At the moment we are having voting for our local politicians and of course they all have posters showing their laughing faces. I saw this one today on the way into town (name and party obliterated by me). He is really having a good laugh. I hope that our bear next to his photo does not bring the axe down on him.RDP Wednesday: Laughter
A bit of this and that this morning. Difficult to say if the sun might arrive, or it will stay cloudy and perhaps more rain. It was damp outside this morning as it had rained a little during the night. For those that might have noticed there was no good morning yesterday, but various things cropped up. I had a problem with my freezer in the kitchen. It is in my fridge combination and I use it for stuff I need in the kitchen. I have a large chest freezer in the cellar for the big stuff. As I pulled out the top drawer the freezing element lost contact with its holder and I could not fix it again. The freezer was functioning, but it really needed defrosting first of all. It was also cleaning lady day, and I had so much to organise, that my computer had to take the back row. I also got had a delivery from the supermarket to sort etc. etc.I had a defrosting freezer and a couple of meat supplies to vaccum and freeze and everything got a little too much.
However, Lucia the cleaning lady to the rescue. She is so practical, took a look at the freezer and realised the problem immediately. It was almost finished defrosting, she cleared away the ice and water and had a look. Discovered that the holders of the top freezing element had lost contact and fixed it for me with the help of a piece of wood and now it is working perfectly. In between she cleaned my shower and bathroom. This lady is really a pearl and a good support. She has also had an interesting life, from Columbia to Switzerland, and has written a book of her life. It is in German, but there might be an english version. It has not yet been published.
In the meanwhile we thought about buying a new fridge and freezer combination for the kitchen. I contacted the guy which has organised a few things for our kitchen (diswasher, oven and microwave). I got an offer yesterday, but was not very happy with it. I am wondering if it is a gold plated version judging by the cost, so have decided to wait a while as long as what I have is functioning OK. I had a look around in internet and found a few less expensive versions so will take my time.
Look who arrived again yesterday. I have to be so quick to get a photo. Here he was preparing to fly off after grabbing the choice of the day. He leaves the walnuts to the crows I think. The have bigger beaks and know how to crack them open.
As I no longer have bird visitors due to no further food supplies, the insects are slowly taking over in my photo choice. the bees are slowly occupying my insect hotel and squeeze their plump little bodies inside. As you can see after they move in they block the entrance and live in self chosen isolation. Apparently they are searching for a comfortable nesting place so perhaps I will be getting baby bees eventually.
I had another visitor and discovered the neighbour’s cat Roschti who had made himself comfortable on one of the outside chairs on the porch for a slelep. He is no problem and now and again I give him a supplement to his diet.
And that was my adventurous day. Mr. Swiss had to pay a visit to the dentist in the afternoon and I stayed at home. If the weather improves today I might venture out later. at the moment it is quite cold. It all depends on the rain staying away.
Have a good day everyone, take care and may the dreaded covid stay away. Glad to say that the cases in our country have decreased somewhat and we are now approaching the amount of 20% of the population that have been vaccinated.
The blue cloud in my gardenFOTD 4th May 2021: Forget-me-not
Some windows are more difficult to clean than others.RDP Tuesday: Cleanser
Our lilac tree seems to be getting somewhere and has decided to open some of the blooms. It can only get better.FOTD 3rd May 2021: Lilac
Can you see him on the right. There is always one Swiss soldier that has to take a quick glimpse to the other side.RDP Monday: Glimpse
A misty morning, but no surprise after all that rain we had. There is a damp air, although in the meanwhile the sun is poking through. I also found it quite cooled down yesterday and our weather prophets have even said there will be snowfall on the higher slopes of the local mountains this week, but so far it does not look so bad. I am not sure what I am doing this week. I stay at home today and usually go into town on Tuesday afternoon since Winter has left us. I might postpone Tuesday afternoon to another time if the weather is not scooter or wheelchair friendly.
These birds visited over the week-end and this morning there has not been one single flying visitor. There is no food left and so they have moved on and busy on a worm search I suppose.
So what did I do yesterday. Not very much. Just sat around with my computer and camera taking views of the remaining birds from the Window.
As you can see there is a good view of the bird house and my herb bed with a few bits and pieces from the kitchen window. The wheelchair is useful for sitting on and roaming around in the garden for both me and Mr. Swiss, but it is one you have to push around yourself with the wheels, or have someone to push you. We have now ordered new chairs for outside as after 20 years in the cold and damp they have begun to be a little shaky and no longer so stable. In the summer months I am generally more outside than inside.
And that is all I have to say this morning. I am now on my way with some housewife chores and the trimmings. Stay safe and have a good week.
It is amazing what can appear outside on the porche between the paving stones. A seed does not need a lot of room, it spreads out a few roots and before you know it, you have a plant. Admitted that some plants are not planned, they just happen. I can assure you that this hemp or cannabis, or whatever, was not planned but it found its way. I can blame it on the birds and their various mixtures of seed. Although it looks like and smells like “weed” I would not try to smoke this sort as it would not meet the customer’s needs. I just let is grow. It looks quite attractive next to the table leg outside. I am not sure if it is the male or female variety. That will be seen if and when flowers and seeds appear. Me? no thanks. I do not smoke and have no interest.FOTD 2nd May 2021: Hemp
I should really do the ironing
and the oven needs a clean
The windows are so dirty
But I am not so keen
Am not in the mood for working
It is really such a pain
I would go for a walk
But I’m sure it’s going to rain
Time to have a midday sleep
It might all go away
Why rush, I need a rest
Tomorrow is another day
And another damp day dawns, although who cares about the rain. I am not going anywhere and have no special chores to deal with. Actually it would be time again to clean the oven. I am thinking about it, but the actions have not yet arrived.
Bird life continues at the feeding stations, although there is nothing very much left, but they stay adament to the last crumb of nuts. There is quite a crush at the food pods, and there is always one bird waiting for a space. I really do not have anything left for them and they are now on their own. I could order another packet. It only contains three pods, but they devour that within a week. Yesterday I planted some daffodil bulbs in my garden as they were in a bowl that had finished flowering and discovered two nice fleshy worms in the garden bed, so I do not think they will die a hunger death if they bother to dig aroiund.
As I do not go anywhere I will probably not have so many photos to show in future.
I had the usual boring day yesterday: a little TV which had nothing worth watching. They seem to show the same films all the time. I was busy composing a new order for the weekly groceries online. Otherwise a little bit of reading and emptying the washing machine and hanging the wash. In the meanwhile son No. 2 is on the phone so we are busy catching up on the news from Schaffhausen. I am glad to say that all is well. My son has had his Covid jab, and the daughter-in-law gets hers next week.
Keep safe everyone, have a good Sunday.