Sedum from my garden with a bee getting into the picture.
Sedum from my garden with a bee getting into the picture.
Define a Lady. I was in town once and suddenly this group of ladies appeared. They were dressed in Swiss national costume and were on an outing together. Perhaps they were members of a yodel choir. The national dress is not something you usually order in a mail catalogue, but is made to measure by a dress maker and they are not easy to make. Although it is defined as the national costume, I can hardly imagine that the great great grandparents wore such wonderful creations. Actually there are two kinds of costume, that for working days and that for Sundays and holidays. This is the Sunday dress. The workday dress was in a similar style, but the material was more plain and of course no flowers worn in the bosom of the ladies. Experts can even say which part of Switzerland the national dress shown is worn. I would say Kanton Bern in this case, but just a guess on my side Note the jewellery, a plain broach.
It is an expensive way to dress today, but in the past it was the normal daily costume, at least the cheaper work day version.
At the beginning of May last year I discovered this plant growing in my garden. I wrote about it here now and again as I watched it growing. I did not know where it came from or where it was going. My first thought was that it was a rhubarb plant, although the stalks were not so rhubarby – no red colouring. Perhaps it was something poisonous? It then came to pass that my gardener was weeding and taking care of my garden and asked what he should do with it, He also did not really know what it was. In the meanwhile it was expanding and growing. I made a rash decision, and told the gardener to remove it.
And look what I discovered growing in my garden today. At first it disguised itself as a hollyhock, when it began to grow, as I have a few hollyhocks. But hollyhock leaves behave, they do not expand and stretch, they remain neat and allow a stalk to grow with the flower buds. This mysterious plant shows no attempt at a flower bud at the moment. It is just growing and making one mega leaf after another, with fleshy stalks.
It is growing in the same place as the one I had removed last year, which leads me to the conclusion that it is planning to take over and remaining. I had a look in my PlantSnap identification system and it said it was garden rhubarb. I have come to the conclusion that the gardener did not dig deep enough to remove traces of this strange plant and a remainder was left which has decided to grow and appear again in my garden this year.
This year no rash decisions will be made and I will leave this plant to grow. It might be quite tasty. If my blog suddenly disappears this summer, blame it on the consumption of a rhubarb pie, which was not actually rhubarb.
It is the day that the rains came down, but not so torrential, just a steady downpour. I do not mind as after two weeks of no rain and watering the garden every day it is a pleasant change, although if it becomes a week of rain, I will glad when it goes again. With the weather you can never be satisfied. I am not going places at the moment in any case.
First of all I was condemned to a week of shopping due to Easter. Easter Monday did not do me any favours and I was forced to go shopping on Tuesday and yesterday which are not my normal shopping days. Today is Friday so back to the store this afternoon for the week-end food and then next week I will be isolated in my village. A shopping trip on Monday afternoon to cover until Thursday again because our local railway lines are being replaced and we have May Day on Wednesday. May Day is just half a day in the afternoon for a holiday. Perhaps I might venture into town to see if something interesting is happening. I believe our social party might stage a small gathering and there will be some sort of local politician holding a speech, although I am not sure. In my younger days I was just glad to have half a day’s holiday, but now I have the time to explore the world around me and I might get a few photos for the camera.
I even managed to read two chapters of a book yesterday evening. My life style no longer allows for so much “me” time and I am seriously thinking about cutting down on my blogging life. Nothing drastic, and I will write my usual daily pieces. I need it to keep my brain alive. It is just the challenges that I might be reducing. We are both not getting younger and time has become the most important commodity that we have.
Yesterday I was at the store for a few bits and pieces and was surprised how empty it was. I had the parking spaces for handicapped to myself. Today they have one of those special days with 10% less on everything meaning it might get a little hectic for everyone. Personally I would rather have the 10% more and peace in my shopping routine. I will probably have to fight for a parking space today.
By the way I treated myself to a gift. They do not usually sell them in the store, but had a special offer. It is a grabber, at least I think that is what they are called. I could have ordered one some time ago, but never bothered, but I do have problems when I drop something to pick it up. Now I have my grabber. I find it is really useful. I can even clamp a cleaning cloth in the grip to wipe over the difficult places. They naturally only had the basic model in the store, but it is fine for me.
And now action time to keep my joints moving. Have a good day wherever you are. I leave you with a tulip greeting. They are not mine, but I saw them last week on a wheelie around the village and found them to really be something special.
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