Good Morning

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The sun reports again for duty and is perhaps a little higher in the sky as usual, but I decided to indulge in longer bed hugging this morning, it was so comfortable and warm. However, I have now just finished my breakfast and am enjoying my cup of tea. At last I found English bagless breakfast tea. Our local supermarket only stocks Earl Grey in the leaf form so I had to order it online, but it was worth it. I have a thing about tea bags, prefer the original shape and form of tea leaves. Not only is the flavour better, but it seems that tea bags now and again have plastic particles.

It seems there is a face mask panic happening all over the world, with a few exceptions. Switzerland does not have the obligation to wear one and they are at the moment difficult to find at a normal digestible price. I see a few isolated people in the store with one. There seems to be a general belief by some that they are a protection again the dreaded hairy pea virus floating in the air. I have read often, from scientists, that they will not stop you from contracting the virus, but will stop others catching it if you happen to have it. It stops the spread of your own bacteria. Some Asian countries were wearing face masks long before we even thought about it, in the pre Covid 19 days, that their germs would not be spread to others if they had a common cold. That is the idea. Our government has made no obligation for mask wearing up to now and it depends on yourself whether you wear one or not. Admittedly our spread of the disease in Switzerland is now reduced considerably, although we are no way free of the disease, but up to now it is difficult to find a mask for the general public at a reasonable price. However, our larger stores will now be selling them, at self cost price, meaning they will not be making any profits. I will definitely be buying a few for the protection of the others, but I am no way in the belief that it will protect me. Of course you can make your own, but they are no so recommended, perhaps better than nothing. And it is also necessary to have enough masks. You cannot wear the same mask for a month. I am not an authority of course, just read a bit here and there, but the masks should be sterilised if possible or changed regularly. This mask wearing thing seems to be becoming a sort of medal of honour for some. As soon as I have my first available mask I promise a photo.

By the way we now seem to have a pigeon virus in Basel on the border of Switzerland. It is quite contagious amongst pigeons  – even they seem to have their problems. It has not yet reached our part of Switzerland but probably will eventually. We are told not to feed the pigeons or touch them. It is transferable to humans. Makes a change from pigs or other live animals, but is not so dangerous to humans. Just mild flu symptoms and perhaps a cough. Reminds me of something. I am no longer feeding the birds, as they can now find enough food in nature.

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Our meadows now have plenty of food for the birds.

Otherwise life goes on, thank goodness. I was on a shopping tour yesterday, but nothing has changed very much. The store was nice and empty, 60 people including the staff, and I could move around keeping my social distance from the others. The only small problem is sometimes when another customers stands in front of the food supplies that you need and takes time deciding what to buy. As we are all so polite, I wait at the end of the row until the customer has chosen what she needs. She notices me, apologises and moves on. We are really getting more considerate. There is no more rushing around as if famine would break out. We have perhaps learned to be more patient and understanding.

By the way the flies have arrived again. I killed the first one yesterday and this morning another one bit the dust in the kitchen.

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The lilac tree opposite is really doing itself proud at the moment.

And now I should move on: already 09.30 in the morning and I have things to do, although no rush. Keep away from the hairy peas. stay isolated, unless you have to go hunting for food of course and make sure the police do not mistake you for a bank robber whilst wearing your masks,

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17 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. Well Pat. Those pigeons! I hope that their bug does not mutate and start passing on to humans in addition to ths Covid 19 thing. My budgie is a bit worried about this bird flu thing that he has heard about. He and I were talking about it the other day.

    Hmmm. Masks and bank robbers. Never thought of that. There don’t seem to have been many mask wearers around here, but it felt kind of shocking when an Amazon delivery man did appear on our drive wearing a mask the other day. We are just not used to it are we! But it may well become the norm at some point, the way things are going.

    Ah, the lilac. My favourite. There were two beautiful lilac bushes at my grandparents’ farm, and I remember them well and with great affection from whe I was a child. They were just against the wall of the ourside lav, of all places. But they were beautiful. I loved them. We have a lilac bush in our back garden that is just coming into flower. I love it. We got our dog Hope when the lilac was in flower, and we have photos of her under the bush. Maybe I might post some later.

    Have a good day Pat, and avoid the pigeons!

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    • That is a bug that can be passed onto humans, but has never caused any serioius damage, just a light cold.
      We also see company chauffeurs with masks, but that is for all our protection. They meet many people in their job and do not want to infect anyone. I do not have a mask – yet, but will get one as soon as the prices and quality are good enough. Just wrapping a scarf around your face is not enough.
      The lilac bush has been hear for at least 15 years. I remember when it was planted.

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  2. Good morning, Pat. Several grocery stores now mandate that we cannot enter without masks. It is amazing the variety…my husband and I look like Roy Rogers and Dale Evans with our bandana masks. There are all kinds out there. Soon as I get back into my car, that comes off! It is hard to talk through the mask and my husband has a hard time breathing with it on. Our stay-at-home here in Florida is due to expire April 30, so we will see what the governor decides to do after that.
    I tried to reply to your comment on my site yesterday but it did not take! I heard from several bloggers that are also having problems. Nothing has been fixed yet. It is a puzzle, for sure. Enjoy your day. What great views you have.

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    • I only see a mask now and again, no-one really has enough and as said, it is not absolutely necessary. Again today our government minister said you do not have to have a mask. It does not protect you, but the others if you get too near and have the disease, but no-one really knows if you have the disease if you have not been tested. There are also many masks that are not very good, Just making one or buying a cheap one with just some material is not enough. When our stores eventually have enough, they will be sold without making an profit and also be reliable.

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  3. Good morning, it is cloudy out this morning with cooler temperatures. My new camera takes very good pictures, now
    I need to find out where the pictures are on my laptop. WordPress has changed so much I am having problems writing a blog. The last our trees have finally begun to leaf out the small flower bed has bloomed. I feel it a form of salvia the bed had plenty of it last fall.
    Thank you for the uplifting post most morning and it brings on a smile. I like learning your country’s handling the virus as our news is depressing.

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    • Even the Swiss goverrnment have their problems, but it is difficult to please all the people all the time I suppose. Glad you camera is working well. I have now had success with my insect hotel and the bees are moving in

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  4. The County in which I live just recently started enforcing a requirement to wear masks in public. There is no need to wear one while hiking on trails away from others, as long as people avoid each other, or put a mask on when passing others on the trails. Nor is there need to wear one while driving to the store. However, they will be required while in stores and public places. I will be wearing one when I go to town today. When this whole thing started, and we were all sort of stranded here with no work and not place to go. We had a strange abundance of what others were lacking. Firstly, from the cafeteria kitchens, we all divided up the produce that would not be consumed without any guests here; so there was less need to go to supermarkets. In the maintenance shops, we have a pallet of boxes of thousands of masks, for those who work in dusty situations, or use paint or machinery that generates dust. There are also pallets of toilet paper for the presently unoccupied lodging. It is like a creepy science fiction movie, in which everyone is gone, and we can just take what we want.

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    • Sounds a super system that you have. We are such a small country, that we would never have enough for all. I think Switzerland was a little slow in getting the necessary protection, but the main thing is wash your hands and hygene. the masks are coming I head, only I have not seen them yet. Austria made them law to wear a couple of weeks ago. I think it is really praiseworthy that the produce from your cafeteria kitchens was split amongst the people and sharing the resources that no one now needs.

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      • It is not a system for everyone. We just happen to work at a conference center, where large volumes of produce were delivered just before incoming groups cancelled their events. Dispersing it among those who work here not only helped us out, but it eliminated what would have otherwise become trash that would have needed to be removed later.

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