Yet another different pattern on an orchid: always something different.
Yet another different pattern on an orchid: always something different.
Our pride and joy on the local river: the official police boat. Note the word ship is not used so much in Switzerland. We have a lot of water, mainly rivers and lakes, but no ocean so who needs a ship. We have our little boats going to and fro on the rivers and lakes, mainly for tourists.
Luckily we do not have so much crime on the river as I think our local police boat would be a little overwhelmed if it had to do more than fishing someone out of the river that fell in accidentally or perhaps collecting plastic flotsam and jetsam.
This duck even had the audacity to build its nest on the mooring place reserved for the police boat: absolutely no respect.
I actually did buy a cake today in the store. I thought something sweet after a meal is always good. It looks more like the Swiss Alps, but it is a tiramisu, something Italian and coffee flavoured, also quite creamy. It is still in the plastic packing, hence the reflection on the surface.
On the right are some more cakes being sold. Actually today was a good day for shopping and it seems that mid afternoon is a good time to go. Otherwise the store now opens at 7.00 a.m. and the customers are already waiting outside to get in before the customer quota is filled with the allowed amount of people. I cannot understand that stress, after all no-one really has to go anywhere today, they are all isolating theirselves at home. I did not really have to buy a lot, just the bits and pieces left from yesterday’s shopping marathon. It was very pleasant in the store and as you can see there was quite a choice of cakes to buy (on the right). I even managed to get my green asparagus as a side dish to the evening meal. Yesterday the trays were empty but today there was a wide choice of asparagus, see left on the photo in the background.
Otherwise it was really a comfortable shopping trip and I was back home in an hour. Now it is finished until next week on Tuesday afternoon. I read today in the news that the two large supermarket chains in Switzerland have warned their customers to buy in advance as they are expecting a stampede on Saturday, although I found the warning a little late as today is already Thursday and tomorrow everything is closed for Good Friday. However, I have everything and do not intend to stampede for anything.
I now have my two chocolate rabbits (milk and white chocolate) so everyone will be happy at home.
I suppose I should wish everyone a good Easter, but up to now have found nothing good about it, but I can now relax.
What could be calmer than the gentle flow of a river.
We have a little structure in the sky this morning. The sun is still hanging around, but only just making itself obvious. We have had some wonderful warm weather this week and I have even brought out my short trousers, just for at home in the garden of course.
I am gradually altering my winter dress to that of the warmer spring days and at last can go barefoot in my shoes without the stupid silly socks, which I never did like.
I was watering the garden this morning, as we have had no rain since at least a month and saw that my apple tree has its first opened bud. I do not know if it will be a good apple harvest this year, but at least we will have a few apples.
All the flowers are opening at the moment and my Darwin tulip is really showing itself from its best side. It has been many years in the garden and every year appears bigger and better than the last.
Yesterday afternoon was a marathon shopping tour of the store as I was endeavouring to get as much as possible for the Easter threat. There was no great rush of customers and plenty of space to move around in. I noticed that the customers who still have a little worry that their Easter table will not have enough wonderful events on it, had raided some of the items in the morning. I wanted to get some fresh asparagus, just as an accompaniment to the evening cold cuts, but no way. The trays were completely empty and every fresh asparagus bunch had been sold. I now just have a few items to get today (and asparagus perhaps if it appears again) and then I am finished until next week on Tuesday afternoon. How I dislike the long Easter week-end, especially in the times of lockdown.
There is some talk now in Switzerland about relaxing the lockdown as we are getting less and less cases of illness daily, although nowhere near perfect, but the trend is positive. The government say it is a little too early to jump the gun and I agree. I think it will be a long while until I feel safe again amongst people without the 2 meter distance. Our country seems to be one of those with less problems than others. We even still have hospital beds available, hoping that they stay available. Many of the popular holiday places are having a close down by the police and parking places have been closed: tourists are not welcome at the moment.
I will be pleased when the eternal hand washing ceremonies slow down a little. I have heard from many that the skin on the hands is getting sensitive and somewhat brittle. Mr. Swiss asked if I have a hand cream which I do not have and have never used. I am not sure if that would be a good idea after washing hands to rid them of any lurking virus remains and hand cream could be a new food source for a corona attack. Anyhow I am sticking to my hand washing routine. I discovered it is important to dry the skin completely afterwards.
And now to continue with the usual daily chores. I am glad to be able to keep myself busy and have no stress. So further in text and shall I or shall I not buy a chocolate easter bunny or egg. I am just not in the mood for such events at the moment. Just had a quick reflection of the days gone past when the old folks were still around and I would invite my mother-in-law on Good Friday to lunch. Afterwards in the afternoon there would be the ceremonial walk, weather permitting, with my family and my mother-in-law. It was just a little bit of tradition although to be quite honest I would have rather spent the afternoon at home. Have a good day, may the wandering virus stay away from you all, and in spite of the sore hands, keep washing them.
A wild buttercup found its way into my garden which also has it simple beauty. Unfortunately the gardener removed it and it is no longer, but I am sure it will return.
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