Good Evening

My visits seem to have now become evening visits. I am alone at home (although No. 1 son is also here) and it suits my timetable. I no longer operate from the kitchen, but have moved to the desk in the living room.

It is more comfortable and I do not have to move my computer around. I would even have room for my Apple computer on the desk.

They are really extending the building site on our estate and we now have two cranes. When the building is finished it will be a three story block with many apartments. It will be the final development on our estate. At least it might be useful for photographic material.

I spoke to Mr. Swiss on the phone and he has quite a lot of therapy stress, mostly regaining strength in his legs again and he is also eating well. He said that they have a really large choice of food. He has a view from the window over the lake of Thun, but only sees it from his room. Living now alone I do not have a lot to report.

There are even not so many birds at the moment. I have probably been feeding them too well. I must say they do seem to be growing. The blackbird is a regular visitor and the sparrows do not seem to mind. I even got a flight demonstration from one of them.

And of course the jay is also a regular visitor.

It is very cold at the moment, temperatures during the day around -2 and -3 C, but I do not need to go anywhere. My groceries are delivered. I am now planning the Christmas food as I have to keep an eye on when they are delivering, although I asked the guy and he said they are even delivering on Friday, Christmas Eve. I already have my Christmas meat and ice creams for dessert. It is only the fresh veg that I have to organise next week. It will just be myself and No. 1 son. No. 2 son will be celebrating with his wife’s family in Germany. I do not mind being alone, at least I will not have the Christmas stress of feeding the five thousand as it used to be in the past years when the kids were still kids and my parents would also be here from England. Turkey is not a traditional food in Switzerland for Christmas as in England and we usually enjoy a good piece of beef filet on Christmas Eve which is the main celebration here. I am not such a Christmas person and to be quite honest I will be glad when everything returns to normal. I quite like the Christmas music but the radio is overdoing it a little with the carols – I usually listen to the British radio stations. Their programmes are interspersed with advertisements for Christas gifts and food with their special offers. It seems Christmas has really become a money making commercial adventure.

And now to retire for the evening with the TV and put my computer to bed.

21 thoughts on “Good Evening

  1. It’s quite unreal that you describe palatial hospitals there. Here, they willspend less than £1/day feeding a patient. The nutritional value is zero. Ironic really, when you think it’s a hospital.
    Where did we go wrong?

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    • I could utter many criticisms over the NHS, but being a resident in Switerland for the past 55 years I do not want to say too much. I know the British system too well, through my family and my own experience. Suffice it to be said that the Briish government neglected it for too long and now they have the result with the handling of the pandemic. We also have our problems in Switzerland like everywhere, but our medical treatment is not free. I pay 450 Swiss francs monthly, as does my husband. The first 300 francs for medical treatment in the year you pay yourself and afterwards you pay 10% of any costs that occur. Hosptal and clinic costs are covered.

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  2. Hospital food is uninspiring here in the states. Getting the family to bring in decent food is wise.

    We also do beef on Christmas; In my family, we’d never eat chicken, turkey, or any bird for New Year. My grandmother ( Hungarian) is supposedly responsible for this. The saying in the family is that if you eat a fowl on New Year’s you’ll be searching for money all year. being that these birds scratch for their food. It may not make sense, but it’s nice to have something old and traditional in a family.

    Best wishes for a Merry Christmas!

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    • This is a rehab clinic and their food is almost 5 star menu. The sickness insurance pays, so no problem. My husband said that they have a good choice on the menu. Hospital food in Switerland is quite good, perhaps a little bland, but you are in the hospital to recover and not have digestive problems.


  3. Good to see that the birds are still performing for you, and that they like their new friend, Mr Blackbird. Mr Swiss has a good view and good food–that’s wonderful. I hope he will do well, and I hope the week goes by quickly for you, and those Christmas carols come to an end!

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    • He will probably be another two weeks in the rehab until some time at the beginning of the new year. I just hope that he gets back in chape as I am not able to support him very well when he returns home due to my own mobility problems.


  4. That’s good news that Mr. Swiss is having good meals, even with choices! The “therapy stress” will become easier as time goes on and his legs are gradually strengthened. I’m glad you were able to talk with him. Your birds are lovely — I’ve not seen a jay like that before — ours are more gray with muted colors. Enjoy them!

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    • Our jays are different to the American jays I know. He seems to be the only one here, although last Summer we had a pair of them. I am hoping that Mr. Swiss gets back on his feet again. The main thing is that he finds his appetite again.


  5. Good Day.
    I see that you are getting to write somewhat frequently again, although on a different schedule. ‘Therapy stress’ does not sound good, but is likely expected. I have not been in a hospital for many years, but found it all to be a bit of work.

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