I suppose even the misty morning photos have their charm. I would certainly prefer a little sunshine. Strange to think that the tree in the middle of the photo is a Japanese Cherry and in Spring is full of wonderful pink flowers. Now it is sleeping in its Winter coat. It all looks a little spooky at the moment. I suppose I should be glad when it does not snow.
However, there is always a bright side somewhere and look what I discovered this morning in the garden: fresh green shoots. I could hardly believe it, but realised that they are the first signs of my snowdrops. I planted them many years ago and they make their regular appearance every year. It is the first time that I have noticed their arrival. Perhaps a little early, but we have had no frost up to now. They are a hardy plant and I am sure they will survive to show their flowers eventually.
Yesterday evening I was sitting at the table with my computer and heard a flattering noise with a slight buzz.
Suddenly this guy landed next to my computer on the table. It is a brown marmorated stinkbug, I did not even know they flew, but they have quite impressive wings I noticed. I saw this guy in the apartment at the beginning of the week creeping along the top of a wall. I am not exactly pleased to see insects indoors and usually remove them to the garden. I felt a little sorry for this one as he is really in the wrong place at the wrong time. His summer days were gone and he is one of the last survivors. I did not have the heart to kill him and I actually forgot he was there. Yesterday he made a new appearance. Of course, my first reaction was to grab the camera although I only had my mobile phone ready. I showed him to Mr. Swiss who is more used to these creatures, growing up here. His reaction was to somehow put him into a deep freeze for his last moments. Do not kill him, he said, as they stink. I had no intention of killing him or transporting him to my freezer and decided to let him live his last days in freedom with the idea that if I leave him alone, he will leave me alone. I see a long legged spider now and again, but nothing dangerous and they tend to settle in the small chamber with the fuse box and my household appliances. They seem to live on air and dust and are no problem, just having their winter hibernation.
Yesterday I did a short trip to the local store, but really just for a few odd things and nothing special. I also got my last delivery from the store. I do not think I have a great chance of a delivery next week on the last few days before Christmas, and do not really need anything urgent or bulky. Many restaurants are now closing in our local town of Solothurn and all restaurants must close in the evening, although some now make home deliveries. It is a worrying time and Mr. Swiss and I both having our own health problems avoid contact as much as possible with others. We have a small social field, but you cannot live in complete isolation and I will be going to the store now and again next week, but only locally. It was never a crowded store and they have all I need.
Yes life has become completely different, not only here in my little corner of the world, but everywhere. Today I will be at home and live my household life with the birds in my garden. Keep safe everyone, all we can do is try to make the most of the situation.