Good Morning

I am not so sure if it will be a good morning, or even day. The heat is giving me problems. In the morning it is cooler, but it soon rises to the hot spot of the day. I find I am hugging my bed more during the day: not for a sleep but just to lay quietly and use no unnecessary energy. My body just does not feel good with 32° C during the day. We do not usually get such high temperatures until July. After a very wet and cooler May month, the heat has returned with a vengeance in June. I have to keep an eye on some plants in the garden as it seems to be ideal weather for aphid invasions. It seems giving them a good shower with the hose helps to keep them under control and so I can count the numerous dead aphids laying on the ground afterwards.

Yesterday the estate gardener arrived and removed our wild meadow. I heard voices outside and the boss was taking a walk with his apprentice and telling him how to attack the wild growth. It had grown quite high this year, but once he started to mow, it was soon laying on the ground.

After the wild growth had been cut it was left of the ground to dry in the sun. Probably the hay wagon will come and collect it today for animal food during the Winter. They were lucky that we had no storms or torrential rain during the night like most of Switzerland had yesterday, and it is still nicely drying out on the ground. That was our annual big removal of the wild meadow. It always happend mid June to give the plants time to seed up for next year.

I was off again yesterday on my scooter to the local store. the roads were quite empty as I scootered along at the side, but it is really too hot to go anywhere. I was glad I only had 5-10 minutes to the store and could keep a little in the shade. I already had my week-end provisions, but had used my last sticky paper for capturing food moths in my grocery cupboard. Actually I no longer have food months, since at least two years. I pack everything in the kitchen in airtight plastic boxes and so have an uninteresting place for insects. I still like to have the sticky paper on the cupboard door to make sure there are no invaders. The paper is impregnated with female hormone which attracts the males who afterwards die a very sticky immovable death on the paper and cannot help to produce offspring. That is the only method against the pests. As I said I have no more of these moths and have an insect free kitchen thank goodness.

I had my usual daily visitor with the pleading “give me something to eat” look in his eyes. How can I resist. I even have a double quantity of feline goodies in my cupboard as they had a special offer for two packets. I just have a soft spot for cats.

And that was yesterday’s adventures. Nothing special happening. I just like to watch the grass grow outside. Today I will not be going anywhere. Just a housewife day with a little cleaning and cooking. Have a good one everyone, may it be a good week-end.

12 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. Good morning … great photos … it sounded at the beginning like it was a lazy day for you … but then there was this .. and that … and the kitty .. .finally you seem to have done a lot !!! Your sky looks beautiful . .. but I get the heat … me too !!! Have a great day … SLP …

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    • It was quite smooth runnings today and I could relax this afternoon on the porch with the sun blind down. I just finished preparing a pizza and the pastry is ready for the toppings.

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  2. I hope the heat doesn’t get to you too badly. We are in the midst of Tropical Storm Claudette and she is making quite a mess with wind/rain/tornadoes. The outside cats were tucked safely inside my garage last night. Roschti is so cute; I love that he comes to keep an eye on you/eat every day.

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  3. Good Day!
    Horticulture is still taken seriously there. It is interesting to see. The meadow gets cut down and utilized, even in a residential setting. Those doing it even know to leave it to go to seed first. I know it likely seems common and practical there, but I could not find anyone here who knows or cares of such things.

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    • We have farms in our village and the meadow is dried for hay in winter for animal feed. It is great to see how the meadow produces such a wonderful variety of flower. Although it has now been cut, it will grow again through the rest of the summer

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      • Back when horticulture was still taken seriously here, mustard grew as a cover crop under the remaining orchards. We could take all the greens we wanted while they were fresh, and then the mustard bloomed and went to seed before getting tilled down. It never dried out completely before getting tilled, but stayed just long enough to drop seed for the next generation.

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