him and so will have the state of Massachusetts.

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    • I went to bed with the sounds of thunder and rain and awoke to genuine bird song, it might be a grey day today. I saw that you were off to Boston for a memorial service and funeral, sad but the guy who passed in seemed to be a real character. We also lost a colleague last week, very sudden. These things happen too often as you become a golden oldie


  2. Golden chain trees are actually good street trees. They do not get too big, and they have complaisant roots. I would like more in Los Angeles, and maybe some in San Jose as well. (I do not do as much locally as I do in Los Angeles.) I really do not know why the horsechestnuts are so rare. They are excellent street trees. They look so distinguished even at a young age. I like that quality in a tree for confined urban settings. Redwoods just don’t always do the trick.

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    • I read that Laburnum Is very poisonous. I have never seen them on the streets here. Horse chestnut are every where. Even new plants after a year are flowering. Only my tree in the garden not, but I grew that from a chestnut and perhaps they do not flower so well

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      • Well, if it is poisonous enough, it is only poisonous once.
        The horse chestnuts that are purchased in nurseries might have been grown from cuttings of adult growth, so do not need time to mature. Seed grown trees might start with juvenile growth that takes a few years to mature, like avocados. I really do not know.

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      • We have our own native California horsechestnut, which we now as buckeye. It is not a very pretty tree, and defoliated twice annually. It lacks foliage most of the time. (I really can not figure out how it stays alive without leaves.) It defoliates for the cool of winter, AND the dry warmth of summer. The pale yellowish white flowers are not much to look at, but are nicely fragrant in abundance. There were a few in the forest at home that I really liked, although I do not like them in refined landscapes.

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          • Even those with white flowers are probably what we know as English horsechestnut. It is doubtful (but possible) that any of the North American specie have been imported there. They just are not as practical for landscaping, and some get quite large.

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