FOTD 15th April 2021: Caucases Forget-my-not

I love this perrenial plant. I remember my sister-in-law gave it to me and said they like to spread, and they certainly did in my garden, but are no problem. I have had them for at least ten years and they return every year. Their roots survive the frost througout the winter. It is a wonderful splash of blue in the garden.

FOTD 15th April 2021: Caucases Forget-my-not

RDP Thursday: Country Comfort

Country comfort is where I live in a small village with mountains in my back yard, farmlands surrounding me and cows as neighbours.

And of course some chickens

with a rooster to keep them all under control.

What more can you want. After spending the first 20 years of my life in London, I will take the country comfort any time.

RDP Thursday: Country Comfort

Good Morning

It is a sunny day today it seems. I was almost blinded by the light when I opend the blinds after hugging the bed. I left my comfortable bed this morning just a little earlier as it is again time to change the bed linen. How I dislike that job. the first work is to strip the covers from the duvet and cushion, but just my bed. Mr. Swiss is still relaxing and I can do his later. He no longer has the strength to manage it all. I have now moved onto the kitchen for breakfast and will do the rest later. I needed a cup of tea and my breakfast before proceding any further with physical work. I no longer feed the birds in the morning. There are stil a few things hanging around and they must now fend for themselves, although they seem to be doing quite well. It is time to bring up the kids anyhow I wonder if the crows and magpies are busy cracking open the walnuts and peanuts for their babies.

I had been meaning to show this photo for some time, but lost it somewhere in my photo storage. Yesterday I found it. It was taken on 1st April and so I almost thought it was an April joke when this blue tit arrived at my kitchen window. I heard the noise and there he was: so close I never get to my birds, although I used a little zoom on this to get the feathery details. I was pleasantly surprised to see him hanging on the window frame.

There was quite a flutter outside yesterday when two of the sparrows decided to do a ballet act outside.

There was quite a lot of action outside yesterday and the sparrows were fighting for a good place on the wall having quite loud conversations.

Otherwise I was baking bread again. I was going to defrost a bread, but realised I did not really have a lot for the daily need so decided to bake a loaf. I have plenty of various flour types so decided on a brown bread. I also have enough yeast which I really want to use. I was a bit late on baking yesterday, so it was a stiil slightly warm bread when we had it at the evening cold cut meal. What could be better. Today it will be a bread from the freezer. On Friday I never really bake a bread, and on Saturday we will be having a chilli con carne for the evening meal. We like to eat bread with it, especially if it is freshly baked which it will be.

I heard this morning that Denmark has completely stopped the rollout of the British Astrazeneca Vaccine for Covid. I have been observing the situation and it seems to me that the Brits are really having a problem with their vaccinations. At the beginning it was bright enthusiasm for their vaccine and the idea was, after a few blunders, to get the complete british population vaccinated. They then discovered that they did not have anough at their disposal for the two vaccinations on a four week basis, and so it was altered to twelve weeks. Now it has been discovered that blood clots can be caused by this vaccine, although a rare (but dangerous) occurrence. The new British idea is now to mix the Astrazeneca vaccine with the others as they do not seem to have enough. I am not sure if this is a good idea and it seems the Brits are also not so convinced and are now making tests to see how it would work. Sorry Mr. Johnson and your team, but this all seems to me to be a little handcraft under the motto “let’s see if it will work”.

All countries are a little overcome with managing the problems of the pandemic. I have been very lucky that I have my vaccinations behind me. In Switzerland it is handled on a Kantonal basis and some Kantons are jabbing quicker than others. Our Kanton has made progress with us golden oldies. My son’s Kanton even more so, and he is now on the list for his jab at the end of the month. Our younger generations are still waiting. Reflecting on it all I am glad that I did not have the Astrazeneca vaccine.

And now to continue to the current day. I still have the bed assembly to complete and a lunch to cook, but I am not planning on going anywhere today. I have now rediscovered my reading again and no longer watch so much TV, although they had a Harry Potter season of all the films since Easter and I watched them all (twice actually). I am now determined to read the books again, although the last two I had never read. I am now reading the last of the Genevieve Cogman Books concerning the Invisible Library, another one of those fantasy subjects, but I like to read them and have read all of them up to now. It is a mystery world where the library ensures that they get the books they want, although mainly through devious means. It is a mixture of Human, Dragon and so-called Fae influences.

And now I will move on with the daily chores Have a good day everyone.