On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Week 17 – Start a Garden (indoor or outdoor)

Shaggy Mane Mushroom amongst the cucumber seedlings

The beginning of a garden always has surprises. I have had my garden for 20 years and learnt a lot, but it starts with a seed that germinates. Often other unwanted plants germinate as well, but some can be interesting.


And then you can get adventurous and decide to grow a avocado tree (in Switzerland?). Of course you keep it indoors and might even be successful.


I would not really recommend it. Your avocado might give up, or even get attacked by some unknown invader in the pot. Many are the avocado trees I have grown and disposed of. Now I eat the fruit and dispose of the pit.

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Week 17 – Start a Garden (indoor or outdoor)

RDP Wednesday: Dance

Break Dance 24.08 (61)

Is this dancing? I think it is called break dancing and last year I stumbled upon this group of youngsters demonstrating their qualities outside the apprentices school in the local town.

Break Dance 24.08 (15)

It was quite impressive and very acrobatic.

Street Dancers Zorbas the Greek 02.02 (6)

Now these two were attempting a Zorba the Greek dance in town.

I used to dance in my younger days, twist was my speciality, but today’s younger generations have probably never heard of it. Mr. Swiss and I never danced very much together. I had a small problem. I went to an all girls grammar school in England and when we had our dance lessons, being one of the tallest in the class, I always had to be the man. This meant I only learned to lead in a dance and not to follow: one of the reasons why it never worked when Mr. Swiss and I would dance together.

RDP Wednesday: Dance

Good Morning


There was a time when I was longing for some rain, the eternal sun in the morning was no longer so special, and nature needed the precious liquid. I was dousing the plants every day with the hose to keep them going. Now we have or rain for almost three days and nights- I suppose I should be now satisfied, but you can get a little too much of a good thing.


There are puddles on the stones in the garden and I have the feeling that the slugs will soon be appearing again. It is strange how they disappear and suddenly you can almost hear them munching  on the plants. I no longer have any snail pellets to kill them and will have to venture in the newly opened gardening department in the store to  buy some. There are many methods of extermination. One is a glass of beer where the slugs happily commit death by drowning in the beer. What a happy way go to, but I do not have any beer. I could also give then a sprinkling of salt, but even I have my principles and do not like seeing slugs melt under the layer of salt in a chemical reaction with their body, so I am left with the slug pellets as a method of extermination.

Otherwise it will be a normal safari to the store. I now have a mask to wear, we can buy them in the store in a packet of 20 pieces at a price of 19.50 Swiss francs and are assured that the store makes no profit on them and they are a self cost price. I see a few people wearing one now and again, but am still not sure if I will as well. We have now a really reduced amount of infected Covid cases in our area, only 2 new cases reported yesterday. We can even now go to the hairdresser, but they also have their rules and are now adding money to the bill to cover the costs of the masks and disinfecting material they need – about 2-5 Swiss Francs per visit. I am glad I do not have to go to the hairdresser and it seems they are earning money on their new rules and regulations. It looks like things are slowly returning to normal in our country, and it is again a question of profit and money. I spoke to my son on the phone a few days ago and he reckons with back to the daily work in the office in June, all going well. Home office will then be a thing of the past perhaps.


It seems that the Covid cases are really reducing in Switzerland now. Yesterday they reported that it was noticeable that there was more traffic in the area around Zürich. Yes people cannot wait to get back to the old routine. I really wonder if we have learned something from the problem.

And now to depart to the daily stress, although we golden oldies have no stress it seems, it is all self made. My last photo is my Japanese Maple in the garden which really seems to be expanding. It was always a smaller compact bush, but it developing into a real tree.