What a surprise. I wanted to make my usual sunrise photo this morning, hoping we had a sun and was confronted with this: snow was falling. In the meanwhile I pottered around at home feeding birds and making something for breakfast with an eye on the outside world. I thought it was only a small dusting of snow and my photos were not really very impressive, until I got this.
Yes, is was falling thicker and my garden was beginning to look like something from White Christmas – perhaps not quite, as Christmas was two months ago. I ventured out into the cold landscape and shot another photo, with snowdrops falling on my head.
At the end of February we had our second snowfall of the Winter. The last was a day in mid December. It is still fluffing down and I am now hoping that it will be finished some time this morning and nothing left on the roads when I go shopping this afternoon. What a surprise. After a couple of days of sunshine and spring temperatures, we are back to the good old cold Winter and the snow is now falling thick and fast. Funny how the birds adapt. Lately they have not been visiting so much, but now the whole gang is here, magpies, crows and sparrows, pecking fast and furious.
Yesterday there were just a few isolated visitors at the bird house like this tit. I was even thinking about packing the house away until the next Winter, but I now have too many visitors. To add it to it all we are also having very strong winds and I just had to close all the windows as it is quite cold out there.
We are still corona virus free in Switzerland, but it is creeping closer. North Italy now have many patients and I saw yesterday that Austria has a reported case. I think the countries that have never dealt with something like this are overwhelmed with what to do. The latest I read in an online newspaper was that many Swiss companies have forbidden handshakes, which is one of the principal ways to greet someone in the business world. Friends tend to give a hug and that is probably also becoming a thing of the past. I just wonder how long it will be until the Swiss island in the middle of Europe gets the first infected. We think we are so good at keeping this under control and the days of the bubonic plague are now gone, but even virus seem to have their own way of expanding and taking over, something like politicians.
I managed another one of my coincidental photos yesterday and just as I was snapping the crow it flew away.
Yesterday we had a printer drama once again. We had received the last documents needed for our income tax completion. It was quite a lot and so I busied myself with copying for our tax advisor and then the printer decided to strike. After half an hour of trying, I gave up. Mr. Swiss called our computer guy who was busy and eventually he took on the task of a completely new set up for the printer. I was proud of him, he did it, even without uttering a single profanity. Yesterday evening I finished the job and now I am ready to confront the Swiss tax authorities, via our advisor, with fully signed documents, and we still have time to spare. It is the first year that I have participated in dealing with the Swiss tax system and am quite proud of myself. I even now understand it, although I needed help and support from the experiences of Mr. Swiss, not without a few disagreements. I will be glad when I see the back of it all.
And now to depart for the rest of my housewife morning. Have a good day everyone, no stress, and may the weather be with you. Here it has stopped snowing and yes, the sun is beginning to shine. I will never understand the weather.
Although there are still remainders of the snow in our front garden.