Good Morning

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At last a good looking sky in the morning to set you up for the day: a blue background and interesting clouds. It also looks quite promising with the temperatures, so what could be better. Yesterday was a shopping safari and so now I am stocked up with food until Monday lunchtime and can isolate or go places and see things. If the energy remains, I might just saddle my wheelchair again. I did a check this morning and it has enough power and does not need to be uploaded. I have not used it for the past couple of weeks: lockdown is lockdown.

Although it seems, according to various people that know it all better, it would not have been so necessary in little Switzerland. We reached the so called peak in the second week of March already and things did not deteriorate afterwards. Perhaps that was because we did have a lockdown – who knows. At the beginning I had my heart in my mouth when shopping. I am a golden oldie, have diabetes and MS and definitely belonged to the group with underlying health problems, which meant I should have been in isolation and found someone to do my shopping for me.

My first though was online shopping, but forget it. Everyone was online shopping and I would have at least a week if not two until the shopping actually arrived in front of my door. There were no free slots. And so I continued as always, braving the virus and entering the supermarket and above all, choosing my own goods to buy and not leaving it to a helpful person that would do it for me. I also realised eventually that there were advantages. No-one was shopping, the store was half empty and there was plenty to buy in good quality- Even toilet rolls appeared again after the first panic buy.

And today almost 8 weeks later, the kids are back to school, the stores are again all open in town and there is no talk about staying at home. Some are criticising our government for being over careful, but were they? Perhaps it had been a different outcome if we had not been so cautious. I think behind all these new facts, there is a little business brooding. After all the economy suffered and we are facing a recession, as are most of the countries in the world and now we are back trying to save our economy.  However nature has improved, the air quality is better and the roads were nice and empty during the whole thing.

Perhaps the Swiss did too much and we folk are very conscious of our environment. I am so thankful to be here. It might have had a different outcome had I been still living in Britain.

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The bees returned to the garden yesterday. They always arrive when the weather begins to improve.

I was not here so much yesterday, but we got an unexpected visit yesterday evening, which made a pleasant change to the normal boring golden oldie daily life. Sometimes it is good to break out of the normal routine.

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I found yet another example of weed (cannabis) growing in my garden yesterday. It had grown unobserved and reached quite a good height. Of course, I blame it on the bird seed that fell on the wayside, I just hope that the local authorities would believe me when they ask. I do not have it for private consumption, would not even know how to prepare it and have never noticed my birds getting high on it. I find it quite a pretty plant.

And now to move on, the week-end is here but there are still things to do. We cannot live from air and love, but have to invest a little work into it. Have a good week-end without any stress. I saw this clover flowering in our wild meadow yesterday. Even the simplest of plants have their beauty.

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14 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. Good Morning. I agree, you are lucky to be living there and not here. You are safe and things are getting back to the new normal- all we have here is debate and criticism which is causing me personally much anxiety. I want to trust in our Government to do the right thing and feel safe again- as safe as we can ever feel in society. For once in our lives there is no where safe to run away to so we have to make the best of what we have. Enjoy your sunny weekend and pretty garden. I may venture out myself this weekend and make contact with the outside ‘real’ world as opposed to this virtual one we are presently inhabiting. All the best 🙂 Caryl

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    • I follow the Brits every evening with their report from Downing Street, although they tend to repeat themselves and try to blind us with their various charts and graphs. I just think they are being too early with everything and should wait a while. I escaped today, more later in a blog, but it was a wonderful feeling to be amongst people again, even if we were all at a nice safe distance.

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  2. Yes, birds have a way of planting things in our gardens! I lucked out when they planted gooseberries along the garage, where they flourished and gave me gooseberry pies and jam for several years before I had to move to smaller quarters. So far, in my new “digs”, they seem content to plant hollyhocks (fine!) and locust trees (not fine because of how close they are to the foundation).

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  3. It’s hard to prove the negative…. that things are OK because you did “too much” as a country. I think in some places in the country where I live (if you can call quarantine for 2 months … living …) we are about to find out a broad spectrum of what you can do sociologically and what the consequences will be. And then we will know more I guess. Who is to say for sure. Have a great day, keep taking those wonderful photos. SLP …

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    • After all the fuss about doing too much, Switzerland had another high of 80 new cases today. You just do not know what can happen. As you say and at the moment we humans are overwhelmed with the whole thing. I will stick to my garden, at least I know what to expect 🙂

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