Good Morning

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After a very windy stormy night we even got a sunrise of sorts. We were warned that a hurricane similar storm was on its way, under the name of Sabina. Apparently Sabina had changed her name on its way as in Britain it was known as Ciara which I found a strange name for the Brits. It sounds almost European and the Brits are no longer European. Sabina is still making itself known with strong gusts of wind, some rain and clouds. Now and again we even have some sun, and although some flights from Zürich airport had been cancelled I now hear a plane winging its way overhead.

In spite of the high winds and weather problems, I dressed in my long full length padded black coat and braved the weather to feed the birds.

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I did not have the heart to starve my hungry crows, although this morning they have not yet appeared. The photo is from yesterday morning.

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Eventually the crow managed to fit a peanut in its beak and flew off to a private place to eat in peace and quiet, although our crows are not known for being quiet. They always have something to say.

I think the worst of the storm is now gradually travelling to other places. The only casualty I had was the wooden hexagonal lid to my bird feeder. I cast an eye in all directions but it was nowhere to be seen. It annoyed me as it would be irreplaceable.  However Mr. Swiss to the rescue. In the meanwhile he left his bed and had a look around in the garden. Probably due to the fact that he got two new eyes from the opthalmologist last year, his sight is now sharper than mine and he spied the lid laying at the side of the neighbours porch. With the help of a broom and my walking stick I retrieved the lid through the hedge, but it is now inside until the storm blows over.

I am hoping that the storm will gradually disappear as this afternoon I have to take my car for a trip to the store, although there should be no problems I hope.

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Undeterred the sparrows have arrived in the wind and rain for their breakfast.

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I have just noticed that they have gathered a little closer to the window as the wind has blown the bird seed everywhere.

Needless to saw I did not venture far yesterday as the preliminaries had already arrived from the storm. I am astonished that we have had no snow, but the expert Mr. Swiss said it is too warm with temperatures of 8° C.

And another week begins, although a stormy overture. May you have a good beginning to the week with smooth runnings.

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12 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. Good morning it looks lt looks like another sunny warm day. I will be taking it easy today. The pictures of the crow trying to grab a peanut are great. Crows are very smart and have been to hide feed.

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    • We have had a day of high winds, rain and even some sun. The storm continues until tomorrow, although this afternoon it wasn’t too bad and it seems everyone stayed at home as the roads were quite empty. We have a complete colony of crows here and they are quite clever, but I noticed the magpies are quicker.

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      • The two species are closely related and I have seen magpies do things that show intelligent. one time the young where ready to fledge. The adult bird tease our dog until all were fledge. They usually work in pairs one to distract and the other to get theobject.

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    • Many schools were closed and our monthly market was cancelled. I travelled to the store and was quite happy to find that the roads were almost empty. It seemed that everyone stayed at home, although during the afternoon it was no so strong. It is now evening and raging quite heavily outside.

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  2. How odd that the name of the storm changed. While it was in the news, the Santa Anna Winds started up in the Los Angeles region, but were then reclassified as common offshore winds that affected the entire state. I don’t know what Saint Ann must think of that, or why the winds were reclassified. After all, Santa Anna winds are just offshore winds that come out of the deserts, either warm or cool, depending on the weather in the desert, but always cleaner than what is in the city. I suspect that the reclassification was because of the weather conditions that caused the wind, and that it all originated beyond the Los Angeles region and adjacent deserts. That is how we got wind here too. It is a mess today, with big firs down.

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    • Being an enclosed country with no coast we do not get any winds from the ocean. They mainly arise further afield and eventually arrive in Switzerland. They can be dangerous when tree branches, or even complete trees, begin to fall and the rain that comes with them causes many floods. My son once had to help with the floods when he was doing his Swiss army service and he said it was something he would never forget. We usuall get these strong gales during late Winter. This storm originated off the British coast and is now making its way across Europe

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      • On Saturday or Sunday, I will post a picture of the huge pile of debris that the crew cleared today. Three buildings were damaged by falling limbs, and one was impaled by a fir limb. A fir tree with a trunk six feet wide fell between a few buildings. When the tallest trees in the world drop limbs or fall, they can do some serious damage. We sometimes joke about how big they are. If you look in this direction, you might be able to see what I mean. If you need firewood delivered, I could aim one that way when I cut it down. Some trees get kites stuck in them. Ours get satellites.

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