March 2020 archive

Greetings !

We hope you’re all well.

So are we, coping with this new life, like everyone else.

Luckily, Patrik doesn’t show any symptoms of a cold, so his guest room time will be over today. He’ll still be working from home, though.

I’m glad that our company is still open and functioning. Although, with less people. Many have to stay at home, since they belong to the high risk group. That means not enough people in some productions departments.

Since our office is pretty quiet at the moment, I offered to help out wherever needed. So last week I worked at the cable confection. Instead of approx. 10 people they are reduced to 2-3, trying hard to keep up the production.

I enjoy working there. Despite the crisis, people are in good spirit and we do have a good laugh every now and then. Plus I learn a lot, how things are done! A win-win situation, indeed!

Igor from Albenga, Italy, told Patrik about his and Donatella’s last grocery shopping. Apparently, some people haven’t lost their humour and are creative. Look at the cheese they’ve found *hahaha*

Besides all this Corona influenced situation, nature’s wildlife continues, as usual: Birds are building their nests, collecting small branches, moss and hay  – Odin’s winter hair as well – in order to make it as warm and comfy as possible for their little ones.

A week ago I’ve heard martens on our roof. Chasing each other and playing, I suppose. Well, as long as they stay outside, I’m happy for them!

Yesterday, Patrik and I went grocery shopping for my parents. Finally they agreed, that maybe they should take our offer and let us do that for them. It was quite awkward, leaving the shopping at their front door and only talk to my mum, from the distance, when she opened a window. No aperitif as we would have done normally….

Afterwards, I called Pascale, our friend in Luxembourg. It was her birthday and of course, she also had to stay at home, no dinner in a nice restaurant for her. Well, we clinked our glasses through Whatsapp!

All right, that’s all for now. We wish you all the best and stay safe!

The Madness Continues…

Well, last Saturday, the Swiss border allowed Patrik to enter the country, after his skiing holiday in Austria!

However, he wasn’t allowed into our bedroom…. We’ve made that decision as a precaution after we’d said “hello” (with the necessary distance, of course). We’ll keep it like that for another week, so it’s a bit of a strange situation at home, saying good morning and good night without a kiss or a hug. I think Odin also looks a little bit confused…

It might sound ridiculous and I never thought we would go that far. But as everyone knows, the situation changes continuously, so better safe than sorry, right!?

The irony is, while he was in Austria, I actually sent him a WhatsApp (as a joke) that he would find his sleeping bag and food for two weeks in our basement… *hahaha*

His Swedish friend Lasse, who he’d spent the week with, had a worrying moment on his drive home. Suddenly the news said that Denmark had closed its borders, so how should Lasse get to Sweden? In the end, transit was allowed and he arrived at home on Sunday evening.

Since Monday all schools, non-food shops, restaurants, bars, gyms, hairdressers….you name it, are closed! Only grocery shops and pharmacies are open! And people a going nuts, by doing panic buying (especially toilet paper….God knows why….?!).

And in some shops, even fresh food is sold out, ridiculously enough! I mean how long can you keep fruits, vegetables and salad fresh? There will be tons of food waste, I’m sure of it and it makes me so angry!

Anyway, since Tuesday Patrik is doing home office. Not only him, though, but the whole company is shut down until April 03rd.

I’m wondering how long we, in my company, are allowed to go to work…. hmmm, so far, so good – finger’s crossed!

On Wednesday evening I was greeted not only by Patrik, but a beautiful flower bouquet! He had to go somewhere during the day and saw a flower shop which had placed a trailer filled with flowers and a sign saying “For Free”.

That was a lovely gesture, instead of throwing away all the innocent plants! (And of Patrik of course, by thinking of me 😉)

This evening we actually wanted to meet our friends M&M’s….. Well, we agreed to skip it for now and will find another date instead….that’s really sad!

At least the weather is wonderful and “spring-ish”. So everyone who’s is forced to be home, can at least enjoy a nice promenade – certainly alone or with the appropriate distance – or do some gardening!

But hey, you know what? I believe we have a silent winner here: The environment and the wildlife!

Suddenly, people are doing home office, travelling less, cancelling journeys and holidays. This means less flights, less cars, generally less traffic, which causes less pollution. Plus ski resorts for example have been closed down recently, so finally animals – who’s natural habitat are the mountains – have their peace and quiet back. I bet they appreciate it a lot!

And have you seen the pictures and YouTube videos from Venice and Cagliari in Italy? The canals are suddenly clear and with fishes in it. And dolphins are visiting the harbours and its surroundings! Clearly they appreciate having their habitat back for themselfes. Fantastic!

So that’s the other side of the coin, a bit after Monty Pythons’s saying: Always look at the bright side of life 😊

 

Skiing holiday in Austria

As Diana wrote in her last post. Me and my friend Lasse had planed our yearly skiing holiday in Austria for last week.

A really nice apartment was booked, big but for a good price. As we been there last year and found it great we booked it again. It is an apartment with 3 double bedrooms so no problem to be 6 persons really.

On the other hand it is nice with some space too.

I left home approx. 09:00, Saturday 7th and estimated a 5 hours drive to Kaprun in the Austrian, State of Salzburg. The weather was just perfect when leaving home with  blue sky and 3-4 degree plus.

I was just hopping that the traffic played on my side with no traffic jams. Normal when arriving Austria you can have traffic jam for 20 – 30 km but this time it was perfect and I could keep a good pace.

The weather became a little worse in the western part of Austria. Until I passed Arlberg tunnel (St Anton) with some light snow. After the tunnel it cleared up really nice with quite some clouds but some sun in between too. Durring the whole trip almost no traffic was on the streets. Ok it is in the end of season and I found it great to drive.

I arrived as planned approx. 14:00 with Lasse just behind me with a few seconds.

We was greeted by the house owners. Friendly and welcoming as last time. As we been there befor it went really quick to move in.

As soon as this was done we drove to the shops to proviant food, beer and wine.

When back at the apartment we had a deserved whiskey and a beer and start planning our week.

Where to ski. We could choose between Zell am See, Schmitten and Kaprun. Zell am See have more people. Last year the snow was so wet that is was like water skiing which are to dangerous we think. Then Schmitten is really wonderful and have nice slops and there they have a really nice restaurant too. But it is as well at a lower altitude.

In the end we went for the Kapruns slops to start with.

You are skiing at 3000 meters altitude down to 2000 meter. Which means the snow will be great even on a sunny warm day.

As it was the first day of skiing we though this would be a good warm up day. Blue sky and 6 degree warm at 3000 meter. Hard to think about a better start.

After the first day we went over to Schmitten where we where more or less alone in the slopes.

In fact durring the whole week all slopes was quite empty. All school holidays was over you could clearly see.

The week went perfect with skiing until lunch after that we enjoyed the sun and a beer or two.

Weather was good most of the time with blue sky. Some light snow in the afternoon one day. The last day it was quite foggy so then we had just one run. It was to dangerous with no contrast in the snow. Without that you cannot see where you have good a slop with not much snow or ice.

I suppose no one have missed out all the talk about the corona virus and no one in Austria either.

As there was not much people in the slopes or in the lifts. In the end it was probably more safe there than go shopping.

We did have both gondollift and sitting lifts most often by ourselves. Suppose I we would be in closer contact with the corona at work.

On the last morning the Austrian government pronounced that all skiing areas, hotels and restaurants must close Monday morning. We really hoped we would be able to leave Austria.

We managed to leave in time Saturday morning and on our ways back home we were alone on the autobahns. even around Innsbruck for me and Salzburg for Lasse. The check points at the border was as well not up running yet. Was probably to early as it was totally empty on both sides of the border which was fine with me.

Let’s hope this corona virus disappear soon as it starts to be annoying for everyone. As me and Diana have planned to visit Luna Azzurra over eastern it will need to change soon. We start both of us to doubt that it will be possible. We are keeping our fingers crossed as we really would like to visit Luna Azzurra and install the new spray hood, AIS and some parts for the Swedish flag which needs to be mounted.

 

March has arrived…..

…..but the crazy weather continues! Heavy storms, rain, sunshine and snow is taking turns. I really can’t remember such extreme weather conditions….

Add the Corona virus to the craziness and suddenly you find yourself in exceptional circumstances.

End of last week the government in Switzerland banned events and activities with more than 1’000 people! Some communities had their limit up to max. 200 people…. I mean…hello?!

Football and ice hockey matches were cancelled or they had to play in empty stadiums.

People do not shake hands anymore (OK, that’s maybe reasonable), and someone coughing or blowing its nose gets the evil eye from bystanders.

Last Saturday Patrik and I were grocery shopping we suddenly we realized some empty shelfs. And as a matter of fact, after we returned home, we heard in the radio that people were hoarding food! *hmmm*

But – probably – worst of all is that the famous carnival parades in several Swiss cities have been cancelled! It’s not my thing, though, but for those who simply live for this event, it must be catastrophe!

In Winterthur for example, where we work, last Monday 02nd March was a holiday, called “Carnival Monday”. It’s a day off from work, to celebrate the big parade.

Well, off work we were, but the parade has been cancelled. Not that Patrik and I had plans to join the festivities. But anyway….

The reaction to this new Corona virus is a little too exaggerated, in my opinion. Being careful OK, but to drive oneself crazy…..?

Anyway, since Patrik and I didn’t have to work on Monday, we’d made an appointment at the vet. Odin had to get his vaccination and yearly check-up. Luckily, everything was fine!

In the afternoon, Patrik and I drove to Singen, Germany to pick-up the new sprayhood for Luna Azzurra. *yeah*

During this week some of the items we’ve had ordered, arrived for our boat, the hours hour meter for example and two storage boxes for the galley.

I also ordered the new call sign stickers. With the new registration in Sweden, we also got a different MMSI number to be used for distress signal on the VHF. It means, we have the permission for an EPIRP now.

What else? Ah yes, Patrik will be on vacation next week. He and his friend Lasse from Sweden will meet in Austria to ski! I wish them perfect winter weather and lots of fun!

I’ll be working and enjoy cosy tv-evenings with Odin!

 

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