Good Morning

Alps 07.03 (8)

A bit of a dreary morning again with rain just like yesterday. Yesterday changed by the afternoon and the sun was shining now and again so I decided to get out and see what the local world had to offer. I was not feeling so adventurous so decided to stay in the village in the area where I am at home. It is on a rise so you get some good views now and again. One of the first I saw was across to the Bernese Overland which was still showing itself reflecting the sunlight. It looks quite close, but there is a vast expanse of flat land in between, including many villages and the towns of Bern an Thun. We often spent our summer holidays in Grindelwald in Summer which is about the closest you get to seeing the big three (Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains).

I wheeled on to see if there was anything new to see in the village.

Feldbrunnen Estate 07.03 (14)

A lot of building began last year and we seemed to have cranes everywhere. this block of flats has now been finished. They were built for senior residents and to rent and not buy. I am sure they are the  best modern design for golden oldies, but the rental is probably not cheap. Three thousand Swiss Francs monthly is not unusual to pay today and I would say these apartments are for those with money to spare.

Feldbrunnen Estate 07.03.2019

There is of course laws which prohibit every open space being built on. This is part of one of the local farms and ready for the cows with their food trough and water tank. It is still a little early to let the cows out but they will soon be arriving. This is the friendly farmer that lets his cows keep their horns and does not have them removed from the calves when they are still babies.

Garbage Burning Zuchwil 07.03.2019

In the background of the last photo you can see one of our less picturesque places. It is outside of our village, across the river Aare in Zuchwil and is where the garbage is delivered to where it is burnt. The chimneys seem to be smoking permanently, but it never smells. Even Switzerland has to have their garbage disposed of. As you can see a river runs through it all. On our side it is our village, and on the other the next village of Zuchwil already begins. When I first arrived in this part of Switzerland I lived and worked in Zuchwil.

Clouds 07.03 (6)

There are some picturesque views on the edge of the village and yesterday the clouds were also playing their part in the show.

Eventually I wheeled my way home, it was a short tour of one and half hours, but I was glad to get out in the fresh air, although there was a cold breeze blowing. Some of the apartment blocks were now also being renovated. Our was renewed two years ago and it seems to be the idea that when the building reaches the 20 year limit the outsides are given a fresh coat of paint and reinforced. I worked out that I will be 92 years old if and when our block is again renovated if I am still here.

And today is day if the week-end shopping again. The list is made with a few qustion marks. It is so difficult to think of something new to serve to the hungry population at my table and no-one seems to have any bright ideas.

As I left my home yesterday I noticed that my front garden is coming alive with its Spring bulbs, the nice ones. I hope you all have a good week-end before you and I will leave you with the Spring greeting from my garden.

Crocus 07.03 (3)

6 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. Thank you for the tour. Just north of Launceston the state’s second city there is a resort named Grindlewald. I suspect the original owners may have come from your part of the world. I think they even had a Swiss restaurant.
    The crocus is very pretty. I’ve just ordered bulbs myself which will be planted in April or May depending on the weather. If it stays warm I will wait a little longer for the soil to cool. As I was deadheading my roses the other day I am sure I saw a little shoot poking out of the ground. Someone really needs to tell the daffodils that they are not supposed to be growing yet.

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    • There are many places in the world with Swiss names, especially the States and Australia. It is where various Swiss settled and kept the names. Grindelwald would be a small village, but has been discovered by the tourists and is a holiday place.
      Seems strange to me to plant bulbs now, but that is the difference in our regions in the world. You celebrate Christmas in the sun on the beach whilst we are freezing and everything is covered with snow. Our daffoldils are now preparing their buds and in a couple of weeks will be flowering.

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  2. Good Morning.
    Those crocus in the last picture are ‘Pickwick’. I remember them because they were the first crocus I ever planted. I put them around the roots of a new fruitless mulberry tree. My mother explained that they were the first flowers to emerge to bloom through the melting snow. I had no concept of ‘snow’.

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  3. We get tired of the same food all the time, but at some point, I run out of ideas too. Tomorrow is shopping day. Maybe I’ll find something creative, although what that might be? No idea. Salmon? Trout? Swordfish? I’m actually tired of shrimp — never thought THAT could happen.

    I spent all day at the neurologist and discovered that I’m not (yet) demented, maybe it’s all complicated migraine … or … epilepsy, which it turns out is very common. The MOST common neurological disease in the world. One person in 26 has it, had it, or will have it. Go figure!

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    • Thre is so much to combine with cooking. Finding something new, not too expensive and not a long job cooking.
      Glad that things got a little sorted with the hospital visit. There are so many unexpected health worries. Suddenly getting old. Mr. Swiss lost 25 kilos in weight , he was examined inside out but nothing serious found thank goodness, just old age. He has
      a back problem which would be too dangerous to operate and has now his walking problems. Despite my MS I am still mobile, but now do the shopping on my own, although Mr. Swiss comes now and again for the ride. He no longer drives. How things can change so quickly.

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