Saturday, April 21, 2007

Another sunny weekend!

The weather has been absolutely incredible here for the past two weeks. Temps have been ranging from 18°C (65°F) to the 27+°C (mid-80’s F). We’ve been really lucky up to now. It does have its downside to it, though. While we enjoy this great weather BBQ-ing and sipping a cool beer on the terrace, nature is suffering because of lack of rain. There has already been a forest fire alert. Even a total ban on lighting open fires in certain cantons has been announced. You can read about it here.

I wonder if it’s going to be like the summer of 2003, or if we will at some point get a really crappy month with cool temps and rain. I remember shutting down the heating in March 2003 and switching it back on only mid-November!! Now THAT was a real hot summer!

Anyway, global warming has its plusses for us greedy sun freaks, although I am aware of nature as well. If only it could rain from 2am until 6 am and then, sunny, warm weather. Now, THAT would make me perfectly happy!

BUT… Since I can’t control the weather, for now I will just enjoy the sun, sip on my cold rosé and prepare a nice marinade for the meat that will slowly cook on our grill this evening.

On another note, TBFs will be happy to hear that the special Marygolds we got from them as a gift last year (apparently, not known in Switzerland) are blooming again. Well, not exactly. We picked the seeds from the dried pods and planted them again. Not only are they growing in our flower pot, but also Ma made sure she got a few. Now, they're growing in Switzerland AND in Holland. Last week, her's had already reached 35 cm (12 inches) while ours are only about an inch high (we were late). Will they replace the tulips at some point? Maybe not, but who knows?

This is what they looked like last year. Aren't they lovely?



And today....


I'm off to absorb some sun rays. I hope that everyone out there is having a fantastic weekend.

17 comments:

Haddock said...

Those Marigolds look excellent! The weather here in Germany is very dry as well. We haven't had any rain in a month.
2003 was a scorcher of a summer. It would be good to have a nice summer, but perhaps not quite that hot! :)

Expat Traveler said...

oh those are beautiful. If I recall that year was the year it got cold really fast and we couldn't swim in the lac too late...

But maybe that was 2002 since I had to move to basel in 2003 of Sept..

Glad the weekend has been nice. Ours has been great but I've been swimming.

I'm so tired, almost broke one record (.5 secs of) - like a blink of an eye...

Anyhow I'm considering skipping tomorrow because I just don't feel like swimming and need the rest!

Hocky mania is here!

CanadianSwiss said...

Haddock: I do hope that the marygolds will become as beautiful as they were last year.

ET: Make sure you get some rest and catch up with a good game :)

tinakala said...

Good for you, dammit. It`s cold here, it`s rainy and I hope it`s my last year in Stonia.

CanadianSwiss said...

Tina: Really?? Hmmm. That's not very fair. You're most welcome to come down to sunny Switzerland for a weekend, or so. We could do ourselves a nice BBQ!

christina said...

Those are so pretty!Do they call them "Studentenblumen" in Switzerland too? I haven't seen that colour here in Germany either. Save all the seeds from the next ones and you can sell 'em and make a fortune! :-)

Barry said...

Nice Marigolds. Its an exciting time of the year. We have veg planted and they're shooting up. Everyday they've doubled in size (maybe slight exaggeration there)!! I'm owrried the balcony will turn into a jungle of courgettes and tomatoes!

Mrs. TBF said...

Isn"t it great whenyou can enjoy something again...and with little effort? I, too, hope it will be another summer like 2003. I do recall, however, that TBF was shirtless the entire summer!

CanadianSwiss said...

Christina: I'm not sure I've hear that expression before, but it makes sense. These flowers are usually quite cheap, so that student could afford them.

If you want seeds, just let me know. We can't take plants to Canada anyway, so I might as well make sure they are well kept here in Europe ;)

Barry: I'm sure Eva will find a delicious way to turn the jungle into a feast :)

CanadianSwiss said...

Mrs. TBF: I love the marigolds and I'm so happy that they just picked up that easily. Uh, about shirtless TBF,... Is that good or bad?! ;)

Orhan Kahn said...

Such beautfiul flowers :)

Jay said...

Oooh, lucky, lucky you. That colour just screams. We've finally had some happy weather ourselves, but it felt like we skipped spring altogether, going from winter to summer in about 5 days flat. It leaves the plant life lacking in luster.

Ex-Shammickite said...

Nice marigolds, I think I'll put lots in this year.... they are such a wonderful colour. And I've been tidying up the garden and I have lots of well rotted compost so I'm looking forward to planting something nice and colourful. But not just yet, the ground is too cold, and I'm busy with Variety Show all week,.... see my blog for pics.

tinakala said...

I have to say it again. JEALOUS.

CanadianSwiss said...

Orhan: Thanks for coming by :)

Jay: We didn't have much of a spring, either. As a matter of fact, we hardly had a winter. LOL.

Ex-Shammi: If the warm weather keeps up like this, you'll be planting away.

Tina: I really hope you get your share of sunny weather soon.

Ginnie said...

That was the day we flew to NYC, CS (the 21st), and it was very warm our first couple days before it it cooled down to the 50's and 60's again. Then it rained on Friday, our last day. But here in Atlanta, we're already in drought conditions. Sigh. So I know what you mean!

BTW, Donica goes back to A'dam tomorrow, then Rome, and then comes back for the Mother's Day weekend. I go back with her to A'dam on the 14th to June 1. I always want you to know when we'll be there in case it just happens to be a time when you're there as well...as will happen one of these days, I know. Can hardly wait to meet you and Mark!

CanadianSwiss said...

Ahhh Ginnie. Just saw you're msg pop up just before I published my new post. We'll be in Holland just the week after you leave :(

But if you keep informing us, we'll find a date to meet for sure. Yes, asolutely DO keep us up to date on your travel :) Hugs, my friends.