Good Morning

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A nice bright morning today. I am always the first to stop hugging the bed whilst my other half is still sleeping, but no problem. I open the window if closed and raise the blinds a little and he notices nothing of the surrounding world. It looks like it will be a good day today. I have a week-end shopping to do, but no problem: everything  organised. Now and again Mr. Swiss sneaks a few surprised on our joint shopping list on our iphones, but nothing drastic. I usually endeavour to keep a step ahead of his wishes. I know what they are before he does.

The biggest problem is deciding what to cook. Since the new norm of the hairy peas floating in the air, life has a different focus and I do tend now to think more ahead. I like to buy on Friday including Monday lunch so that I only have to go shopping again on Monday afternoon, but no problem. There is always something in the freezer for Monday lunchtime.

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This morning I discovered that my allium flowers are preparing to appear. When they are finished they are a ball of violet flowers. I think they are onion/leek related, but make a good show in the garden.

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I also spotted this frothy mass on my coreopsis. I have often seen these on various plants, and this time decided to do some investigating in internet. I knew they were some sort of insect larva protection, and it seems it belongs to spittle bugs, although it is not spittle, but another sort of juice produced by the insect. Afterwards you get a flying insect when it is developed but no invasion of the third kind. Just another method of reproduction. I have seen this all my life and as a golden oldie I have now discovered what it actually is.

Otherwise nothing special going on at the moment, although there was interesting news from our local town.

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I often take a photo of our restaurant mile along the river when I go to town. There is one restaurant after the other and on sunny days people sit outside at the tables and enjoy a get together with friends and a drink. The air is filled with voices and you know everything is just perfect. However during our lock down the restaurants were all closed and the tables and chairs removed.

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For the past Kovid months the area has been empty: no people, no chairs or tables and closed restaurants. As I have not been there myself since it all began, I borrowed the photo from our local newspaper. The text says “The bars on the Landhausquai postpone their re-opening until 18th May. They have more time to prepare for a new opening.

It certainly resembles a ghost town, but I am glad that they have all decided to wait a week longer. It all needs time and there is no point in rushing into something where no-one really knows the outcome. Hope the Solothurn Zeitung forgive me for borrowing their photo.

And now to overcome the remains of the day. They had a special offer of aubergine at the local supermarket this week, which is one of my favourite vegetables. Mr. Swiss is not so keen and No. 1 son eats almost everything as long as it is not green, looks like a mushroom or contains cheese. Mr. Swiss will not starve even if he refuses to eat the aubergine, although he probably will not.

I will now move on into an isolated comfortable apartment with a garden outside the window showing this view. Have a good one, keep safe from the hairy peas.

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10 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. Good afternoon, another spring day temperatures in the high 70s F. Yesterday on my shopping trip I brought two begonias. I am not sure which class they belong to, they may a hybrid. I like them very much but while I keep for a time, but they died when they enter dormancy. A freezer is nice since can almost anything to cook. Enjoy your garden and stay safe.

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  2. There is a abundance of spittle bug spittle at work right now, right when we are able to resume work for the first time in a month, and must pull all the weeds that the spittle bugs have been so active in! Yes, weeding is the priority, before the weeds go to seed. Yuck!
    Is your allium in the picture one of the ornamental varieties? They are all related to onions and leeks; or onions and leeks are types of allium. I have never grown any of the ornamental varieties, but I sometimes let the last onion go to seed. Chives have small but pretty blooms. I just pluck them before they toss seed and almost become a weed.

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    • I never even knew the name,of that insect that produces that frothy stuff.
      I have an ornamental allium, at least it doesn’t smell of onion. It’s chives are flowering constantly and I have a stress to keep removing the flowers as I don’t want them to go to seed but want to use them in my salad sauce

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  3. Owen shops once a week and we don’t go there. There’s still a lot of illness and people are not very smart about keeping their distance. So we make out a list, and Owen gets what he can. We’re going into a major meat shortage. It’s going to be a lot of eggs and cheese. All of the really big meat-packing plants are closed. Too many sick people and who wants to eat meat that has been HANDLED by sick people? Trump tried to order them to go back to work even if they are sick. The next day, seven more plants shut down.

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    • Doesn’t sound good about your meat supplies. They are things we don’t get in our news. In Switzerland’ things are improving, but we still must be careful. It is a small country and we were lucky to have the capacity to deal with the sick people. Next week the lock down is being relaxed and although the stores and restaurants will be open, it is still advisable to keep your distance. I have been doing the shopping and supplies are OK. We can order groceries online if necessary, although you have to wait a little longer for deliveries. Marcel never goes anywhere, my oldest son is still working and picks up a few things now and again in town when necessary. Even our hairdressers are open again since last week, but you must wear a mask, otherwise it is a free choice. Keep safe, we are thinking of you all.

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