There is not a lot to say about this morning’s weather except that it is snowing and really snowing. Not just that it has been and gone, but it is still here. I waded out in it to feed the birds and although they remained silent I am sure they were pleased as they afterwards made the most of the feast. I suppose it is a typical Swiss Winter this year, but we have not had such a typical one since a few years. Again I am glad that I am at home sitting in my nice comfortable kitchen with my breakfast.
I am so glad that I do not have to go out in this weather on a hunt for food. My weekly rations will be delivered today some time in the afternoon. It seems the afternoon is a better choice for Monday as the deliveries to the supermarket have been completed and I have a better chance of getting everything I ordered. At the moment, due to my careful logistical planning, I am very well equipped with everything: meat and veg and all the necessary accompaniments. I have enough freshly frozen bread, although today I will probably bake a loaf to have with the evening meal.
Talking about food, I listen to quite a lot of radio, watch TV in the evening and notice that most of the adverts for food are now including the best vegan choices. Are we no longer eating meat? Is it now bad to eat meat. Admittedly I also love the chickens and the cows, even pigs, but since mankind began to exist we were carnivores. We ate would we could find, whether animal or vegetable. We had to survive. Today food has become perhaps more luxury, We can choose what we want to eat. and I choose to eat meat. I was watching one of those David Attenborough films yesterday and one of the scenes was showing a colony of birds living from fish in the sea. They were nesting and then the sea eagles arrived looking for food for their chicks and the smaller birds were the ideal victims. It showed how nature works. It is a vicious circle for survival, but they do not decide to pick and choose, they eat what they find and the balance of nature is maintained, something that we humans seem to have forgotten, I respect anyone that deicides to live vegan, but it does not impress me. I am now in a position where we would have nothing to eat if I was living without assistance from my online food deliveries. I could not go out with my scooter or wheelchair in the ice and snow and cold. I count myself lucky to be able to order my food to no extra cost, but I am certainly not being fussy about it. I am glad for anything that arrives on my table. I am sure many would not agree, but I am now too old and fixed in my ways to change my way of life.
Yesterday I noticed a bigger bird was hanging around. At first I saw him in a tree and then he joined the sparrows on the ground for a feed, I was not so sure what it was, so took a few photos. I then realised that it was a starling. Now and again, about once a year, they arrive in our area, often in large flocks. I remember one year there were about 20 of them in my garden. Now we have a few, but perhaps they are the reconnaissance for the rest. They are indeed an attrractive bird.
I am now off to do some housework. There is a cool breeze coming through the open window, so about time I warmed up. Have a good day, and may the weather be with you. It is not really with me at the moment, but I am not going anywhere and my lunch is slowly thawing.
In the meanwhile the sun arrived in my front garden.