FOTD 25th April 2021; Apple blossom

When I saw this apple blossom on this particular tree, I was so happy, thrilled in fact. It is my second apple tree and this time I planted it from an apple pip. I would have an apple in the office in the morning for my break and I had a potted plant on my desk, so I decided to put a couple of the pips in the pot. After a couple of weeks I already had a baby apple growing. It was quite tiny and weak, but as time passed it got bigger and stronger and so I took it home and planted a couple in my garden. One survived and now we have an apple tree of the Idared variety in the garden 20 years later. Idared is something we usually buy as an imported apple and not one that grows here.

My apple tree began to grow in my garden, but it was at least five years until I saw the first apple blossom which even produced 3-5 apples. Unfortunately the apples were not really strong enough to survive and also not so good. It was an experiment and so I left the tree to do its own thing. We are now many years later. In beetween I got a few weak apples but nothing special and now, this year, my apple tree has decided it is old enough and big enough to keep up with the others. I have so many blossoms on the tree this year as I have never had. from the top to the bottom. Will I now be one of the only producers of Idared apples in Switzerland? Will they survive and will we be able to eat them? This is quite an exciting event for me and my garden.

FOTD 25th April 2021; Apple blossom

Good Morning

Another wonderful sunrise. I even ventured out into the garden, turned on the water and sprayed my garden. It is now time to compensate the failure of rain during the warmer weather. Due to concentrating on the garden I forgot to heat up the oven to bake up my Sunday platt bread which I buy half baked from the store.

However, whilst I was writing this morning piece I managed to catch up and am now eating my slices of freshly baked warm bread with some butter and jam – a good start to the food of the day. I also forgot to make my tea but now have a steaming hot cup waiting for me, so the day is saved. I must be getting old forgetting so much.

And I was again in town yesterday. It now looks almost like the pre-covid days when we would make the most of the good warm sunny weather and enjoy a drink outside. We seem to have got used to the idea of seeing masked people, although not so much when having a drink and something to eat. I must admit I never wear my mask outside unless I go into a closed space. Although I am now completely vaccinated you still have to be careful. Seeing carefree scenes like this reminds me of the good old days when we could move freely.

Even our many fountains in town, this one on the market place, attracted the crowds and kids for their water games. It was again a typical Saturday afternoon. If this continues, we might even have a few street musicians again. We are so lucky in our country to have such possibilities.

I also saw this wonderful display of potted plants on the steps of a town house.

I called in at the store to get a few items: mainly a weeks supply of cigarettes for Mr. Swiss and some special chocolates he likes. I also picked up a pot of basil for the outside garden. It was the second I bought. One I planted in my herb bed but this one will stay in the pot. You can never have too much and I like basil for flavouring my tomato salads and some Italian dishes.

After the evening meal it was a time of relaxation with a book, even the TV, although there was nothing really interesting on the box. I must have been a little tired from the outside weather and escaping to the great outdoors as I fell asleep in the chair already by 9.00 pm in front of the TV. However, no problem. Being a golden oldie I can please myself what I do. Needless to say I had an early night, following soon on the bedroom trail left by Mr. Swiss.

Today there will be no adventures and I will stay at home and enjoy the stressless life of a golden oldie. Sundays still have their advantages, even if they are not very much different to the other days. I wish you all a good Sunday with no stress. Take it easy. Isolation is not really so bad I find. I enjoy escaping from the maddening crowds now and again.