Thursday, November 8, 2018

What Grows in a Field

Lily and Clara trying to restrain Benjamin, unsuccessfully. He took off in a 2 yr. old run. I barely caught him.
Benjamin was unrepentant, in a cute way.

In 2014 our family joined together in Switzerland to spend time with Mary and Richard McKinley and our grandson Benjamin. It was a fabulous time, just can't tell you how great it was.

John and I stayed at an AirBnB in Kӧnig, a rural area near Berne. We booked it after Mary researched it. What she did not realize at the time that this lovely place had two fairly steep gravel roads leading to the apartment, which was on the second floor.  What she did not take into account was that we were her parents in their 60s.

This farmer owned about 4 John Deere implements, all pristine. 

These gravel roads led to a farm; not just a farm but it was paradise, at least to me. We always stopped at the barn and house where an arch of old barn connected to new barn. We rested for about five minutes because we were knackered before striking out on the next hill.


A farm was complete with cows, apple trees, a garden, and wheat fields. Each day as we walked by the farm, the wheat fields were ripening. What caught me was the red among the green.

So amazing, this lone poppy was a bravely growing flower.  



This is on my sidebar.

Within the second week, we trudged up the first hill and saw that the wheat had been harvested, taking the poppy with it.

It will return next year in another place. Poppies are resilient.




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  1. Darn, I can only get the picture with the poppy. How wonderful that you found paradise after the long rough road.

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    1. The farm was a great respite. We were always heading up at milking time. I formed a bond with cow # 30274.

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  2. Me too on only getting the picture with the poppy. I guess where the poppy was growing made it a weed but such a lovely weed.

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    1. Here in California, the freeways are often lined by yellow poppies. Grow fast, anchor the soil.

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  3. I cannot see the pictures but I enjoyed the short tale.

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  4. Sorry I can't see all of the photos. That must've been quite a trek to get to your apartment. My parents are old enough that I do that those things into consideration.

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    1. I think our kids are finally realizing that we are not immortal. We are no longer 37 yrs old.

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  5. The poppy is the only photo I can see as well.
    It must have been marvellous and I completely understand why you long to go back.

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  6. To: E.C, Alex, Emma, Patti, and Arlene: Phew. Finally uploaded photos that you should be able to see. Tech. and I are in a constant battle.

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  7. What a nice trip. Too bad that the accommodations were a challenge.

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    1. the apt was charming also. The owner really loved this building, took great care.

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  8. Three out of the four missing photos have reappeared. Your grandies are very, very cute.
    No John Deere (or your husband) though.

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    1. Now they are 14, 12.5, and 6. We enjoy them so much. Will try to capture the tractor w/husband.

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    2. You succeeded. They are all there now.

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  9. No John Deere for me either but loved the adorable two year old. That farm sounds wonderful but I so understand about steep roads--especially if you have to walk them. Puff, puff.

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    1. Now, it would be impossible. Well, not impossible, but we would take 3x as long.

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  10. How beautiful. Too bad about the steep roads, though. I hope it didn't impede you too much.

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  11. Switzerland. How wondrous. So glad you got to go.

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    1. We have Benjamin's little brother, James, now to visit. We call him Jamie the Monster, 22 months old. We will return.

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  12. Great eye capturing the poppy pic.

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  13. Sure thriving alone and shall return indeed. Ready to run isn't a bad state for a 2 year old, as long as all can keep up haha

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    1. His little brother Jamie is a speed demon at almost 2 yrs. I have suggested to put a bell on him.

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  14. I think sometimes the things that bring us joy do so more intensely when we know how fleeting they are.

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    1. Well stated. This condensed the moment concisely.

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  15. What a great and challenging time it must have been!

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    1. We had such adventures together. It was a marvelous visit.

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  16. What cute grandchildren you have and I bet you can’t wait to return to see them again next summer. When children move away it is always better that they go to someplace that is beautiful to visit.

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    1. Lily and Clara are very close to us. Benjamin and now little brother Jamie the Monster live in Switzerland. We are fortunate we can see then once a year.

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  17. Nice shot of the lone flower.

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    1. It was a lucky shot, one of those serendipity moments,

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  18. So no one should be concerned if poppy seeds turn up in their wheat bread?

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    1. Not really. They wither into nothing and don't affect the wheat crop and don't transfer to grains.

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  19. Sounds like a wonderful place where you stayed. I've long had fantasies about living or at least staying on a farm. My wife doesn't have that same interest so if I ever do it then my stay would likely be on my own.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Having grown up on a farm, walking through this arch will be a memory I will enjoy. There are B&B on farms; not as rustic but still a farm experience.

      Living on a farm is a different matter.

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  20. I'd love to visit Switzerland someday. I've never been off the continent. The poppy is a fitting image for this time of year.

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    1. That is exactly what I have planned.

      You will never regret taking that leap. You will regret that you didn't.

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  21. In one of your comments you mentioned poppies by the roadside. I remember those when Jilda and I were in California.
    I also remember the smell of dill growing by the side of the road.
    I love the sights and smells of California.

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    1. Dill is a stubborn perennial. The smell of sage brush is amazing after a rare rain.

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  22. Hello, your grandson is a cutie! The trip to Switzerland to visit family sounds great. It is a beautiful country, hubby and I were there in 1992. The red poppy is a beautiful symbol of remembrance. Have a happy day and a great new week ahead! PS, thanks for leaving me a comment too.

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    1. I enjoyed your site, and look forward to visiting it!

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  23. Aww your grandson is cute. My grandson is 5 so I know all about that energy they have.

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    1. Exhausting. They run so fast. Jamie is almost 2 and he is a climber, too.

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  24. The photo of your grandson is very nice. The John Deere looks brand new. I'm glad you enjoyed Switzerland, it's a beautiful place. Nice photo of the flower, I love it.
    Have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by my blog.

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    1. My father was a John Deere farmer through and through. His never looked pristine like this, but the Swiss are particular.

      Lone red against a field of green--cant' beat that.

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  25. Thank you for sharing the cutest image of your grand children:)

    They made me smile!

    How beautiful to get together with your family in such a GLORIOUS area dear Susan!

    Farm revealed the true essence of name you gave to it "paradise "

    Ah ripening wheat crop reminds me of childhood days when I used to run in such lashing fields.
    Hope you will visit the area whenewhenever you want to recharge your soul with serenity of Nature

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    1. Running through the fields. I loved that adventure.

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  26. Hi Susan - how very fortunate you could get across to see your family and the little Benjamin - gosh don't they run fast. Love the photo of the lone poppy - appropriate for Remembrance Day and the end of WW1 ... Cheers Hilary

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    1. It is a memory of the Swiss farmer's field. And his cows! They always in like to get milked about the time we were trudging. #03456 and I formed a bond.

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