Good Morning

Nothing new here, the sunny morning of September promising another good day in our village.

There was a plane soarting overhead winging its way to a distant country. It might have taken off from Zürich airport and was definitely on the route towards South.

Yesterday afternoon the storm clouds began to gather and we had a few claps of thunder, but the spook was over in 10 minutes and everything calmed down again. It is amazing how quickly the weather can change.

I was busy deciding what to do yesterday after my 300 zoom camera lens had given up the ghost a few days ago. It was such a useful lens for close-ups, mainly flowers and the insect world and naturally birds. At first I decided to leave it, then I began to examine the new developments in camera life. I want to stick to Nikon as it is a camera I am used to and does the job well. Shall I buy a new camera or just a lens. After examining all the possibilities I decided to replace the broken lens with a new one. It is naturally also a question of money – and of age. At the age of 75 I really did not need something new and spectacular. Mr. Swiss found I spend so little on myself and I should treat myself to a new lens. Photography can be an expensive hobby, and it is a hobby for me and not a professional job.

Life is becoming a little expensive with a new fridge as well since the old one gave up the ghost last week, but again I am also lookng forward to having a new fridge with no ageing marks and repaired plastic boxes for separating the vegetables. Mr. Swiss and I do everything 50-50 when it comes to getting new items.

The bees are still visiting, but the flowers are now getting less. I think by the end of September they will disappear from the garden. Apple time is also looming on the horizon and I have an abundance of apples to pick from the tree this year. I will have to engage No. 1 son for help.

During the summer I put my indoor plants outside to enjoy the sun and weather. Here is a kalenchoe which I have had now for at least three years and am hoping one day that it will flower again. It has developed an interesting form and now making new green leaves. It seems to live on air and needs very little water.

My older orchids are also still developing. this one has made a new shoot with roots and one day will become a new orchid I hope. There is also a new shoot coming from the middle which will probably be a new flower shoot. All I do is give it a water bath once a week and that seems to be enough.

And now I will begin my daily exciting life of cleaning, washing, cooking and a little bit of ironing, of course including the computer – the life of a golden oldie can be so exciting. Have a good Sunday. I leave you with a visitor yesterday who decided to settle down on one of my balcony chairs, the neighbour’s cat Shoo Shoo. I think she was daring me to disturb her.

12 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. Shoo Shoo does indeed look like she owns that chair! Love the photos today. I have a kalanchoe in my kitchen window that seems like nothing I can do or not do changes its will to branch out and blossom every winter. It’s in a pot that gets little attention from me – water when it drops a leaf or two (or sooner since it is over the sink in that window…), its only source of minerals, and an occasional trim since it really takes over its space. The flowers are lovely salmon clusters that brighten the winter-spring day. I think I paid a dollar or two for the plant at the local grocery store a few years back, but I’ve had more than my money’s worth from the plant over the years its graced that window and another one before the cats finally knocked it off the sill, unpotting it. The plant makes a cameo appearance in this video with my cat, Andy: https://youtu.be/BV8K3uG7DMM

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    • I had a look at your video. That is a real cool cat. I am hoping that I have so much success with my kalanchoe as you have. It seems the best treatment is to just ignore them. Perhaps mine might begin to have flowers towards the Winter. They are really not expensive plants and very rewarding.

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  2. Good Morning!
    That orchid is doing well. Most do not last so long, since those who purchase them in bloom simply discard them after bloom. That shoot to the left of the middle is a floral shoot, which will grow and bloom like the stalk that is supporting the small new plant did earlier. The shoot to the right of the middle appears to be a vegetative shoot, which should develop into another foliar rosette, which could produce floral shoots later. There may be two more shoots developing to the right of the old folded leaf just to the right of the older floral stalk, but I can not be certain. Nor can I identify them as floral or foliar shoots. They could be bits of old leaves also.
    Normally, I would recommend cutting the kalanchoe back to promote fuller basal growth, but this one is so lanky that it might not survive the process. It would be better to let it continue to grow and do as it pleases. If it chooses to produce basal shoots, the lanky outer stems could be pruned back later.

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    • Wow.at last success with my orchids. It has been a few years, but I now seem to be getting somewhere. This particular plant is really going to town. I hope it stays that way during the Winter when I have to take it inside. The kalanchoe is making me curious and I am interested to see what it does next.

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      • Those orchids are not easy. Mine lived for many years, and was rarely without bloom, but then died suddenly and unexpectedly! I have no idea what happened, although I do not mind so much, since I know how they can be. Besides, I got a lot of bloom out of it.

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