Good Morning

It did not rain, but it did not do very much else. A cloud covered sky, towards the east, but when I went to my west garden, the clouds were making room for a blue sky. Not a big deal, but enough to show that the day might be a good one. The hot heatwave days are now gone according to the Swiss weather forecast, but that is not a problem. At last we can breathe again.

When I went for a wheelie yesterday afternoon, I noticed at the entrance to town that there were more people than usual, just walking around or in the street cafés, otherwise not so crowded.

Our towns are changing. Where are the stores dealing with various commodties? We now have one department store left and two supermarkets for groceries and a few other items. There is still a book store for the people that like to touch and smell what they are reading, but the specialist stores for electric appliances have disappeared one by one. Our camera specialist left a year ago and where there used to be at least five clothing stores, there is now only one. The hardware store has closed and we have at least three empty buildings that are being renovated. It seems today you can only have a drink or get your hair cut in town. Everything else is a victim of online shopping.

The corona virus has certainly also helped to change our way of life. All this talk of isolation and getting yourself locked down is naturally positive for the health, but we have become a nation of online shoppers. Our poor postmen are dragging the heavy parcels daily to the public. I am one of them of course. My monthly online oder from the supermarket with 6 crates of drink (6 mega plastic bottles in each pack) is a sign of the times.

I decided to go for a wheelie in the so-called suburban part of our town yesterday, although it is only on the other side of the river, not being a large town, and just means crossing a bridge. It used to have a life of its own, but that is also slowly disappearing and there is only one supermarket left and a very large underground car park. Our doctor is also there with a few others. Otherwise here too many stores have closed.

However there is a large square which is used for special events now and again, like our diary days, when it is filled with various cows, or with a small arena for various spots events. In Winter they also have an ice skating area. I read that now during the summer months it has been converted to a large open air restaurant so yeaterday I had a look. It looked a bit cheap with all the colour signs.

They even had one of those inflatable castles for the kids, which made it look even cheaper. I decided this was really nothing special.

When I left I cast a last glance at the remains of the buildings and decided to leave it to its sleep. It used to be a hive of movement, and now there was just one car on the road. Admittedly the bus also passes now and again, but it is not what it used to be.

I made my way back along the river. Even these two pigeons were to tired to bother. I think one was sleeping.

However walking home along the river did have its charm.

I called in at the local supermarket for a few items on the way home. I had the glorious idea of baking a cake today. I got all the ingredients and whilst preparing this morning I saw that my long baking tin has disappeared. I was glad to find my flour sieve. It must be at least three years since I baked a cake and in the meanwhile I had done some re-organising. I have now got everything prepared to start with the task, without the baking tins. However I have two of those tins for making 12 smaller cakes so will used those.

I am not sure, but I might not be so much on the computer today. I sometimes seem to have a full time job with my blogging and I do have a few other things I like to do – like baking? I also want to take a ride this afternoon out in the fresh air, with the camera of course.

Have a good Sunday everyone and make the most of it. It seems that my colleagues in the States are having big problems with the smoke from the fires in California and I hope it soon clears.

St.Urs Cathedral, Solothurn and the river Aare

12 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. Do you have charity shops there? We found that a lot here. As the commercial shops closed, the premises were left empty and presumably, charities negotiated cheap rates from the local council. COVID has caused many of these shops, even, to close.

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  2. Good morning !!! Wonderful photos as usual … I agree that the vacant shops will find a new life .. maybe people who are organized into knitting clubs, or people who make home made jewelry .. my personal favorite is the home made paper bound into notebooks or journals … whenever I see some of these … I buy one because they give me so much imagination and inspiration … so things will come along … in the meantime … have a great day … I still think you should print some of your orchid photos .. .BIG … and sell them not as photos but as wall art … anyway take care and have a great day … SLP …

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    • I think our vacant shops are becoming restaurants. I used to knit a lot when the kids were smaller. I also made my own clothes for about 15 years, but the computer took over and no-one was interested in knitted pullovers. Now I just like to get out with my camera.

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  3. We have two storms in the Gulf that we are watching: Laura and Marco. It is raining right now and forecast for the rest of the week. Thankfully, I did a lot of yard work yesterday, so can sit back and watch the rain. I’m in a baking mood, too. Gonna try the Gingerbread recipe that Marilyn posted earlier on her blog.

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    • Your weather does not sound too good. Hope it does no damage. I just got rid of my golden rod in the garden and cleared out my sweet pea as they were also climbing everywhere. I made raspberry muffins and they turned out OK. My first baking since about five years. I should really do more.

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  4. Good Morning!
    We got a little bit more good news this morning. Although the fires have been devastating in the mountains to the west, the fires slowed on the edges of the main towns before yesterday morning, and they do not seem to have advanced much at all since then. They are in about the same position that they were in yesterday. I know it does not sound like good news after so many homes west of the towns were burned, but the main parts of towns seem to be intact. Boulder Creek got the worst of it, with a significant portion of downtown burned. However, downtown Felton seems to be fine. The fires did not get as far as the Los Gatos Hills.
    Weirdly, during my time in the western Santa Clara Valley, I notice how much more destructive ‘progress’ can be than a fire. Felton still looks like it did when I was a kid, and may continue to look like it does after the fire. However, this region, which never burned, is barely recognizable. I suppose it is better in some ways for those who live here now, but it is not as idyllic as it formerly was.

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