Good Morning

A grey morning, but at least you can see the contours of the clouds, meaning it could get better. I will be at home today. Sundays are not very lively days here, especially in the Winter months, but at least we have no snow. Many parts of Europe are getting quite a lot at the moment, but somehow our area remains snow free, although who knows what the week will hold for us.

I managed to get into town yesterday afternoon to stock up on a few things I cannot get from my online deliveries. The weather was OK, although colder than I though it was. I think driving a scooter with a cross wind does tend to lower the temperatures. I notice on my scooter dashboard that I had a temperature of 8° C when I began the journey, which eventually decreased to 6°C when I arrived in town. However, it was good to get out again and see something different and armed with my trusty iPhone photo taking appliance it made it all a little more worth while.

I really wanted to stock up on some frozen veg which is always handy for an emergency when you cannot go into action. They also had a special offer on frozen chips (french fries for those over the pond) at half price which was really a bargain for a one and half kilo pack, so I naturally bought two. They really turn out well from my air fryer and after 20 minutes I have the perfect chips without the smell of deepfrying wafting through the home.

I noticed our town was preparing a little for the carnival season, although there will be no active carnival. This monument shows a copy of one of our entrance gates with a carnival figure seeming to support it. Carnival balls are forbidden and so is the usual procession with the various floats, which takes place twice in our town. I am not a great carnival person, although like to see the costumes and various ornaments. Many are very disappointed this year. I remember when I was a working woman, many would take the week off work, sleeping by day and celebrating all night.

I also saw a group of young men building this object in town. They immediately moved to one side, so as not to spoil the photo, except for one who decided to stay for the photo. We all had a good laugh. I suppose it is not every time that a golden greyhaired oldie takes a a photo.

Many windows had been decorated, especially the restaurants like this one.

Again there were very few people in town, but someone always manages to get into the photo somewhere.

It is common to see closed shops due to Covid. This is our local book store which is usually full of people searching for a book. It has now been closed, like all other businesses, since at least a month and there is no hope that it will soon be opened again, at least not in February. It is sad to see how our little town is now so neglected. I arrived at the store to find a few others shopping. There is no need to tell you to keep your distance, there are so few people it happens automatically.

I eventually made my way home, knowing that it would be another week or two, perhaps a month, until I would again venture into town. It very much depends on how cold the weather is and naturally snowfall, which reminds me I had yet another marathon yesterday evening in front of the TV. One of the british programmes had a showing of the James Bond film “Skyfall” which I had never seen. It was OK, with a meeting of some well known characters. I even had a conversation with Mr. Swiss, who also watched the first half of the film, whether Sean Connery was the better Bond than Daniel Craig. I found Daniel Craig the better and he was more for the established Connery.

And now I am on my secret mission in the apartment uncovering what is hidden. Enjoy Sunday wherever you are, even if you are working. You can always compensate when the others have to work.

As I wheel my way to town I always pass this stream on the way, but rarely can take a photo as it is a little hidden beneath the bushes and difficult to see. However, yesterday I had a clearer view, so took a photo. We do have some picturesque corners in our village.

11 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. Oh my! The Carnival decoration is rather . . . creepy.
    The graffiti under the bridge in the last picture seems to be of the same style as the graffiti under the bridge outside! How odd that graffiti of another language and thousands of miles away is so similar.

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    • We have all sorts of decorations. There is usually a theme to the annual celebration, but I am not so sure this year. I don’t know who does the Graffiti, but usually a group of youngsters that have nothing better to do

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      • Carnival and such celebrations are so rad and excellent. It is so unfortunate that they must be cancelled nowadays. Because I do not enjoy big celebrations and parties (and very much dislike people getting rowdy or in costume), I do not participate, and actually avoid town for some of them, but I am pleased that people are ‘normally’ able to celebrate as a community. I normally compete in the Jam and Jelly Competition of the Santa Cruz Mountains Harvest Festival, but it is a small and docile event.

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    • I never really enjoyed carnival, but you can get some good pics. There will not be such a carnival this year, just a few street decorations and it is against our lockdown rules. I am not even sure when the official dates are, but it will be in February some time.


  2. Good afternoon. It was great you were able to go into town. The carnival pictures were interesting. Have a good evening and enjoy TV. After Friday the days are quiet. The sun is shining and temperatures in the 50sF/10C.

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