Good Morning

Front Garden in the rain

Yesterday it stopped raining at lunch time and was a clear day afterwards, even with a bit of sun, but today the rains have returned.  My daffodil is now looking a little bedraggled, but all good things come to an end at some time.  When it is completely finished it will be replaced probably with a potted rose and planted in my garden around my buddleia which I did with last year’s crop.

Lilac 26.04 (1)

The lilac tree opposite my garden is now thinking about opening its flowers. It is one of the bushes planted in our wild meadow and has been there since we moved in, 20 years ago. Time really flies. We were living in a rented apartment before we moved here. It was in town and in an old building. We even had cockroaches as neighbours now and again. They had probably been living between the floorboards before we arrived. I hate the pests, although you did not often see them. We lived there for 18 years, bringing up 4 kids, but it was a nice roomy place with four bedrooms and a large kitchen where we could eat. However the kitchen was fairly basic with gas. We had a washing machine and dishwasher fitted into it, so it was comfortable living (except for the cockroaches now and again). We even had a mansard room (in the roof) which was useful as an office. Sometimes Mr. Swiss would use it for painting. There were no cockroaches there, just a mouse now and again.

We also had a cellar and I am not really sure what lived down there when we were not there. That is the disadvantage with the old buildings I suppose. After we moved out another family moved in and a couple of years later the whole place was renovated with all mod cons. Can you renovate cockroaches? I am sure they are still there somewhere in a dark corner continuing their lives: one of the disadvantages of old buildings and living in town I suppose

Now we live in the country amongst the hedgehogs and crows. The only roommates we might have are the occasional spider or creeping immigrant from the garden, but they are no big problem. Yesterday I had a spider stranded in my sink in the kitchen. He was struggling to get out but kept slipping back on the metal wall of the sink. I decided to help and picked him up with kitchen paper and deposited him in the garden. He waved goodbye and disappeared in the undergrowth.

Sun roses and a caterpillar

I am really getting some surprises with the plants my gardening designer put into my newly constructed garden. I identified these as sun roses (helianthemum for the experts) which really add a nice splash of colour to my raised bed. Even my caterpillar seems to appreciate them.

Otherwise life goes on as usual in the backwoods of Switzerland. Yesterday it was week-end shopping and the store was almost empty. I was surprised as I thought it was a 10% day, but it seems only for the electronics: vacuum cleaners, computers, washing machies etc. I did my shopping quite quickly and today realised I forgot to get something for Monday lunch, meaning either I go again today (which is a no go for me) or find something to dish up. Pasta and tomato sauce is not really my thing. I have now decided to go shopping on Monday morning. In the afternoon our local exit from the village is closed due to work on the railway for a couple of days and I am not sure how it will be organised. If I deal with my shopping on Monday morning I can leave by the normal exit. I will do shopping to cover up to Thursday. I already have the menu planned and then the railway work will be finished. I am becoming a qualified logistic expert.

I have also decided to cut back a little on my blogging exercises and am reducing the photo challenges I do. They were fun while they lasted, but they need time. I want to move with more freedom on my computer and take photos. Challenges tend to narrow my field of action and my time is no longer as it was. I move slower and have a family to care for. My reading time also suffers and that is my ideal relaxing time.

And now to get today planned, I will leave you. Even Saturday has its work to do. It looks like it will be a wet one so no wheelie excursions. May the sun shine where you are, and if not, I am sure you will find something to occupy yourself with, like a computer.

Ornament Back Garden

In the meanwhile my garden snail says goodbye. He is busy looking after my plants.

18 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. The snail and the caterpillar look so nice. I too stopped photo challenges quite some time ago. I like writing better and enjoy them. Nice reading about your old house. 😊 Have a nice weekend. Regards

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      • Exactly, Blogging is our hobby and should not feel like a chore. I think quite a few of us are doing fewer challenges now. I do the writing ones if the subject matter appeals to me and I do a couple of photo challenges a week. I don’t get out much though so it’s difficult to get new photos except for those around the house and garden. I used to enjoy doing the “Which Way” challenge but I can only post so many photos of my driveway, garden path and the road outside. Luckily I do have a large archive as well.
        Winter seems much closer now, it’s been wet and windy the past couple of days. I potted up some bulbs yesterday so the rain did give them a good soak.

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        • I agree entirely especially the which way comments. I go out, but always visit the sane places. I am now glad to see the back of Winter. Everything is now so green and growing.


  2. The challenges are fun until they become too challenging and consume all your time. I do like the Ragtag Daily Prompt….and that is all I do. I still work so my time is limited to early morning before I head out and after dinner….at which point I am pretty tired already. I do enjoy reading your Good Morning post before I leave for work. I know you hear my saying, “Good morning to you, too, Pat.” 🙂

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  3. I do either Fandango or RDP — or neither if I’ve got other things going on. I follow photo prompts more often, but not all of them anymore. I don’t get out to shoot as often and I don’t always have the right pictures.

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    • I can get out to shoot photos, but I have less time now as i am the only one that can go anywhere since Mr. Swiss no longer drives. I was getting too much stress with it all. I do RDP and Fandango and cee‘s photo challenges, I don’t know what lies ahead with my life, but have discovered that I have to organise my spare time.


    • That lilac looks like one of the ‘French hybrids’ that we grew in the mid 1990s. It probably does better there than it did for us. It likes a bit of chill in winter, although it supposedly does not need as much chill as the others. (I never was convinced that the others needed much either, since I remember them growing and blooming quite well when I was a kid in the Santa Clara Valley.

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        • I don’t know why, but lilacs are popular here with those who moved here from the Midwest! They are not a Californian ‘thing’. I mean, as a native, I would not be all that interested in them. I just happen to have learned much about horticulture from Okies.

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