Good Morning

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I was feeling sorry for the farmers. Last week they were longing for rain. almost complete April there was no rain until the last week. It began to rain, hesitating at first, and now we have rain every day for a week and everything is wet, wet, wet. I no longer feel sorry for the farmers, they have their rain, I just feel sorry for my garden which would soon be better used as a paddy field for growing rice, although perhaps I am exaggerating a little. This weather is now getting a little depressing, but at least I am now home bound until Monday, thanks for my unexpected sudden Mayday holiday.

Actually today I will have to make an excursion to the glass and metal depot in the village. Even my No. 1 son old me yesterday that the two bags were bursting full. I always take him with me. I sit in the parked car at the entrance and he puts the contents of the bags into the containers. He is very quick and usually within five minutes we are finished.  Today is Saturday so it will be allowed. Only on high days and holidays, always Sunday, it is not allowed because of the noise it will make and the coming and going of the cars, although I am usually on my own. I always go after lunch and there are few others there.

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Yet another bud opened on my orchid yesterday, the flower at the bottom and I noticed, on the right another growing bud. This is the first time that my orchids have flowered again. It seems the best method is to forget them and they will remind you themselves that they still have their surprises.

Further in context to one of my morning blogs this week, I decided to have a go with audio books, but have now realised that it could be not something I would treasure. The audio books are too expensive to buy and I was thinking something on the lines of Amazon. There is a company that works with Amazon and I would have to take out a subscription of €10 a month, which is not too much. I get the first month free and when it is working, one book a month and infinite podcasts, which are not really my thing. After thinking it over I have decided not to do it. Mr. Swiss told me he was once thinking on the same lines, but also decided against it. We are both happy reading on our Kindles although it would be enticing to hear the book you choose.

At the moment I am spending my household money on food for my freezer(s) and otherwise and domestic goods. I can be glad that I still have the opportunity to choose and buy what I need and that the store has enough to sell. Our national government seems to have things under control and we are all being cautious. We also have a couple of “heroes” that are having to bear the burden of talking to the population and organising.  We have all heard of Mr. Trump (who does next to nothing it seems) and Boris Johnson (who keeps telling everyone how successful is), but do you know Alain Berset? Of course not, he was our President for the year 2018 (we have a new one elected from our 7 Ministers every year) and is the Minister for Home Affairs. He is the guy that speaks to us telling what has been decided as further action in the Covid matters. His mother tongue would be French but he speaks enough perfect German for us all to understand.

The actual department for handling the virus problem is the BAG, the Bundesamt für Gesundheit (Health Department) and the guy who is responsible is Daniel Koch. I had never heard of him until this virus arrived and now he has become a national figure for us Swiss. Mr. Swiss told me this morning, that he has now even been invited to partake in the annual Minister holiday, where they all go together on a day’s excursion to the part of Switzerland where the president comes from. He looks into the details of the illness with his team. Actually he was preparing for his retirement when the virus arrived, but under the circumstances he has remained to see it through. Another national Swiss hero has arrived.

Being a small country, everyone more or less knows everyone and people listen to what these competent ministers say. Of course no-one is perfect, but if you all pull together it can work and I am proud to say that this is the case at the moment. As said, nothing is perfect, and there are always those with other opinions, but I think I can trust these people to do the best possible. At least they are making a sensible effort.

Everyone talks about the countries and their statesmen in Europe, in the major countries of the world, but no-one talks about little Switzerland, unless they tell us how wonderful their holidays were here, so I thought I would put in a few words. I am no expert, but live here and got to know the system for the past 53 years.

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And now to get on with my daily chores. Have a good day everyone. May our obstacles in these difficult days be overcome.

19 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. Good Morning.
    It seems ironic that farmers in climates that are not chaparral or desert are more reliant on rain than we are. We get no rain for more than half of the year, but we have always been reliant on irrigation anyway. I don’t know it any other way.

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  2. Thank you Pat for this summary. It is true, we Swiss think that the best for all of us when the least is being debated in the world about our small country. I couldn’t have formulated it better than you. This is it, in a nutshell.
    As for the rain, I ‘m in no haste to damn it. We waited long enough and the nature needed it badly. I just hope the farmers won’t suffer from a flooded soil now. Aaah, the worries! And now we too embark on a trip to the official dumping ground of our town.

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    • Glad you agree with me. I am always a little unsure when I branch into politics,
      It’s true we needed the rain, but does it have to be accompanied with such cold winds.And now for dinner

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  3. Good morning Congregations on getting you orchid to bloom again. The best I can do is a new leaf. Trump only in getting reelected. Our farmers depend on snowfall in the mountains for water. I saw a picture where stacks of potatoes are sitting in the fields for transportation It reminds me that in the 1930s in the potato fields while the farmers burned the potatoes as a protest. against Roosevelt Farm policies. I was about 5 years old and I was with my Mother. Enjoy your weekend and Stay Safe!

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    • I sincerely hope that Trump does not get re-elected. The man deserves to be locked up and not let loose on people, although I suppose none of my business
      I had never had an orchid that made new flowers, quite exciting. We now have enough rain to keep our farmers happy

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  4. I sent this post on to my daughter because of the way you wrote about S.  It is a dream to visit there, but we won’t of course.   Nice to see it through your blog. 

    Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

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  5. Welcome to MY world. It’s total muck outside. I think there may be things growing, but it has been so cold every night, a lot of things started growing and then fizzled. Next week, rain is predicted every day except Wednesday. Today was nice, but the temperature has dropped and our one warm day is done. For the next week, we’ll be lucky to stay north of freezing every night. Give me just a few nice days and I could go find an empty park and take a few pictures. Woudn’t that be nice? I would like that. A river. A dam. A flower.

    Sigh. This is not only going to be a wretched year, but one that we will try as hard as we can to forget ever happened.

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    • We also have a monsoon season and yesterday even had two hailstorms. I was glad that my apple blossoms had already fallen and yapp,e harvest is saved. It isalso got colder and am even wearing a long sleeved light cardigan which I rarely do. Where has the Spring gone? I also go nowhere and subjects for photos are getting rare.

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