Good Morning

At last the clouds are clearing in the morning and we have a sunrise. This was when 10° C was the temperature which is quite warm for this time of the year. It if continues my crocus will begin to grow. According to the forecast it will stay this way over Christmas but afterwards it will get colder with some snow. However, I will wait and see as you never know what will really happen.

This morning my cleaning lady is busy for the last time this year and I will see her again in the new year.

I noticed a new bird in the tree opposite the garden yesterday and am still trying to work out what it is. It looks like a pigeon, but we do not have piegeons here, they stay in the town.

Yesterday I visited the local store and got my vegetables for the Christmas holiday. Now I have almost everything I need, so the main stress is over. I noticed yesterday the store had more people shopping. I suppose that were doing the same as I was, getting the last provisions in for the holiday. Many people also now have their Christmas holiday so have more time. I will be off again this afternoon, but I now have almost everything. Tomorrow will be my last day of shopping before Christmas and then I can really sit down and take it easy.

I suppose we are lucky here as there is no lockdown for the Christmas and people can still invite family for the holidays, although the amount of people is limited. In Britain it is a different story and there will be no family parties or celebrations. It has now become too dangerous with this new development of the corona virus which spreads faster and everyone is living in a lockdown. Who would have ever thought that something like this could happen. I also had to learn to live differently. Our Swiss government always advised to have a stock of basic food in case of emergency. I think they were thinking of wars or natural catastrophes. Now we have something that no-one really thought could happen.

I will be glad when life gets back to normal and I do not have to live in my own little bubble avoiding contact with others. I notice a new vocabulary is developing in the english language. Words like “bubble” and “lockdown” now have another meaning as well as “key workers” and “self-isolating. I even saw that there are variations to the cockney rhyming slang and the expressions “a Miley Cyrus” now means “virus”. We do not have conversations, but contact via “Zoom”, although I am more into Face Time with my No. 2 son living on the other side of Switzerland. I had contact yesterday and it was lovely to see my grandchildren as we were talking. They are growing, the oldest now 3 years old and the baby already a year old and now finding her feet. It will be lovely to see them again in reality, but that will be next year.

In the meanwhile we are really getting some real clouds and now and again even the sun appears. I am now off to prepare dinner. I wish you all a good day.

16 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. The cant of the bird’s tail suggests a thrush of some sort, maybe a blackbird. (Talk about cheek! I know little about European birds, yet I feel obligated to take a guess!) You had the advantage of seeing it live. How a bird behaves often helps as much as field marks when it comes to identification, and, of course, a blackbird probably is a no brainer to identify. Oh well! Best wishes for working it out.

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  2. Hopefully by spring we will be somewhat normal. As of yesterday in my state the over 65 group should be vaccinated maybe next month. But for the time more and more sick folks. Have a good day, I’m off to get groceries this morning before the rush.

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  3. Good morning … perhaps the bird is a mourning dove or turtle dove? Maybe try to look for that on the internet and see if the pictures match. Great photos of the dawn. Have a great day. SLP …

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  4. Good afternoon, the it is partly sunny but cold out with a strong wind. I put my magnifying glass on your mystery bird. I couldn’t see its beak or head very well. It not a blackbird, could be a dove of some time. It does remind of a Quail. I do have zoom but don’t understand how it words. Have a merry day.

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    • I also think it is a dove of some sort. This afternoon it only rained once and is still raining. I was not expecting that, but tomorrow should be better. My last shopping day before Christmas.

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  5. It’s either a dove or a wandering pigeon. Pigeons ARE doves. Rock doves. They just discovered that instead of mountain ledges, city buildings were great places to nest.

    The virus is still very bad here and waiting for them to gear up the vaccines — and hope the vaccines will still work with the mutated virus — is troubling. But so far, we’re all okay here and glad you’re okay there! This is shaping up to be a cheerless Christmas for many people. Maybe we’ll have a much better New Year?

    Hugs and greetings to all!

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    • I also think it is some sort of pigeon. We rarely see them in our area as they are usually in the town, and many of them. This on was probably on a holiday/vacation. We are having a complete lockdown from 27th December and only food stores will be open My shopping seems to be restricted for things to freeze and stuff to store. They say that the vaccines should work with the mutatiion but who knows. We will be getting our jabs at the beginning of Janruary. According to the details we can go just along the road for the job in one of our large centres, or they also come home to you if you are not able to get there. My occupation at the moment seems to be working out what food to buy. The whole virus thing is worrying. My son and his wife had a cold last week and as a precaution organised a test at the local hospital. They could go straight away and thank goodness the results were negative. No. 2 son said it was a precaution and I find it a wise one. He said the whole process was over in a matter of a few minutes.

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