Good Morning


Good morning again, I am back this morning after yesterday’s misery of being cut off from the internet world and all the trimmings. I have a bit of a different timetable this week in any case. Since No. 1 son is away on holiday, we have far too much bread. Mr. Swiss and I are not big bread eaters, just breakfast and tea and more than 1-2 slices for each of us are enough. We have now changed to the bread that you can bake in the oven according to how you want it, so I am spoiling myself with croissants for breakfast. I love them, but there are disadvantages. They are nice and hot from the oven and when you eat them they tend to make flakes everywhere. I will not even begin to tell you about the jam splodges. I just had to spend a few minutes cleaning up the mess on the table, my keyboards and hunting the flies away. Eating by an open window door in the kitchen is not very advisable “Grubs up” says one fly to another and they are already there.

Now I have organised myself and hope for smooth runnings apart from the odd fly that has not yet given up.

Hibiscus 18.07 (3)

This year really seems to be developing into a super year for the garden. I have never seen so many flowers on my hibiscus since it began to grow from a seed. They only flower for a day, but the next day there are just as many to take their place. It also has disadvantages I read this morning in the local newspaper online. It seems that we have a record harvest of fruit and vegetable and the farmers have so much it is no longer worth their while. The prices they get for their harvest are not profitable enough. Of course they should sell it cheaper for the public, but then the farmers are out of pocket. It seems we grow food not to feed the people, but to make sure everyone earns enough money. I dread to think of what will probably be thrown away.

We have a record harvest of cherries in Switzerland. The cherry trees usually suffer from hail storms and weather problems, but this year our cherries are bigger and better than ever.

Baselstrasse 16.07 (1)

Due to heatwave weather yesterday and catching up on stuff I missed on internet, I did not go anywhere or do very much. I decided it was now time to sort my 30,000 photos in my Flickr photo programme. They are organised in various sections, but there are ways and means to find them quicker with tags. Doing it on the iPad is quite easy as I can relax in a chair.


It looks like it will be a good day today. When there a few fluffy clouds around in the morning, we usually get a light breeze to accompany them so I might venture a tour in my wheelchair this afternoon, with camera of course. There is nothing planned otherwise, just taking it easy. I hope you all can also take it easy and enjoy the day as much as possible.

8 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. All our cherries get eaten by the birds before we even can say: The cherries are ripe 🙂
    We bought the most wonderful, tasty, full and round cherries this year on the market. And I bought 2.5kg of toms at the Coop this morning for 2.90….. there won’t be much for the growers but it’s still better than throwing it all out. It’s no fun to be a greengrocer these days.


    • They are selling extra large cherries in the Migros at the moment at a reasonable price. I have so many apples on my trees at the moment I am hoping that the branches won’t break


  2. It is a shame that when there is a good harvest nobody really seems to beneift from it. We’ve had the same thing happen here with surplus fruit and veg being destroyed because it is not worth the farmers while to sell it. It is such a waste especially when you know there are people in need who could use it but it is tough on the farmers too. This is a big apple and cherry growing area and last summer was a good one for the cherries as they were not damaged by frost or hail before the harvest. The best ones go overseas to China and Japan for incredible prices but the ones considered not export quality can be bought from roadside stalls. It’s nice to be able to buy fruit that was grown in an orchard near home.

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    • That is a good idea with the roadside stalls. We have a weekly market in our local town where various farmers sell their products, but not very much cheaper than in the stores. I know too little about the economics of Swiss farming, but I know they get their subventions from the state and have contingents of what they can produce. If they have too much the sales prices sink and they are not earning. They also have their problems if the cows are producing too much milk and milk has also been thrown away for this reason

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  3. Your hibiscus looks RAD! Mine never looked that good. I did not like them much. They were there when I moved in. One was blue or lavender. The other was white with a red center. The bloomed nicely, but the foliage was always yellowish. That is normal for the region. I believe that they dislike the slightly alkaline soil.

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    • The original mother plant was blue but reverted to this colour eventually and its seeds began to grow everywhere, it died and I planted three seedlings which are now large bushes. They grow very well in our climate and a lot of gardens have them. This year is a good year for growing. I always have a good show of flowers, but this year is especially good.

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