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So long, October

8 Nov

A little later than planned (sort of like the US election results) here is what I got up to in October – a month that went by so fast I didn’t realise it had ended!

October brought the reintroduction of a recommendation from the government to work from home where possible but, despite an alarming number of cases, we have still avoided lockdown. I’ve also stopped going to the gym (I didn’t feel safe and the classes I went to have been cancelled anyway) and I decided to halt my tennis lessons with a heavy heart just to be on the safe side. Several larger get-togethers in my social circle were also cancelled which was disappointing.

Luckily I’ve had plenty of things to do with my two Masters courses now in full swing. I’ve spent most of my time with a head in a book or watching comedy series which is the best and safest place to be right now. It’s hard work but I’m enjoying it so far and learning lots.

In October I was busy making cards for little people. I made these cards for my niece and nephew for Halloween because they were disappointed not be able to go trick or treating. I’m not sure Halloween cards are even a thing but the card producers are missing a trick if they’re not.

I also went for a few autumnal walks as the weather has been mild and dry. I managed to spot a lot of weird mushrooms on my travels. I’ve never seen anything like these before and they do look good in a photograph.

It was also the time of year to visit Jucker Farm for their amazing pumpkin exhibition. The exhibition seemed to be a bit scaled down this year but the diver was my favourite. I love the colours of autumn and I’m hoping the reds, oranges, browns and yellows are with us for a good while longer!

Autumn Delights

24 Oct

I love autumn. Apart from the rising cases of Covid and my cancelled flights back home. Oh, and the dark mornings.

But apart from that I love the colours, being able to wear huge jumpers and not feeling guilty for spending the whole evening on the sofa.

I also love that it’s time for pumpkins and booted-walks in the forest.

No autumn time is complete without a trip to Jucker Farm, just outside Zurich. They have a pumpkin exhibition each year where they make huge displays from pumpkins. This year the theme was ‘Under the Sea’. This diver was my favourite.

Purchasing a pumpkin isn’t mandatory but it would be rude not to buy at least one. So we came away with a pumpkin and a butternut squash. The butternut squash was made into yummy soup and a butternut squash and feta quiche. I’m still planning what to do with the pumpkin…

On a walk to the forest recently I spotted quite a few funky fungi. So funky that I’m pretty sure they’re not edible! So I just took some photos and left them for a forest creature to nibble on!

Things I’ve learnt in September

1 Oct

As it is already October 1st, I am a bit late with this post but it did take me a while to come up with five things that I have learnt in September. However, here are five interesting things that I learnt last month.

1. There are only two dates in a year when you can set off fireworks in Switzerland without a permit.

It’s hardly surprising that pryotechnics, like lots of other activities in Switzerland, are regulated. It hadn’t occured to me before some mentioned it the other day. Perhaps this is a reason why people really do go crazy on 1st August and 31st December here. It sometimes feels like being in the middle of a war with the amount of fireworks being set off on these days but I guess people are just getting their money’s worth and saving on some paperwork.

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2. Son always grow to be taller than their mothers.

Obviously this is only valid when the son doesn’t have a genetic growth disorder or something similar and when the son has reached his maximum height and isn’t still growing. I am convinced that this is true. I have visually gone through virtually all of the men that I know and they are taller than their mothers. I am so obsessed by this that I am tempted to ask men when I first meet them, if they are taller then their mother just to gain some more evidence to support this theory. If you know of anyone who doesn’t fit this theory, please let me know!

3. It is possible to make a cake without any dairy products at all.

I have been dabbling with veganism recently. I found a recipe for a cake. This recipe doesn’t have any dairy products in it and didn’t have any vegan-friendly dairy substitutes. It was made with baking soda and fizzy water. I was expecting it to taste awful but actually it was great and didn’t last long.

4. There is more than one type of pumpkin.

I visited a pumpkin farm last week and I was surprised by how many varieties of pumpkin there are. I didn’t know that butternut squash was classed as a pumpkin. There were even some pumpkins there that looked like if you put it in water you would be able to recreate that grainy black and white photo of the Loch Ness Monster. I don’t know what time of year that photo was taken but if it was during pumpkin season then I would say that this was a good explanation for the hoax. Anyway, I wasn’t brave enough to buy a pumpkin that resembled a mythical, Scottish monster, so I bought a regular Halloween pumpkin and I am looking forward to cooking and eating it soon.

5. I’ve taken the summer for granted… again.

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The nights are already dark and the weather is getting colder and the list of things that I wanted to go this summer (mainly hiking and outdoor activities that I won’t be able to do when the snow finally comes). I always have a good intentions of having picnics, relaxing back the lake and swimming in the lake. I have only been swimming in the lake once this year, which is pretty pathetic by anyone’s standards. However, it was a glorious evening when I did go swimming so perhaps quality not quantity is the best way to look at it. It’s now too late to do anything about my summer to-do list… apart from roll over the things that I wanted to do this year to my Summer 2019 list.