Every day a surprise in the garden. Today I spotted something blue and discovered that the first grape hyacinth had appeared. They are a remainder of my old garden. When the gardener dug it up the old bulbs remained and were distributed and return again every year. Isn’t nature wonderful?FOTD 31st March 2021: Grape Hyacinths
Music accompanies me throughout my life. Soon the various musicians will be visiting our town and playing in the streets. It is our background music and I am there with the camera to capture it all. I just wish I could capture the sounds as well, but my camera would then be filled with videos.
Mr. Swiss is a musician, played drums with various jazz formations now and again. I learnt piano for about 10 years at school. As I am writing this piece I am wearing my ear pods and am listening to music (generally classical – more soothing and nice to relax to)
Without music life would be boring for me.RDP Wednesday: Music
Another brilliant sunrise this morning, it could almost be Summer, although it is still Spring and I do not trust it entirely. Apparently it will get a little cooler for the Easter week-end, but I have no big plans about going places and seeing things. There is enough stress lasting the whole year.
And yes, I had my second and final Covid vaccination yesterday afternoon. The photo is from the exist where you have to wait 15 minutes before leaving. I decided there was a queue waiting and would need 5 minutes to arrive at the front, so saved on my 15 minutes. I felt a big dizzy afterwards, but I that probably did not have anything to do with the actual vaccination. I am just not used to be directed to a chair, then to the doc for the jab and visiting various stations on the way to show my documents. It gets all a little confusing for a golden oldie, especially when you do it all with the help of a walker and have trouble sitting in the right places. You just get a little wobbly on your feet. Luckily my neighbour took me there and brought me home in his car for which I was very thankful. When I arrived home I collapsed onto the bed, but I just had to find my feet again. Otherwise I did not have a headache, had no signs of fatigue and no strange marks on my body. The arm hurt just a little but that disappeared within a few minutes. It is now the next morning and I still feel no ill effects from the whole thing. I must just be one of the lucky ones.
I had the Pfizer BioNTech vaccination which works very well I believe with its 90% protection against everything. I am now so glad that I have had it done and hope for the best. I will still wear my mask when necessary and keep a distance. You can never be too careful, but I am glad to have it all behind me.
And now back to normal life.
Bird life continues in my back garden and the crows are now regular visitors, gathering the goodies. They are really the jugglers of food.
This little blue tit also arrived continuing to scoop out the goodies in the coconut shell.
Otherwise the day continued as normal. I was so glad after my ordeal at the vaccination centre. I had actually decided to relax and do nothing but I discovered I felt so good I could work on a few photos and blog a little.
I had one of my better TV evenings and watched one of those transformer films called Bumble bee. This time it was the good transformer that turned into a yellow Volkswagen, adopted and found by a teenage girl. Of course they managed to save the world from the bad transformers and it was a happy ending as usual. I got so interested I eventually only hit the bed only at midnight, but for me it was worth it. I am a victim for such films.
Today I will stay at home I think and take it easy. Have a good day everyone and keep safe and away from the others. Covid can be everywhere. I discovered this morning that Spring is really catching up on us all and from a distance I saw that our Japanese cherry tree is not thinking about opening its buds.
At last they have opened the flowers. I am quite proud of these hyacinths as they began a tiny babies from a larger example which I no longer have since many years. They began with a few leaves, and now they are almost adult hyacinths.FOTD 30.03.2021: Hyacinths
This afternoon I was being extra stealthie. I had my second and final jab again the Covid scourge. I did not have to wait long. First of all I had to show my documents from the first jab and then take a seat a wait. Luckily it did not take so long. they had erected tents and when you enter there is a doctor and assistant that gives you the vaccination. Afterwards you wait for 15 minutes to make sure there are no after effects and they you can go home. As it was the second one, I was extra careful and my lovely neighbour took me in his car. He waited until I was finished and took me home afterwards.
I was planning on a relaxed afternoon afterwards for any after effects. However, up to now I have none.RDP Tuesday: Stealthie
I have not even had time to take a morning photo this morning, there was just too much going on and I was not going to leave out my breakfast. I need that to get a start on the day. I cleaned through the appartment on the surface and then the cleaning lady arrived. She soon made herself busy with the work and I decided to clean a few windows. I was just finished when my grocery online delivery arrived from the store. It was quite a lot to distribute in the varsious places: two refrigerators, a freezer and the cupboard. I am now completely organised for Easter, so anything can happen as far as I am concerned.
No. 2 son will be visiting on Easter Sunday with his family, so I will at last again see my two grandchildren again. We found it was better to wait awhile until our Covid problems were more clear. In the meanwhile the third wave has arrived in Switzerland, not as bad as other countries. Instead of the thousand cases daily it is now 3-4,00 but now Mr. Swiss has had his second Covid jab and I am having mine this afternoon.
Yesterday I went into town. Actually I was only planning on a trip to the local store, but the weather was so good that I decided to go the whole hog and go to town. I also had to fill up on my reserve of cooking wine and a few other items that I can only get in town. There are so few people in our town now, despite the wonderful Spring weather we are now experiencing. People seem to be getting used to isolating themselves. I must say the change in weather also gives me more impetus to go anywhere.
The pigeons are also now gathering, especially when they find something to peck on the ground. The male pigeons seem to now be wearing their Spring coats, no female pigeon is now safe from their amorous advances.
The crows are also regular customers. I had to study this photo. It seems they have developed the trick of putting two peanuts in their beak at once.
I am sure they are nesting in the high trees, although I must admit I have never seen a baby crow. My cleaning lady was watching them this morning and said they are really big crows. I must be feeding them too well.
In the meanwhile my gardener arrived with a sage plant I had ordered. He planted it for me and now my herb garden is complete for the summer and I must now go. Wishing all a good day with no stress. I have had enough for today. I even cooked a meal in between.
Nature can make herself at home anywhere. No matter how cramped the space is, it will grow and spread.FOTD 29th March 2021: Dandelions
It is summer again. Our town has a cathedral and one of the best places to relax is on the steps of the cathedral. Yes, it is the ace of place to be, especially when the sun is shining. Today there were many enjoying the steps.RDP Monday: Ace
Another wonderful morning arrives somewhere in the wilds of Switzerland. I now see the overhead planes winging their way to the far places in the world. In winter I do not notice the silvery trails they leave behind them, but now they reflect in the sunlight. People still seem to be going places, in spite of Covid. Indeed I hear and see constant advertising for next year’s holidays. Personally I would not intend to go anywhere, especially in Europe, as the pandemic is long not over. The world is getting smaller I know and it is easy to pop on a plane and go places. Some seek the sun, some just want to see what they hear and read about and others just want to brag about where they have been when they return: human nature, but I prefer to stay at home with no travel stress.
Yesterday afternoon was such a glorious warm Spring afternoon that I decided to travel again to the local stables to see if there was any action. There definitely was and family chicken, complete with rooster, were taking a walk together. It was a real family excursion.
I noticed Mr. Rooster has quite a harem, but when he dresses for the occasion he certainly is a handsome guy. Any chicken would be proud to walk claw in claw with him.
The geese and ducks were also enjoying the weather. Now and again there was a honking and cackling from the geese, as it from a secret signal, beause they all do it together.
I remember it began with 2 or 3 geese and now there is a complete tribe. They must have been brooding the eggs quite dilligently to produce so many.
One of the horses was also out taking a walk in the fresh air.
When I returned home I discovered more than one hundred photos in the camera, so I was busy for a couple of hours sorting them all.
I decided to take an excursion this afternoon to the local store, so was busy this morning making a bread dough as the first work of the day. It is now rising and I can bake the bread some time in the morning. I will then have the afternoon free for any excursions, although it will be only a short trip. Tomorrow I will be occupied with my second vaccination.
And now I must move on. I have been active enough this morning and just want to settle to my usual routine. Have a good start to the week, take care and may the sun shine on you. I also took the short cut through the cemetary on the way to the farm. There quite quite a few visitors there, being Sunday with friendly weather.
The blanda anemones have begun to flower in my garden. Spring is really making up for time. I never planted them in my garden, the just appeared and over the years there are many: another wonderful splash of colour.FOTD 28th March 2021: Blanda Anemone