Good Morning

Nothing special today, just some grey clouds hovering above. Yesterday was a rainy day, but no big problem. It was a light rain and did the garden good, at last giving it a soaking that it needed. Did you know that today is May Day? Of course you do, it is on the calendar. Mr. Swiss told me that the Brits were having a so-called Bank holiday this week-end inclusive Monday. They always call them bank holidays. I think it is from the old days when the banks rarely closed for a holiday and when they did it was a special day.

What I am actually saying is that this golden oldie had no idea and was surprised at the British Bank holiday for no apparent reason. Even in Switzerland we are closed down on the 1st May. I should have been busy buying groceries for the days when the stores are closed, but I was not. It was just a normal day for me until my No. 1 son informed me yesterday that today the shops would be closed. Him being autistic this disturbed his usual Saturday routine of going into town. And I had no idea. My only thought these days is whether to break out of my self imposed isolation or not. I had already got my grocery delivery online and planned week-end food. In my earlier housewife days everything would have been planned for the week-end when the stores were closed. My new way of shut-down golden oldie life has changed all this. I have enough food to exist on at home for a few weeks if necessary and so I had forgotten that we get extra holidays in between.

My birds were too busy feeding to notice that in the human world there was something completely different.

We now have a Saturday where all the stores are closed and I did not even get worried or excited about it. I really am now leading a stressless life compared to the past. Yesterday I finished my book, Grave Importance by Vivian Shaw, where the heroine eventually gets married to her vampire: the world is saved and everyone lives happily ever after. It was all centered around heaven and hell and the problems they had. It was quite an amusing book and the last in a trilogy. In the meanwhile I have discovered that another book series I like to read about The Secret Library written by Genevieve Cogman has a new arrival “The Dark Archive”. I have read them all up to now so have now uploaded this one onto my Kindle. I just love a bit of mystery mixed with fantasy, although I just read a critic of this book that it is not the best up to now.

I did mention yesterday that my orchids had arrived by DHL. They were very well packed and are now sitting outside on the table on the porch. In the background you can see the remainders of last year which look quite promising with a new new sprouts on the stalks. My Summer is now prepared.

I have also decided it is time for a new vacuum cleaner. I am a Dyson fan but the Dyson I have is no longer working so well. They have had a new model for some time. The older models only had power for 20 minutes after charging them, but the new model is OK for an hour and has a few other gimmicks, although honestly speaking who vaccums for an hour? As Mr. Swiss and I always split the costs between us for new household goods, this would be no luxury.

It looks like a stressless quiet day today, although perhaps a little dull and damp for those that were planning on an excursion somewhere on Mayday. Have a good week-end everyone, enjoy the holiday. I will even if I did not realise it would be a holiday.

9 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. Good Morning!
    (I really did not intend to stay up so late (or early by your perspective).)
    Those orchids are rad! Of course, I like the white one to the right, but the specimen to the left is so richly colored! Are there some older orchids in the background? All that I can identify is the foliage of the amaryllis.

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    • They are my older surviving orcihids and are making new shoots in their stalks. I am hoping they will flower again. Prerhaps my amaryllis will make another flowet. I could choose the colours I wanted.

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  2. Greetings.I haven’t seen any financial changes ,that motivate me to continue with Wp.Iam sorry to let you know that lam quiting from GIF. On 1 May 2021 10:09 a.m., “Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss” wrote:

    angloswiss posted: ” Nothing special today, just some grey clouds hovering above. Yesterday was a rainy day, but no big problem. It was a light rain and did the garden good, at last giving it a soaking that it needed. Did you know that today is May Day? Of course you do,”


  3. Good morning … great photos … we love pictures of orchids … I had one that has been blooming .. it is sort of butter yellow color .. and now a second one has started to bloom .. it is darker purple … so encouraging when an orchid decides to treat you with a bloom to say “Thank you for taking care of me .. I am happy”… have a great day … SLP …

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    • I have noticed on two of my older orchids that they have produced new clumps of leaves on the stems and are now making roots. I am getting baby orchids.


  4. Good evening the day is sunny, with clouds and strong wind. We didn’t make it to 85F yesterday, only to 77F. I remember May Day when the Maypole was in use and flowers were on steps of friends’ homes. It stopped in the 1950s when Russia took on the holiday with a military show. I miss it very much. Graves were decorated with flowers. Now it is not a special holiday. Sunday is Mother’Day The orchids will be making a show in the stores. Enjoy your new book and be well.

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    • A bit of a cloudy day and constant rain, not very pleasant. May Day here is more for the socialists with outdoor speeches, but this has been called off this year due to Covid. I even forgot that today was a holiday as every day is a holiday for me.

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  5. There are two other Vivian Shaw books. I wish she’d write more of them. I really like them a lot.

    It’s a grey sky here, too. Rained yesterday, was sunny all morning, changed its mind an hour ago and now it’s thinking about raining. Rain wouldn’t be so bad. It would clean some of the pollen out of the air. We are having a really heavily pollenated spring this year and the oaks aren’t even sending out pollen yet. This is all maple, birch, juniper, pine, weeds and flowers. The oaks are the worst. It looks like green snow falling.

    But, on the up side, we do need the rain AND Owen finally planted the hydrangea, so if it rains, it will greatly improve the planting. We put up a local on on the “freebie” listing for Tiger lily bulbs. We have SO many of them. It’s kind of funny because I dug all of these up from the edges of the road and along the woods. Wherever they were growing wild, I dug them up and they have multiplied like crazy. And of course, they are still all along the roads in the open fields and under the steps to the deck. They may come from Tibet, but they sure have adapted well to New England!

    I remember Maypole dances when I was in elementary school. Our military veteran’s holiday is at the end of May because it’s the biggest “flower month” of the year. Everything either ends or begins blooming in May, so there are always flowers to decorate graves.

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    • I have also read all three books by Vivian Shaw. Fantasy seems to be my taste in books.

      Today was a cold dull day, a Sunday to stay at home. Spring is OK but going slow. It is not as warm as it should be, although the trees are full of blossoms. We have had plenty of rain this week.
      We have a custom on Mayday where the Male 20 year olds in the village put up a maypole with photos and names of the 20 year old girls from the village, although there has not been one this year.


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