Good Morning

And another week begins with a burst of sun it seems. We are now back to Summer with all the heat, but pleasant days. It is wonderful to be able to sit outside during the day (although in the shade of the sun blind) and absorb nature at its best. Flowers are flowering, insects are insecting so what could be better. Mr. Swiss had a small accident with my garden hose yesterday. It decided to burst (probably due to old age) and he got rather wet. I noticed his clothes outside drying in the sun. He thought it was the neighbour watering the garden next door, but I discovered the tear in the hose. He managed to remedy the problem by shortening the hose. I can still use it but not quite ideal. I have to spray from a distance at the side of the garden. We live an online life, so I had a look on my online shop on the computer, and found the ideal replacement. It will be ordered today with a 1-2 day delivery. I cannot really complain, we have had the hose since at least ten years.

After that little bit of excitement I had a look in the garden to see if there was any action. There was not very much happening, and the only action were the bees which seem to have only one purpose during Summer, visitng the flowers. They are lonely bees, manly female, and now and again lay a few eggs in my insect hotel. All the rooms are now occupied.

We had an aeronautic show in the sky this morning. The light is now right and the skies are clear enough to see the planes circulating above. I took this photo with my cell phone and it surprised me how clear it turned out.

Today I will remain at home. I have nothing to shop, everything has been delivered. I sent a mail yesterday to the local salvation army with photos of goods I no longer need – a sofa bed and a foldable bed which we have rarely used. The salvation army have a second hand store here and I am hoping they can use them. I had already contacted them with four good chairs we no longer need. I am gradually clearing things out. I should also contact my neurologist as I have received my annual letter telling me that a visit is now necessary to renew my perscription for my very expensive MS medicine which I inject every second day. It looks like action time. I also have to organise a visit to my new general practitioner as my doctor has now moved to another village. I just have to give up my details and organise a first appointment so that we can get to know each other.

And now to move on. There is a bread to bake and generally organise the apartment after the week-end. Have a good week with no stress.

The neighbour’s cat does not seem to know what stress is and likes to relax in my garden.

Good Morning

Just as I was taking a morning photo of the Jura from my garden, this crow decided to do some photo bombing so I just had to take his photo as he perched on a neighbour’s roof. He also seemed to be admiring the view, but he had literally a bird’s eye view of the scenery.

Otherwise as it is Sunday, I was busy baking up my platt bread in the oven. It is one of my picks of the week to have a freshly baked bread on Sunday morning which I am now enjoying whilst sitting at the computer. We have wonderful Summer weather at the moment, warm and sunny and at last I can live my outdoor life on the porch.

The bees are still busy gathering their pollen. I wonder if they have a competition for the most busy bee and who collects the most. Perhaps they become bee of the year and get an exra stripe.

Insects seem to be everywhere and I saw this spider suspended from its nest, just hanging around. It looks like it might be albino spider. Eventually she stopped hanging and disappeared under a leaf. It looks like she is carrying an egg sack, so there will soon be some baby spiders making themselves at home outside.

My attention was then drawn to this moth that seemed to be relaxing its wings on the garden wall. Pobably relaxing after a full nights action.

Yesterday was another day at home, although I spent the afternoon out on the porch enjoying the good weather with my computer and a book. Today I will probably not be very much different. I noticed that some of the early flowers are already saying goodbye in the garden whilst the roses are beginning to flower. I am now off to cook lunch – veal with vegetables which does it all by itself after a few preparations. Enjoy your Sunday everyone, take it easy and make the most of it. Here is a final good bye from my iris that have now decided to leave me until next year again.

Good Morning

We are really spoilt for a morning sky: sun lighting up the trees and aircraft paths crawling across the sky. Mostly from Zürich airport, but also passing planes on their way to somewhere. Travel is slowly returning as covid statistics are reducing in Europe. I read yesterday that Switzerland will soon be dropping the masks in closed spaces on 28th June. I only wear them when I enter a store. Many of us are now vaccinated so I do not bother when outside. It looks like I will begin to recognise people I know again.

Yesterday I really did venture into town in the afternoon, the first time since more than a week. I was really getting lazy and gave myself a push and I was glad. I always enter town by the surrounding path which goes past our old fortifications. The trees are now bursting with leaves and making a nice shady walk. I was really glad to be out and about

especially when I wheeled past the museum gardens. It made it all so worth while.

Eventually I arrived in town and wheeled my way to the first store. That was only a short stop, just for Mr. Swiss cigarettes. Afterwards I saddled my scooter again and went down to the larger store for the groceries. They are still renovating the building next to the supermarket and again I had to travel a few meters on the main road in my scooter at the side of the traffic as the various delivery trucks were blocking the path on the pavement. I already had my supplies for the week-end which were delivered in the morning, but I like to stock up on a few frozen items and other bits and pieces that I cannot order online. My online supermarket pays me a dividend monthly which goes automatically onto a plastic card. I usually apply that for stuff I buy when in town and was surprised to see I had so much on the card I did not have to pay for anything. I only now use real money to pay my cleaning lady, otherwise I can do it all with my iPhone supermarket app on my card when it has funds on it. How life has changed over the years. I remember my dad who still lived in his world of bank notes and change in his pocket. He always refused to open a bank account, and always collected his pension money in cash from his pension account then it arrived.

On my way home through town I noticed that the town was alive again with many visitors sitting outside the street cafés. This one was closed since last Autumn. They were renovating it, as being open was not really worth it. They could only serve drinks inside. This has now changed and who knows, Covid might one day a historical fact. Something our grandchildren can tell their grandchildren one day. I miss the musicians in town, they have not yet arrived, but during the summer that will also happen,

This is one of the oldest restaurants. They even served Casanova when he spent a few days in the town a few centuries ago. They now have pots of rose trees outside where the public are relaxing with their drinks.

I could not resist taking my customary photo on the path back to my village which leads partially along the side of the railway tracks. I saw that some of the fields have now been ploughed and there are even crops growing here and there. These are the views that I can call home with the Jura moutains in the background and a few artistic clouds hanging over it all.

I was feeling rather tired and worn out over the past few days. I think I was still recovering from organising my garden cupboard, but I am now feeling a lot better. Yesterday evening was at last a TV programme to suit my taste. The last episode of our spring watch was on the TV where we saw all the various nests that had their hatched birds from the past 3 weeks. The baby birds really grow fast and their mums and dad have their beaks full supplying them with the constant food necessities. The parents will soon be off to the warmer countries and have to make sure that the babies will be grown enough to go with them. Afterwards was Gardeners World, showing the various chores in the garden and visiting various gardens.

I am now off to deal with my household chores, not a lot, but like to keep things organised. Enjoy your week-end, may it be a good one.