A dramatic sky this morning, but according to the weather forecast it can only get better. Yesterday was like a summer’s day almost and was really warm in the afternoon. Easter does have one advantage, there is no more shopping and excursions to the supermarket. Yesterday the stores were open, but I had already stocked up on food and so had no purpose to sink into the turmoil of the shopping crowds. I went for a wheelie in my chair in the afternoon, nothing special, but just to get some fresh air. It was more a nature drive.
I began my journey through the local cemetery, which is a paradise for flowers and trees. I was almost alone travelling through, just a few people here and there organising their flowers.
As I wheeled through the village I had a wonderful companion on my way. A red kite was exercising its wings overhead and it seemed to be following me wherever I went. Mr. Swiss told me that it was also circulating over our part of the village. It was a real flying show.
I had a look in at the farm on my way, but it was lacking in action. The chickens were gone, at least the normal laying hens. There was just a group of this exotic version pecking around in the grass. They are very fluffy and some sort of special species. As the other hens and rooster had all disappeared, I came to the conclusion that their egg laying days had come to an end and were now laying their eggs up in the big sky. Perhaps Jack might meet them when he climbs his beanstalk.
I also met a few cows on the way, so things are gradually returning to the warmer days of the year on the pastures. I really enjoyed my wheelie, getting out in the fresh air again instead of the shopping routine. Today I am going nowhere and am taking it easy at home. I think I will bake a Swiss apple flan this afternoon. We then have something decent for tea, naturally with whipped cream. I had problems with my breakfast this morning. There was only a remainder of bread left which was beginning to develop hard crusts. Luckily I had a small reserve of toast bread, so out came the toaster and I had a nice start to the day with toast, butter and honey. I have just baked a plait bread (challah as some say 🙂 ) which will carry us through until Tuesday, I hope.
Planning meals until Tuesday is a genuine feat of logistics, but it has its rewards. I can now take it easy, no rush. I just watched from my window as my neighbour hung out some washing to dry in her garden. That was also something you never saw a few years ago at Easter. I am glad that these old customs are gradually disappearing and life can continue as normal.
I have been having a few surprised in my garden lately: all sort of flowers have appeared that I have never seen before thanks to the lady that designed my new look. Yesterday I saw this.
Just a plain white tulip. From a distance it seemed as if a white rose had appeared, but when I got closer realised it was a white tulip. I planted red and yellow tulips some years ago, but do not remember planting a white one, and it is all on its own. I really do not know where this one came from or do yellow tulips change their colour eventually?
This flower also opened up. This plant has many buds: another surprise from my gardener. Apparently it is a helianthemum, also known as a sun rose, adding a lovely patch of colour to my growing garden. I am discovering plants that I never knew existed.
And now to move on. Despite my restful holidays, we must still eat. Mr. Swiss is listening to the radio in the room next door and I had a nice memory of listening to Dusty Springfield as I am writing. Enjoy everything, and take it easy watching the flowers grow.