A shy peony bud
A shy peony bud
Shoulders are for carrying shoulder bags and shoulder bags are for carrying all the delights of a lady, including the mega large DSLR camera if she happens to have one. You can even fit your mobile telephone in the bag as well as paper handkerchiefs, the purse with money and don’t forget perhaps an extra lens for the camera.
So this morning I was in the supermarket, doing my usual shopping. And then I suddenly saw two legs and feet on the floor as I turned the corner to one of those king-sized refrigerators.
As I moved on further, I saw this prostrate figure on the floor. Humble is one thing, but you can overdo it. Perhaps he was feeling so humbled by seeing the special reduced prices on the goods (Aktion=special offer), who knows.
OK, to put the facts straight, something was being repaired, but I must admit it was a strange apparition.
Every Summer I buy a basil plant at the local store. Our climate in Switzerland is too cold in Winter for them. This year they had them in larger pots and it was looking quite healthy. I noticed that something white was growing out of the stalk, but was sure it was a new root reaching for the earth.
How wrong can you be? This white feeler soon developed into a maze of furls and curls and began to take over my basil. I was still mistified, I had never seen anything like it. I even noticed it had developed small flowers of its own, at least I though they were flowers.
Thanks to communication with another writer, I discovered that this arrival was a dodder and their main intention was to sit on a host plant and absorb everything that it had to offer. The ultimate result was that it would take over and kill the victim, in my case the basil. Would the dodder then die itself? – no chance. It wanders further and searches for a new unsuspecting plant.
I had never heard of dodder, although there are species in Europe it seems. Most of our plants originate in Dutch nurseries, although I do not know where the store gets their basil. Eventually I decided to throw the complete plant, basil and dodder, into the garbage. Perhaps it found a new host somewhere on a garbage dump.
What a surprise this is. I was debating this morning whether to take a few photos of our cloudy misty sky, where it is too early to see anything interesting. As I was putting out some seeds and bread for the starving birds which are now looking a little overweight, a flash of yellow caught my eye. I was even more pleased and surprised because I have two pots of canna. One was flowering throughout the summer and the other seemed to have given up. Now this flower appeared in the pot that had no flowers during the Summer, how amazing. Actually the original colour was orange, but they seem to do what they want to as far as colours are concerned. Now in the middle of October, when it is supposed to be Autumn, I have a flower on this canna. It is really amazing.
Otherwise I at last ventured into town again. This was Saturday afternoon and there were the usual leisurely visitors having a look around. It is no longer a centre for shopping and bargain discoveries, as our shops are slowly dying. Families that had their long established shops are now in the next generation, and the next generation have no interest in continuing the business. No-one really goes shopping today, they buy it all online on the computer. I know I am also guilty.
It was wonderful weather, and our restaurant mile on the bank of the River Aare was packed full of visitors having a drink in the sun.I took a wheelie along the street and had to weave amongst the people.
One sure sign of Autumn was this patch of mushrooms I saw growing along the river bank as I wheeled my way home. They looked so fresh and new.
The pigeons were also out in the sun enjoying their last chance of having it all to themselves, before the gulls arrive and the battle for food begins. I just love my pigeons The are such wonderful colourful birds and really seem to enjoy posing for a photo. There was a small flock of them around. What really annoys me as the kids that have fun in chasing them away. The birds all fly off and I am left with a camera with no subjects to shoot.
There were also a few swans on the river, but alone or in pairs. The nesting and growing season is now over and they are all preparing for the Winter. They seem to have gathered enough fat on their bodies throughout the Summer for survival.
This pair of ducks were also on their way. I just love this time of the year, the weather being perfect at the moment, no rain and plenty of sunshine.
And now I must be moving on. As an exception I have a morning shopping safari and should get going. I have to take Mr. Swiss to the dentist this afternoon and will not have time to include shopping as well.
So have a good day, even if it is Monday, it can still have its good side. I will be back later. In the meanwhile I leave you with some Japanese anemones I saw growing on our estate. Even Autumn has its colourful side.
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