Today I went for a tour of my area and was so surprised at the variety of plants that had broken into flower. This is a Japanese quince growing in the border of one of our flowerbeds. It was such a wonderful surprise to see it,FOTD 2nd April 2021: Japanese Quince
This afternoon I decided to take a wheelie in my wheelchair along the river, but patience was really something I needed. It was the hour of congestion with people enjoying the fresh air. Many were taking walks and I had to be careful where I was going in my chair. The bicycle riders were out in force. They like to cycle in groups and took no heed of my chair. I was constantly looking in the rear mirror as you only realise they are approaching if they sound their bell. We all survived, due to the patience that I had to use. Ok, I know, I cannot ride a bike, could never keep my balance.RDP Friday: Patience
And another promising sunny day, on Good Friday, although over the Easter the weather will no longer be so warm and we even have snow forecast for next Tuesday and Wednesday. However, let us make the most of what we have. I was planning a wheelie along the river yesterday afternoon, but the Easter holiday intervened. I discovered my supply of red cooking wine (the only reason why I have wine) was running a little low. I buy the litre bottles and like to have two spare in my store in the cellar and one in the apartment. The apartment wine bottle was almost empty and I do not like my reserves to sink, otherwise suddenly you have none. For wine I have to visit another store, as my usual store has no licence for alcohol: no problem, but the last chance before next week due to these holidays. Instead of a pleasant journey along the riverside I was again in town.
It seems that they have begun to plant the flowerbeds in town. This one has the yellow look, full of daffodils and yellow pansies. I must say it is certainly a pleasure to see how everything is now awakening and reflecting the seasons.
Although there are seldom now crowds in town, due to the pandemic and everyone keeping a safe distance, there were a few people enjoying the day and the weather: no longer dressed in their Winter jackets, but making the most of the sun.
Our cathedral is still enshrouded in scaffolding and will remain so until Autumn. They are renewing the shutters and making a few other repairs.
As I approached the town by the outer path, everything was looking fresher. There was still a good view of the reform church, but the trees will soon cover it when their leaves appear. Reform churches are not so flashy as our catholic churches. They remain plain and simple according to the reformers of the time who did not decorate their churches so much. Our Kanton is basically catholic, but we also have our Swiss reform church members. Mr. Swiss and his family would belong to that group, if they ever visited a church. My sons were christened in this church.
Otherwise it was a quiet day, although we had a small drama in the evening. Mr. Swiss switches the TV on in the early evening, although I was outside on the porch with my computer. I joined him when I began to make something for the evening meal and noticed that the TV was repeating the programme continuously, as if a video had got stuck. It was then that we got a report that our TV was not receiving any signals and transmission stopped. Switching the TV on and off did not help and we realised we had a problem. In the meanwhile I realised that my iPad was also not receiving, and that No. 1 son’s TV was also not working. We then had visions of no TV until next week as no-one would be available to repair anything over the Easter holiday. After an hour we called one of the neighbours to see if it was a general reception problem, or if it was our TV. They were very helpful, but not watching their TV. However, they switched it on and said they were receiving OK. We then switched our TV on again and everything was perfect and all was working again: also my iPad and No. 1 son’s TV. We were none the wiser, but suspect that it was the local signals that were not working. We are not really TV addicts, well I suppose we are to a certain extent, but had visions of being without a TV throughout the complete Easter. These incidents remind you how we are so comfortable with our daily lives. This reminded me to tell Mr. Swiss to switch on the TV this morning, but no problem. It is still working.
And although it is Good Friday life continues, although I have a simple lunch of fish to cook and not so much housework. There is a pile of bed linen to be ironed, the duvet and cushion covers, but that will also be conquered. This afternoon I am still thinking about my journey along the river. Tomorrow the stores are open again for a day’s shopping, although I do not need anything and plan baking a cake in the afternoon for my visitors on Sunday – No. 2 son and family.
All I can now say is have a good Easter and see you around later. I saw that our trees were flowering in town. Spring is certainly a wonderful time of the year after the dreary Winter months.