Good Morning

Another cloudy morning. Rain perhaps, but I do not think so. Yesterday we also got no rain although other parts of Switzerland did. It was still a pleasant day, even with some sun in between and I think today will be the same. I was again at home taking it easy. There are some days when I do not really want to go anywhere. Covid seems to have changed my daily routine and given me food for thought. We were all more or less told to isolate. At the beginning I was still going shopping for the family: online ordering got to be a habit with so many people that you got no delivery slots and had to wait at least two weeks for a delivery. People began to get a little hysterical. Toilet paper shelves were empty in the stores, as well as the freezers with the frozen food. It was one big mass panic. I was watching this as an observer and shocked by the conditions in the stores and the behaviour of the general public. We were being permanently assured that there was enough food and supplies for everyone and this was not necessary. It was also the time when I gave up driving a car and was now travelling by electric wheelchair, later by scooter. This was no great problem as it was summer.

Winter arrived, but in the meanwhile people had adapted to the new state of affairs. There were delivery slots available again and my store organised a new system of grocery delivery for a selected few (and I was one of them). I was invited to participate and I did, one of the best decisions I had made. I could avoid the cold and snowly weather of Winter. This system has now been expanded and I slowly adapted and am now ordering twice a week. I also organised a large freezer chest and began to store groceries. I am lucky enough to have a laundry room in the basement with enough space and a permently cool temperature. For the first time in my life I can now please myself if I go places or not, it is a matter of choice I quite enjoy my new life of isolation and the feeling no longer to be under pressure with my daily chores. I am now a golden oldie and it is time to let the others stress around. It never actually bothered me so much when I was younger, but now it is time to take it easy in the remaining days that I have.

So what do i do all day. I have a wonderful window seat for the outdoor life of the birds and armed with my camera take photos of their antics when collecting the food supplies I leave outside. However the food supplies are now slowly finishing as our stores do not supply bird food during the summer months. Quite rightly actually, nature provides enough for them to eat during the summer, although I will miss them.

This morning I will be getting another delivery of groceries which will complete my needs for the weekend. I am also expecting a DHL delivery of three orchids I have order from a company. They were ordered the day before yesterday and I got notification that they will arrive today. The company where I ordered them have been in existence for many years in Switzerland with plants and have now specialised in orchids, so I am hoping they will be a good quality.

Time to move on. I have a few things to deal with this morning and want to be ready when my grocery delivery arrives. Tomorow is already the beginning to the week-end. Time really flies, another week older. Enjoy the day.

RDP Saturday: Caboose

Another word I do not really recognise so I had a look in the computer. It seems to be some sort of quirky railway carriage, although I am still not so sure. Anyhow more quirky it does not get. When I was a working lady I was on a conference in Oslo taking minutes and part of the journey was incoraporated with some sighseeing. My boss at the time decided we would take the local train to the outskirts of Oslo, even passing the Homenkollen ski jump on the way, which was quite impressive. Anyhow the train was a wooden train. They seemed to have more trees than necessary in Oslo and so they even built the trains with them. This was the train that transported us to the end of the line somewhere in the surrounding countryside. I suppose I did get around quite a lot in my younger days.

RDP Saturday: Caboose

Good Morning

And the sun has risen after a rainy cold windy day yesterday. Perhaps the wind has blown the cobwebs away. I noticed the spider that moved into the corner behind the bathroom door had departed to the land when spiders go when they have departed from their spidery life. Did someone mistakiingly overlook him on the floor? It was not me I know, I always take care of my spiders, but there he was with little curled up legs. I am sure one of his colleagues will take over where he left off.

I seems that our postman no longer has to ring once or twice, as there is a new delivery service for my online orders of items that catch my eye and if you go to the laundry room in the evening as I often do as electricity if half price from 9.00 p.m. There might be a parcel left at the entrance as is was yesterday.

Yesterday evening I discovered this strange object in a parcel at the entrance to our apartment block. I knew it was for me as I had ordered it from my kitchen gadget supplier. I am a succour for such things. It is a new vegetable cutter, manually operated. It arrived in a flat pack, so I spend half an hour working out how to assemble it which was a little complicated, but I managed it. The web site even had a video to show how to complete it, although I had to play the video, stopping and starting until I got to the details. The idea is to put the veg into the opening on the left and pump up and down with the green lever which cuts the various sizes. You can chop slices in various sizes or rods of carrots and celery etc. I got the idea of the slices, but had to give up with the rods and decided to leave it for the morning. However, when I examined the contents of the delivery box for the invoice to pay I discovered folded up together with the post slip was a page with printed instructions. I had then already given up and decided to save it for today. Mr. Swiss had already retired, but I could not resist disturbing him to tell him there was an instruction leaflet. I am sure he slept better afterwards with the solution. Unfortunately I do not really have anything to cut at the moment. There is a built in safety piece to stop you cutting your fingers. It is not dishwasher proof, but you get a small brush with it to clear away the unwanted refuse. They really think of everything. Having dealt with this little excitement I managed to sleep well.

I had one of my usual visitors outside on the porch yesterday. This time Roschti decided to take it easy on the porch, occupying one of the chairs. He is certainly at home at my place. He has not yet visited this morning, but the other cat has.

My robin also visited yesterday as every day. He really likes to have it all for himself and waits patiently until the sparrows and other visitors have had their fill. I am now getting down to the rest of the bird food and am wondering to order a new bag or not.

Yesterday I had a late night. There was a film about the British comedian Tony Hancock. He died many years ago, but I really loved his humour. He seemed to have problems with his life, involving alcohol and depression and eventually took his own life, but left behind a plethora of funny episodes. The Blood Donor was one of the best. Here is a small part, the rest is half an hour and you can find it on YouTube

And now I am off for the usual Friday routine. The week-end is just round the corner, so enjoy it.

Good Morning

I was later this morning. I did not have such a comfortable night, and had a few problems with my MS medicine, I think I might still have a delayed reaction to me vaccination this week. I could not rise from the bed, ,just did not have the strength to do it. With a little pull and push from Mr. Swiss I eventually managed to stand in an upright position and am now making efforts to carry on as usual. Today is also fresh linen day on the bed which does not help very much. Everything has a good side and I had a wonderful sunrise to welcome me. It would be good if the sun stayed today but it seems that a little rain will be on its was in the afternoon. Yesterday was a little dull and dismal so I stayed at home with a book.

The birds kept me company outside and Mr. Robin was again making the most of it.

He realls seems to have adopted my garden and I often find him outside, but always alone.

In the morning I baked my daily bread. This time it was a brown bread, I am not sure if I will baking one today. I am still thinking about it.

Actually I was going to skip my contribution this morning but it will be a short one. I might call back later if I have the energy.

Good Morning

A bit of a nip in the air today, but up to now no rain, although I think there might be a couple of drops later. As I am not going anywhere or have any plans, so no problem. The view is nice and clear towards the south. Mr. Swiss had his vaccination yesterday. Switzerland has now received material, enough to cover the golden oldies like myself. I will be having my jab on Monday afternoon and then we both wait for the second jab at the end of March. By coincidence we will be having it on the same day, although different times. You have to go when they call you up and cannot play with the time. I met one of my golden oldie neighbours yesterday and he said he will be going for his first jab next Friday, so things are moving along at last. We have the Pfizer vaccine which I believe originates in the States, although we are getting it via Germany. Mr. Swiss was feeling quite tired after a couple of hours and so he was off to an early night. He slept well and everything is now back to normal. He managed to get to the vaccine place and back with no difficulty with his scooter. However, he had forgotten to take his stick with him, which he needs for support when walking around. This was no problem, and the guy at the center fetched a wheelchair for him. He said he felt like a VIP as he was pushed around at leisure and brought to his scooter outside, in the wheelchair. Everyone was very helpful

This morning was a cat visiting day for their usual tasty bits. Roschti sits patiently outside waiting for his treats.

However this cat is getting more adventurous every day and enters the appartment in the morning. This morning she decided to explore the kitchen and jumped up on the surface where I have my meat slowly thawing out from the freezer. I ventured to give her an ear cribble and stroke over her head and she was quite happy, waiting for more. She took a stroll around and eventually took up her position outside for a few treats. I had 3 cats for 18 years and the last one left last year for her 10th life, so I love to see my visitors, although they actually own a couple of my neighbours.

Here is a photo of one of the storks that arrived last week from wherrver they go to in Winter I think ours are not so adventurous and are usually in Spain or North Africa, She might even be already sitting on an egg waiting for the first new arrival, We have a couple of these towers in the neighbourhood and I think they were originally for something electric, but no longer used, so the storks have taken them over. This one is just outside one of the high schools. It is apparently annoying when they make a nest on chimey stacks as removing the tons of material can be a problem in Winter.

The surrounding fields are quite bare at the moment, but it will not be long before the farmers begin to plant the crops and some life returns to the area. The trees are still quite bare, but there will probably be an explosion of new green leaves soon.

And I am now off to some housewife chores, just a little bit of tidying up. I was eating peanuts again in the living room yesterday evening whilst reading and they do tend to spread and multiply on the floor although my trusty Dyson vacuum cleaner will quickly remove them. Have a good day, may the sun shine somewhere, otherwise just be patient. Eventually it will appear. Even snow has its pretty moments.

I pass this house every time I wheel off along the road. It has such interesting trees in the garden.

Good Morning

This morning looks exactly like yesterday morning, so another pleasant day in my neck of the woods. I am really stressed for time this morning. The cleaning lady was here, I cleaned all my widows as I noticed during the Winter months a yellow layer had collected on them whieh was not so noticeable, espeially the kitchen from cooking and otherwise. They are now spotlessly clean at last. I just do not like dirty windows. Afterwarrds my online shopping arrived. This time it was a young lady chauffeur for a change and she told me she only started this week. She was very nice and did her job well.

I fully loaded the battery of my wheelchair during the night, so yesterday I was up and away to the local farm. It has been a long while and I was wondering if I would find any animals.

Of course I did and it seems the goose population as increased considerably. They had made themselves comfortable and greeted me with a chorus of goose noises. I discovered they are very loud creatures but some of them still managed to sleep.

I suppose if you have enough feathers to bury your head into, you do not hear the noise so much, although this one was still keeping an eye on things.

It was wonderful to get out into the fresh air again, although is some parts it did not smell so fresh. I do not know what type of muck the farmer was spreading, but it had quite a strong smell.

The alps were not showing themselves this time, so I just got the view of our village and in the background the hills of Kanton Bern.

And now I must go, dinner is cooking, I am a little late and have a few things to deal with. Even Mr. Swiss had to step in and help in the kitchen this morning. I had a few things to vacuum for the freezer and go down in the cellar. Have a good day everyone. Am not sure if I will be back, I should go into town this afternoon as I have a few things to get, and want to make the most of the good weather. Have a good day.

Good Morning

It was a misty morning, but then I saw the magpie singing his little/big heart out at the top of the tree and decided the sun was most probably on its way.

And a few minutes later it had fought its way through the clouds. Here I am now with my breakfast, the computer and some lovely classical music in the background. What more could one wish for. Even Mr. Swiss has already stopped hugging the bed. Spring really must be arriving slowly but surely. I have no great plans today, although pehaps I might venture into the wide world, although I should charge up the battery on my wheelchair. It must be at least 2-3 months since I last used it. I was using my scooter more, although not so often. I discovered that Winter is no season for going anywhere. When I gave up my car I thought I could nmanage through the Winter months to the store which is only one bus stop away, However the theory did not work and I gradually got into the routine of online food delivery. Although the snow is a disturbance, I did not realise how cold it can get. Anyhow I have survived and now to get ready for the outside life again.

I will also have to adapt my bread baking life. I usuall make the pastry in the morning and let it rise, to bake it mid afterrnoon which does nicely for the evening meal. However, when I want to resume my outdoor life again when the weather improves, I will not have the time. I have now discovered that you can make the pastry in the evening and put it in the fridge all night, which it will rise slowly and should be ready in the morning when I stop hugging the bed to bake, meaning that I will have frresh bread already in the morning. At least that is the theory that many web sites on the computer are telling me, and now I have to put it into practice.

This is my yesterday’s half white bread I baked to eat with our chilli. There was enough for my breakfast this morning. Does anyone have experience with bread pastry raising overnight in the fridge. I think it will work and it would really save me a lot of time.

My robin is still around, but likes to keep the distance. I notice that the birds are slowly adapting to the better weather and probably when Spring arrives they will no longer be visiting so much.

The blue tit still arrives to have a peck at the seed supply embedded in the coconut shell.

I had another TV evening yesterday beginning with a quiz programme on the BBC TV. Mr. Swiss got interested, but I found it rather stupid and wonder how it could really be classed as entertainment. I quite like the quizes when the questions are interesting and interlligence, but yesterday it was a matter of a framework full of coloured balls that would eventually fall when I silly question was answered and land in a place where you either win thousands (the green balls) or lose thousands (the red balls) and the people were clapping and cheering or moaning – if it was genuine and not play back. Eventually Mr. Swiss disappeared to the bed and I was left with the TV for myself. I was left with an Italian detective series with inspector Montalbano taking place in a fictitious town in Sicily. It was completely in Italian (with a little bit of Sicilian) with english subtitles. I found it really good, especially as it was a chance to freshen up my Italian (with a glance at the subtitles in between). Such is the life of an Angloswiss in isolation watching British TV in Switzerland.

And that was my daily excitement yesterday. I now have today’s chores to deal with, lunch to cook (no big deal – a veal stew) and perhaps a cake baking session this afternoon. So enjoy your Sunday with all the trimmings and may the Covid stay away.

Good Morning

I was outside looking for a few photo chances, but there was nothing new and then I saw this little finch (at least I think it is a finch) sitting on a tree opposite, so here he is. At the moment it is still very cold but I suddenly saw some isolated snow flakes which are slowly increasing, so perhaps it will become a snowy day.

This little sparrow even crept up to the window to see what I was doing in the kitchen.

This little guy also arrived at the window. I opened it to give him a few tit bits and that was an invitation to enter so here he is sitting inside waiting for some attention.

The robin also put in an appearance, but did not stay long. It was just making an examination of the food situation.

And this blackbird arrived yesterday. At the moment I seem to be getting quite a selection of bird wildlife. It is so cold and they are sure of some food.

I will be spending another day at home today. Sometimes I like to go into town on Saturday afternoon, but it is just too cold at the moment. I will be busy composing my shopping list for the next online delivery on Tuesday. My computer expert arrived yesterday and took my computer with him. I hardly recognised him as he was masked. He said he has to be careful as his job is mainly in visiting others with their computer problems.

I was again watching the cooking programme from France yesterday, the last one in the series. Now I have to apply my new found knowledge on cooking for the family. It seems to me that the French love to smother their food in plenty of garlic, pepper from the mill and of course a touch of this and that. I am also a lover of garlic, but usually crush it with my garlic press. It seems the professional cooks do it with a forceful punch from the hand. I am not sure if I can do that so well.

After my many bread baking sessions I have noticed that I should really get around to cleaning my oven. You have to bake the bread at such a high temperature that it does seem to leave its marks on the oven.

And now time to go as I like to get an earlier start on Saturday. Have a good day everyone, and enjoy the week-end. See you later.

Good Morning

Really nothing special compared to yesterday’s wonderful sunrise. The clouds have returned although luckily the rain has not returned although I do not plan on any expeditions into the unknown today. My week-end groceries will be delivered this morning. I have already received the confirmation of what is arriving and it is complete, so what could be better. When I think of the days when I had to go myself in the afternoon choosing and picking and spending time. Having to do your shopping with a walker is not very efficient and takes time. Now it is brought to my door and sometimes into the appartment entrance and it is all with no extra costs involved. Into the bargain I am also avoiding contact with too many people which is important in our pandemic ridden days.

Switzerland really seems to be a small forgotten corner in this Covid infected world.Our vaccination material is in short supply but it has been confirmed that in summer everyone will get their jabs, so let us wait and see.

I passed my time yesterday with baking yet another bread. This time with semi white flour which is Mr. Swiss favourite, although I prefer brown flour. Now there is a bread baking pause until next Monday as we do not need so much bread through the week-end and I always order a ready prepared Platt bread that I can finish baking myself. It only needs 10 minutes in the oven. I am quite proud of the progress I have made with my bread baking. It really does not need a lot of time to make the pastry in my super kitchen mixer and the rest is just waiting until it has risen. The appartment even smells like a bakers in the morning.

The sparrows are still appearing at the laid table outside, but there are not so many at the moment. They probably feel that Spring is now just around the corner. Our weather is no longer as cold as it was. My birds do seem to have got a little rounder and fatter during the Winter.

It is mainly the sparrows that arrive, but now and again a blue tit will appear, keeping the distance from the others. The tits mainly only eat from the bird house.

I was updating my Apple computer this morning with a new programme. Luckily I have two computers so have been working on my windows machine. They are both in good working order so there is no problem, but in the meanwhile my Mac is finished with the new version. Our computer guy says he does not often have people that work on both types of computer. I have got used to both of them and have no problem with either.

And now it is time to move on, a little bit of cleaning, a little bit of cooking and a lot of ironing from yesterdays bed linen wash, but what else can I do all day. Have a good day everybody.

I thought I would bring a little music into the day after watching a film on the BBC TV centered in a senior home for retired opera singers and musicians. The quartett from Rigoletto featured as one of the main arias which refreshed my memory of my teenage years of listening to operas and also visiting an opera in my London years, mainly Sadlers Wells theatre. So here it is, my apologies to the non opera fans.

Good Morning

Looks like a dismal morning. It rained again through the night and will probably continue during the day. Not so much happening yesterday, a generally dull day. I was at home all day. The only excitement are the birds gathering outside.

Even they are not doing anything special, It all revolved on food for them. I was listening to the news and decided how lucky some countries are. We might not be getting our vaccines fast enough, but there is enough food to eat in the stores, the supply chain is functioning and we can stay in isolation at home and do not have to worry about starvation. One of our main problems is getting the Covid jab, perhaps it is rolling out too slowly for our tastes. There have even been some bad words spoken between Europe and Britain about the development. I think it has to do with being EU or not. Perhaps we forget there are some countries in the world, that have no chance of a vaccination: supplies are scarce or do not exist and hospital care is almost non-existent, only available for the better situated that can afford it.

Our birds do not have to worry so much about where the next seed is coming from and mine seem to be putting on weight.

I will probably be baking a cake this afternoon to break up the monotony. I have some oranges which are not getting younger so I should use them for something: probably an orange cake. Otherwise food supplies are organised for the next week so I can take it easy.

I was watching the British TV yesterday afternoon. they were highlighting a British conedy series “Dad’s Army”. It is built around the war efforts the Brits were making in the so-called home guard. The men too old or not fit enough to be soldiers in the second world war. They were organised to defend England in the case of an invasion, but with a light hearted approach. The interesting thing was that the actors playing the roles of the men were quite well known for me. It was first shown on the BBC in the seventies when I was settling in in Switzerland with family and my main TV programmes were Swiss, German or Austrian at the time. I am now catching up and must say it is quite a good series and good to see those actors. The sad thing is that there is actually now only one that lives, the youngest in the group. I remember we did have a home guard in England. My mother was organised to do so called “fire watching” in her factory, where she worked as a Hoffmann presser on the machines that prepared the garments made in the tailoring trade with the large steam presses. She would have to stay in the factory all night, with just a night watchman, and if there was an air raid she would have to report it to the local authorities if it began to burn. Her bad luck was that she was in the factory of one of the worst nights of attacks and the bombs were falling everywhere. She got back home in the morning and her mother (my grandmother) decided enough was enough. The next time she kept my mother at home when she had duty with the result that the police called. My grandmother told them they could strike her daughter from the list. She is still shaking from the effects and her brother was already a German prisoner of war since a year. The police apologised and struck my mum from the list. My grandfather was then at home, but he was not in the home guard. He was working in the one of the factories making bombs for the army at the Arsenal. Yes times were different in the last war.

And now I should go, it is Sunday and there is a dinner to be prepared and a few other tasks to deal with. I wish you all a relaxed Sunday and hope all goes well on your side of the world. Take care and all that jazz. You know by now how to do it.