Good Morning

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When the sun gets this high it means I was a little later with my photo. Despite everything being different in life at the moment, the sun still does its job and it seems that during the weekend, Saturday-Sunday, an hour of our precious time will disappear. Yes, we will all be altering in our clocks in Europe with a couple of exceptions, although the Brits will still be an hour behind us all as they are during the year. Perhaps this might confuse our new invaders, the peas with hairs, and they forget to attack, although that is wishful thinking.

In the meanwhile life goes on and I must again venture into the unknown, for shopping today.  I have now got a few extras in my new freezer cabinet, and non perishables on a table in the laundry room. I decided I should organise it better and began to make a list this morning (on my phone) of what I actually have. Most of it I knew by memory, but today I should go down to the depths of the cellar to complete the rest. I do not want to leave the deep freeze lid open too long, so will take a few camera shots with my mobile phone to capture what I have forgot. Yes life is taking new turns and I seem to be getting organised, which was never a strong point with me. However, as you grow older, you have more time for such operations I suppose. I would add I just love playing around with lists on my smartphone.

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I have a new addition in my front garden, an insect hotel: a free gift from the store after collecting enough stickies on my card.  I now have two of them, one in the front garden and the other in the back garden. I have not noticed any insects moving in up to now, but they have plenty of accommodation space. I had a bit of a problem fixing it on the tree as it is quite heavy, being made of solid wood, but it was quite a windy night and it survived, so I think this is the best I can do at the moment.

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I am still getting visitors in the garden. The bag of bird seed is coming to an end, and I am now seriously thinking that it is time to stop the feeding sessions. They all look so fat and happy, and they now seem to waddle instead of walk.

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And now it is time to go and see what the day is holding for me. I read today in the news that there are increased cases of people speeding on the roads. I suppose it is tempting when you realise you are one of the few still driving on the desolated roads. Now would be my chance to drive more and further. Apparently my car battery would be glad. I am thinking about it but at the moment am glad to stay at home nicely isolated. I even cleaned up my windows yesterday although they were not really dirty. Today I just have a little bit of ironing to do.

I am thinking of you all in this big wide world and hope you come through the day unscathed. I must now go and wash my hands, not what you are thinking. My fingers are sticky from eating bread and jam, although I will do the customary 20 second wash – you never know

24 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. I love your insect hotel- I must have one! I had a tub of fat balls and suet cakes delivered yesterday. At least the birds can be fed! Ive had no luck ordering food for me online…you wait hours to log in , order your food, only to be told there are no delivery slots! very frustrating. Guess I will have to brave the supermarket again. Your sunrise photo in a clear blue sky is a wonderful image of hope for another new day, and another…..Take care enjoy the sun shine 🙂

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  2. Over here, the price for gas is so cheap…. My husband is wishing we could go somewhere for the mere joy of filling his car with gas at such a low price. But no, we are staying home….

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  3. In France I had two of them. But there us something one must know. You must fix them in a certain way, in a certain direction. As I bought mine in F, I don’t know how well you are kept informed here, but knowing M, they probably told you that.
    I admit I look at them with envy. Never will I get together the 40 token stickers in time…..

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  4. Good morning, we started today with clear skies than overcast now partly cloudy. We have had lovely cumulus clouds in the afternoon. I woke up with no pain this morning, unfortunately, it didn’t last long. Stay safe.

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  5. I slept in too! I just got back from my short morning chores, and it is already eight! There is no crew to make coffee for this morning. Only two or three might come in through the day, and they can make their own coffee if they want it. (There is some weird machine over there that makes single cups.) Our time changed a while ago.
    Your gardeners there are excellent! Part of my career has been looking for problems in landscapes. Not only is the hedge in the background as EXEMPLARY as it it, but the Japanese maple that the insect hotel hangs from is an impressive specimen. Almost all that I work with have been damaged by one means or another, by the gardeners who charge a lot of money to take care of them. Although I used to grow them, I dislike most of them, both because I so rarely see one that is properly maintained, and also because they are not so happy in the chaparral climate of the Santa Clara Valley. I mean, they are a fad that really should not be a fad here. They happen to do well on this side of the Santa Cruz Mountains though. Even the insect hotel is of impressive quality, rather than the cheaply made sort I see around here.

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    • Life seems to be getting a different timetable now. I am still waiting for some insects to move in, but I think they do it anyhow without noticing. The hotel was a freebie from the store. You had to collect stamps per purchase and it is very well made with solid wood and very stable. I have a gardener that tends to my garden three times a year and trims the hedges, as I can no longer do it myself. He has a good team and I am very satisfied. My Japanese maple lost a few branches a couple of years ago but it has recovered very well.

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      • Yes, one does not notice the insects much. They sort of come and go discretely, and it is not easy to see them living in there. After all, like other business travelers, they only sleep in their hotel, but are out at work most of the time. Such hotels are something of a fad, and as I keep saying, I dislike fads. However, my niece enjoyed providing a home for insects in her (father’s) garden.

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  6. The first thing I do in the morning is washing my hands and it’s the last thing I do at night. In between, I wash them in the sink, in my sink, in the big bathroom and I think my skin is going to fall off. No amount of moisturizer is going to make my skin feel like skin again.

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    • And the same here. My hands no longer have such soft skin and are a little red in places. When I enter the store they have bottles of alcohol and when I leave for your hands and we move avoiding too close contact. It’s like a dream world.

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