Something to brighten up the dayFOTD 31st August 2020: Anthurium
I was born to be a hunter, but that was too much hard work. Now I sit outside the store and wait. I trained the human to do the hunting for me.FOWC with Fandango: Hunter
It might rain, it might storm
There is always a blue streak somewhere
It’s fantabulous, mega great
So let me get my share
Forget the gloom, shambobulous
A plunket full of flau
Where there’s a sun is brilliantiplup
So let us bathe in crau
You may not understand this ditty
The words are made by me
So galumpul plonky glumdrum
And let us climb a tree
August left us with a wet taste. The outside restaurants are empty, it is too cold to enjoy street life and a drink and no-one goes inside with Kovid hiding in the corners. Perhaps it is good to say goodbye to August and let us hope that September will be an improvement on life. The sign on the window says “life is good” in italian. Let us hope that it will be good.August Photo a Day Challenge: 31. Goodbye August
At last no rain and there is even some blue sky, although it is not quite sure if it will remain. As long as it is dry I do not mind. Yesterday I was expecting that guy to arrive that starts collecting animals, two by two, for his boat. I could hear hammering in the distance.
Today should be more or less a wet free day, although I saw a few small blue rain spots on the weather rain chart. Needless to say I stayed at home yesterday, which is very rare for me. I usually manage to get some fresh air from somewhere.
However I made myself busy in the kitchen. I had to make do with what I had, but with some flour, butter, sugar and raisins I managed to compose a few muffins. I added some lemon juice for flavour. I think today they a known as muffins, we just called them little cakes in the olden days. I prefer the smaller cakes because they take no time to compose and to bake. Mr. Swiss and No. 1 son are quite happy with them.
I had a look around in the garden this morning and saw that it will soon be apple picking time: not quite yet, but at the end of September I should have quite a harvest, so it looks like it will be Swiss apple tarts for the rest of the year.
My black eyed Susans are also doing quite well. I also found this one.
According to my plant app it is an arnica. I usually associate arnica as a medicine for applying on injuries to ease the pain, but I suppose like most medicines it originates in the world of nature.
Today I will be off to the store to get a few provisions. I was studying my online ordering shop this morning to see how they are with fresh meat. I noticed it is quite a good system and nicely packed for freezing. I was also checking through a few recipes on my online connectionBetty Bossi
which is the Swiss cooking bible and where i get most of my recipes. They are quite good, have a monthly magazine with new recipes, and always good for a new idea. I have the german version, but I believe there is an english language edition, although I have never found it. I have quite a few of the cookery books and their kitchen appliances are also quite good.
I am mentally preparing for Winter when I perhaps cannot get to the stores so often if we have Swiss Winter conditions with snow and ice, so want to stock up at home with food for the freezer and otherwise.
There is not a lot happening here currently, just waiting for the weather to clear up. I will now be organising the masks for the family for this week. If we want to go into town in a store, we must wear them from 3rd September. I have enough problems remembering the names of people I know and meet. If they all have face coverings, I will not recognise them either.
I am late enough this morning so I will move on. Keep safe, take it easy, and have a good week. See you around.
One of the most common flowers in summer, ideal for in a window box or container.FOTD 30th August 2020: Geranium
Today would have been a good day to go shopping in Bern, the capital of Switzerland, although being a Sunday the stores would be closed. It was raining all day, not really rain, it was almost a deluge, pouring down. However, had it been a normal week day Bern would have been teaming with shoppers, taking their time and there would have been almost no sign of an umbrella.
I remember the first time I visited Bern, it was a wonderful experience. You can saunter along and take your time. Everything is covered and it can rain as much as it wants to, but you remain dry. I had never seen a town like it before, it was the Bernese style in the main two streets to have the arcades.
It is also possible to visit the cellars of the shops from the street where there are also shops. Apparently when the two streets were built with the arcades, the stores all had a cellar for provisions. Street life in Bern exists under cover.FOWC with Fandango: Covered
The wind was blowing
The tree fought back
But it lost its balance
Was no longer on track
The roots lost their grip
They were now freed
Before the tree fell
It dropped a last seed
After a year a shoot poked through
A new tree was born
And making a debut
Climbing stairs when no lift is available can be quite tiresome in the older buildings. This is in the old arsenal of the town where they show the weaponry of the past.One Word Sunday: Spiral
Is this a good morning? I am not so sure. After being spoilt with sun and light breezes and sitting outside on the porch, I am now confined to a breakfast in the kitchen sheltering from the cold and rain. I think that Autumn is now slowly approaching, although according to the weather charts the clouds will be clearing late afternoon and it will again become sunny, lasting a little through the beginning of the week. Anyhow it is Sunday, so no stress. Even golden oldies have week-ends.We save the week for doctor appointments and shopping expeditions
Although I have had a busy morning up to now. I tend to my orchid garden once a week, usually on Saturday, or Sunday if I forget them on Saturday which I did this week-end. I also had my breakfast to prepare, so everything is a little behind. The morning chores are now dealt with and I can at last sit at the computer and enjoy the pleasure part of the morning, making sure that I took the meat out of the kitchen freezer so that it will thaw slowly for lunch. It is lamb sirloin so they are not mega sized. I found a recipe to serve them with peperoni, something that does not need long to cook.
Yesterday afternoon I wheeled myself into town with the scooter. I almost turned round as I was greeted with a light rain when I left. However, undaunted I carried on. It was just a light rain to remind me that there might be more, but it stopped after 10 minutes and I arrived in town at the store more or less dry. Actually my excursion was more an excuse to go somewhere as I only had to get some bread and stock up on my cooking wine The store was not very full of customers and so there was not stress involved. From 3rd September we will have to be masked when shopping, so there will be probably less people in the store. Most people now buy as much as possible online and our city is slowly resembling a ghost town during the day. It is only the golden oldies that have not yet discovered a computer that go shopping. I only really go out for food and must admit everything else is ordered online.
My photos yesterday were more restricted to the business side of town as the old town cafés were also quite empty. It was not the weather to encourage people to sit outside with a drink. Here you can see our main post office on the left and a business building on the right.
I eventually arrived home after an hour. I think I set up the record travelling speed of 10-11 kilometres per hour to get to town and back. Mr. Swiss was glad to see me in a dry state as there was still a threat a rain over our heads.
Apart from a laundry wash I spent the evening with the TV. They were showing the film “The Unforgettable Miracle on the Hudson” from Clint Eastwood with Tom Hanks, showing the plane crash on the river and how the pilot became the hero of the hour by rescuing all passenger by putting them on the wings of the plane where they could be rescued by various boats. Of course Eastwood made it Hollywood style with all the trimmings, but is was a miracle and I remember when it happened and seeing the news reports of the events. It was good acting, and I have never seen a Clint Eastwood film that did not live up to its reputation.
And now to continue with my morning programme which is not really a programme, but has become occupational therapy. Mr. Swiss has now appeared in the kitchen and making his coffee, and I am off to leave him to it.
Have a good Sunday, no stress and take it easy if you are not amongst the Sunday working population. See you around – and now a clouded view of our local mountains. You can blame it on the rain.