Good Morning

I decided to join the fun again this morning, although the sky was not such fun. Yesterday was quite a sunny day despite the weather forecast, but the rain came during the night. A rainy afternoon is predicted and I was really thinking over whether to do my shopping trip today or tomorrow. Tomorrow will definitely be a sunny one and today is a bit doubtful. I also want to bake a bread today. I make the pastry in the morning which does not take so long and bake it in the afternoon.

I actually spotted a sparrow in the garden yesterday. He has been hopping around now and again but this time I caught him on camera. During Winter and early spring they are common visitors when I put out the food, but since a month they have become quite scarce. Now and again he flies off with nest material in his beak.

I think it is a sparrow, but I was glad to see him again.

Where there are birds, the bees are not far away. They are having fun on my sedum as the flowers are now developing regularly.

Our new Covid cases were down to only 2-300 yesterday in Switzerland which is not bad considering we have a population of 8 million. At the moment the main drama I have seen in Britain especially is that holidays abroad are in jeopardy. There was a real panic in Spain for the english wanting to return home before the deadline arrived for compulsory quarantine when then return to Britain. Some were paying hundreds of pounds to rebook their flight a day earlier to escape the expanses of going into quarantine. I really do not understand the situation. England has such wonderful places for holidays. Why do they all have to escape to Europe. Perhaps they need their beaches in the sun to return home with their suntanned bodies to show off to the neighbours, or just to show their exclusive holiday photos. Sometimes the pandemic brings out the negative characteristics of the human. I am probably too old for such problems now and am content to rest in my garden at home or visit the local town. I just no longer need all this holiday panic, although perhaps if I was still a member of the working population I would also try to escape somewhere.

I noticed this fire bug making its way into the insect hotel yesterday, but I think he was only paying a visit. They often swarm around here, although I no longer see so many since our lawn no longer exists.

I will now make myself busy in the apartment. I also have a new shopping list to create for my next online delivery which will happen on Friday. My freezer is quite full, so there will not be so much to organise. It is good to have a good frozen store as I can pick and choose what to cook. Have a good day everyone, and keep safe. See you around later.

I noticed that the apples are slowly developing on my tree.

11 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. We visited our university community garden the other evening and I think we have your fire bug’s cousins here in Florida. There was a huge amount of them on one very colorful plant. They are the same color as yours but just a different design on their back. My bugs say “Hi!” to your bugs.

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    • Here you find clouds of them beneath the Linden Trees. they are the first insects to appear during the year and spend days walking around attached to each other when mating. They are harmless and do not danger to the plants. There are special plants that attract them. The babies are also quite sweet, just a miniature version of mum and dad.

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  2. We have been laughing at the sense of entitlement here in England, over the summer holidays in Europe, and all of the fuss and panic. Between lockdowns last year we had a great October trip to Devon. Greece, as planned, would have been good, but we enjoyed ourselves.
    That said, it would appear the the UK is fully booked for summer!

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    • I am a Londoner (actuall cockney) but living in my holiday home Switzerland for the past 52 years.I would love to visit England again and travel to all the wonderful countryside towns and places that you have. I have never been to the Yorkshire moors or the lake district. I think my Swiss husband saw more of Britain when he was a student studying english in London. He went everywhere and travelled the coast of England up and down with his friends in a car.

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      • We have been here for 17 years, but only started visiting “overseas” destinations in 2014. We have had some excellent holidays in various places in the UK. Still haven’t been to the lake district, though.

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  3. Good Day!
    Vacationing in foreign places seems like an odd tradition to me as well. Of course, I happen to live in one of the most popular places in the World for vacationing. I really have no need to go anywhere else. I do like going to certain places though; the sort of places that I do not hear much about, like Oklahoma. I understand why places like Paris are interesting to those who travel, but why doesn’t anyone vacation in Oklahoma? I find it more interesting than Paris just because I hear nothing about it. Paris would be interesting in a very different way.

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    • America is a big country with lots of variety. You can see ice and snow in Alaska or go tropical in Miami. Europe is a collection of countries with different climates and different languages. It also varies in the cultural aspect. We enjoyed our holidays in Spain, France and Austria and I would visit my dad in England every year

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      • Actually, California is more diverse than most of the rest of America. That is why the cinema industry is here. Mount Shasta and the Cascades look like Alaska. San Diego looks like Miami. We have it all. However, people who are not familiar with their own region still feel obligated to go elsewhere for vacation. I have no doubt that Europe is fascinating, but since I do not get out much, everyplace is fascinating.

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