Hibiscus in the sunFOTD 30th September 2021: Hibiscus
It had to be the Swiss alps: a view from the top of the hill in our village, where the local castle is, on a clear day. I have never actually climbed them, but taken the train that goes through the inside of the mountains. It stops at the Jungfrau with a wonderful view of all the surrounding mountains, although due to the thin air on the heights you can get quite giddy . If the weather is really playing well, I can even see the tips of the mountains from our garden, although it would be at least 1-2 hours to reach them from our village by road.RDP Thusday: Vast
The sun is rising and the sky is ready. Temperatures are now sinking a little as Autumn draws to the closing days, although no rain at the moment. I will now have to think about shifting my orchids inside before the frosty mornings arrive.
And today is a special day for us. No. 1 Son has his 52nd birthday today which also happens to be a local holiday in our neighbouring town of Solothurn for its patron Saint Urs. Unfortunately it is only the town that has the holiday and for everywhere outside of the direct walls of the town it is a normal working day, so son No. 1 has to go to work. It makes no difference for my daily life as I am not going anywhere today and tomorrow the stores are open again in town.
No. 2 son will also be calling past this evening as he is working in his office this week in a nearby town before returning to his part of Switzerland for the week-end and next week where he will be doing home office for the week. Things are gradually returning to normal in Switzerland but Kovid still hangs around like a Damocles Sword. Our Kanton is doing OK and has fewer cases of the epidemic. We still have to wear our masks in the stores and enclosed spaces, although restaurants and concerts are now OK to visit as long as you can show your vaccinnation with a certificate on the phone or otherwise, accompanied by you identification card to prove that you are the person on the certificate. As I personally very rarely mix under the crowds I do not need it.
Otherwise life goes on and according to this advertisement I saw in town, we will even be getting a visit from one of the Swiss circus tents. This would have been unthinkable a year ago.
On our estate the building noise goes further for the new block of apartments and we will be stuck with it until next year in summer. There is a constant banging noise where something is being driven into the ground, a pneumatic hammer of some sort. It is probably being used to form the foundations. There is a gigantic pit where there used to be a meadow. It is the last block planned for our area and afterwards the work will be finalised.
And now I must go. A bed waiting for fresh sheets and duvet covers needs my help. Otherwise it will be a bread baking session today and a spaghetti lunch. Stay safe and make the most of the day. My local feline Roschti has also paid a visit for an additional breakfast snack.
Seems that the camera lens was blinded by the red colouring of the hibiscus flower.FOTD 29th September 2021: Hibiscus
As a golden oldie I do not really have a phobia, I have seen so many changes in life and had to adapt. However this week the gardeners called and brought my garden up to date with removing weeds etc. The photos shows the result and now I have realised that I do have a phobia. I was not expecting the layer of wood chippings, or whatever, in between the plants. I know it looks good and very neat, but for me it is too neat. I like earth between my plants, even a few so-called weeds sprouting here and there do not bother me.
I am not so sure that my bees, spiders and bugs are happy about the situation, not to mention the birds. How will they find their worms? How can I make them the central subjects for my photos when everything is covered with this chip wilderness. It all happened on Monday, and next week the gardener will be calling – again – to remove this new layer of unwanted material and replace it with fresh, black natural earth. I want a garden and not a pseudo cemetery.RDP Wednesday: Phobia
I had so many wonderful cloud photos this morning it was hard to choose one from the others. So here are just two of them.
Sometimes mornings are just made for clouds. During the day they disappear if the weather holds out and we just get blue everywhere. We have a good Autumn this year: not too cold and just pleasant. Not only did I lose time on cloud photography, but I had a special delivery of my MS medicine. It always comes in a separate special delivery as it has to be in cool boxes to keep the right temperature. I have now put it in its refrigerator and am now set for the next three months of injections for every second day.
Otherwise I was off to town in the afternoon for an appointment with the doc. Nothing serious, just a check for my sugar levels. My accident with my arm is now a thing of the past, and there are now just a few interesting skin colours left. We have the annual Autumn fair in town but managed to steer through all the rummel on my scooter.
There are some food booths at the fair
and of course some beer selections for the thirsty.
I also saw this interesting stand for Covid tests. You are only allowed into the pavilions at the fair if you show your vaccinnation certificate. I did not enter as I was with my scooter and that could get complicated, but I have my certificate to show on my smart phone in necessary.
I payed a quick visit to the large supermarket which was on my way to the doc. Afterwards I made my way home. It was already late afternoon and Mr. Swiss gets worried if I am away for a long time. I must say it was strenuous scootering through the people and various objects on the way.
Our local restaurants are still doing quite a trade on the sunny afternoons and the town is alive with people. Today will be a day of stay-at-home as I have nothing urgent to deal with. I got my grocery delivery yesterday and I am decked with immediate food supplies until next week. In the meanwhile I have almost completed my next grocery online delivery order.
On my way home from town our local Jura mountains were showing themselves from their best side with the clouds as an added decoration.
And I am now off for my daily tour of the apartment with the vacuum cleaner and mop etc. Have a good day everyone.
Seen outside a street restaurant this afternoon, bathing in the sun.FOTD 28th September 2021: Hibiscus
This is one method of escaping from a building, especially if there is a fire.RDP Tuesday: Escape
I have just had a morning with the cleaning lady here and now she is gone, but I did get the chance to take a photo of the morning sunrise. I always leave the bed punctually on Tuesday morning to get things organised.
We have some wonderful fluffy clouds today and the sun is shining, so what could go wrong.
Yesterday I had two gardeners tidying up my garden, although I was not very happy when they were finished. They worked well but left me with a problem. Their boss gave them the instructions before they began and I was also there. It seems that their understanding of the meanings of the instructions were not the same as mine. They tied up my reed for the Winter which was really getting a little out of hand but I am not sure if I want to stay like this throughout the Winter. I prefer it when the sheaths of seeds waver in the wind. They also put a layer of special wooden chips over everything instead of fresh earth, making the flowerbed on the back garden resemble a clinically clean cemetary. One of the gardeners also cleared away almost all my flowers in one of my raised beds, although we agreed to just thin it out a bit. Anyhow a further visit is now planned for next week to replace the cemetery look with natural dark earth and to replant my raised bed with something new. I had always had good service from my gardener, but it seems they are also having problems with organising staff.
I also had my second apple tree removed, which was done well and efficiently. I had planted it from a pip and it was now producing apples, but not very nice apples. I have a second apple tree and so we decided that there was one too many. I am glad this one has now gone. It was really growing tall and wide and taking away the light from the garden.
And now I must go. Dinner is cooking and son No 1 will soon be home. Have a good day everyone. I am not sure if I will have time to return this afternoon as I am off to the doc mid afternoon.
Today the gardener was here and tidied up the garden. At last I could see my sedum and rudbeckia without being covered by the reed growing next to it.FOTD 27th September 2021: Rudbeckia and Sedum