One Word Sunday: Closed

We have been living through a time when everything was closed. Stores, hairdressers, and above all restaurants. In the meanwhile life has had to adapt, people have been perhaps vaccinnated and the authorities are trying to get the whole pandemic situation under control. They closed this restaurant on the banks of our River Aare last Summer. It is one of the favourites of the population of our town. There are usually chairs and tables outside and a meeting place for all in the good weather. It was an idea by a few people in our town and they organised it. In the meanwhile it is again open, naturally with the seating positioned at a safe distance. Its closure was regretted by many, it almost became a status symbol of our freedom during the pandemic.

One Word Sunday: Closed One Word Sunday: Closed

Good Morning

The Autumn leaves are showing their colours slowly but surely and it is raining – a steady drip, but who cares. Just another rainy Sunday and I am not going anywhere. There used to be a time when Sunday was a day for a trip somewhere in the car – not far, but just somewhere else or we would just take a walk in the woods, but that is now a thing of the past. With age comes slow motion and we are content to sit at home and watch the world pass by outside the window.

I almost forgot to bake my breakfast bread this morning. I do not bake my own on Sunday, although it is a small tradition amongst Swiss housewives and other European ladies, to bake their own platt bread for Sunday. I prefer to buy mine half baked and finish it off in the oven for ten minutes. Not that I observe a day of rest on Sunday, but there are some chores I like to avoid and this bread always tastes good warm and fresh from the oven.

I also had visitors this morning. Shoo Shoo, the neighbour’s cat, enjoyed some feline treats and afterwards like any good cat had a paw lick.

Five minutes later after Shoo Shoo disappeared, Roschti came meowing at the window, so another satisfied feline. He was a little undescisive about what to do next: took a stroll in my kitchen and then wanted to settle on the chair on the porch. This was also not his choice and eventually he left. Perhaps because it was raining outside.

It is still raining and I think it might continue all day. The garden can do with some rain now and again.

Yesterday I at last discovered the Swiss app on my phone for my Covid vaccination. It is now law here if you want to visit a restaurant or other public places to show proof and it is easier to just show the phone than bring out a piece of paper. I also organised it for Mr. Swiss, although if you travel you must of course also show identification. Luckily you still do not have to show it on supermarket visits, although at the moment my visits are at a minimum.

And that is all I have to say for the time being. I will probably be baking a Swiss apple flan today some time – I have to use some of the 200 apples I gathered from the tree. Have a good day everyone and take it easy.