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