33 thoughts on “Friday flowers

      • NZ is the one continent/place I am warning everybody of – to NEVER buy me an airplane ticket, and IF they do, not to bother with a return flight…. ๐Ÿ™‚
        This is where I’d REALLY want to go once in my life – I’ve heard so much of your glorious natural beauty, of the gentleness of people, but nobody ever offered Hero Husband or me a job…. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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        • I’d love to say that NZ is paradise, but in reality the natural beauty is being sold daily to the highest bidder, our waterways are increasingly polluted so we can raise dairy cows and there are so many tourists that the infrastructure can’t cope. Meanwhile homelessness and poverty are growing domestic violence is rife and we have the highest teen suicide rate in the world. My parents emigrated here in the 1960s and it was one of the most egalitarian countries in the world. Now it is amongst the most unequal. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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          • That’s sad news (to me…). OK, so I won’t save for a one-way-ticket any longer!
            On a more serious note: Isn’t that really terrible? It seems we can’t go anywhere any longer and ‘all is well’…. and I DID read about your terribly high suicide rate for teens and I couldn’t believe it. Maybe we will be happier just moving back to Switzerland once we have sold our house?! I read that Zurich (where we will have to move to as it is Hero Husband’s new working place) is the second best City for its Quality of Living….. sounds OK-ish, doesn’t it?!
            PS: And Auckland is third…!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰


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          • The Merced rankings are really interesting. They are focused on expatriate living, and produced for corporates. I guess if youโ€™re in well-paid work (especially with an overseas-calculated salary) Auckland would be a fantastic place to live.Except for the traffic maybe. ๐Ÿ˜
            On a more positive mote, I hope that you will feel happier living in Zurich. Living in a place is about so much more than the kind of amenities Mercer measures โ€” like friendships and kin.

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          • Zรผrich is my home-city but I would much prefer to live in the French spoken part of Switzerland. But we mustn’t grumble….. Anywhere really would be alright. Zรผrich to me is already a tad too ‘business-like’. But in the end it’s always what WE make of everything. Mind over matter etc…. as you said so rightly. I have some of my family in the greater Zurich region, so that’s fine. And we have excellent transport systems. Everywhere!


      • Your rhododendrons remind me a growth area – because I think it was 07ish – my friend and I were walking through her neighborhood after a meal (two couples – only time we have ever taken a walk together – ha) and these old ranch style homes had nice landscaping and she was naming plants – and it was all Greek to me (or Latin actually) and it was the first time I heard rhododendrons! Sheltered maybe – but fast forward to now and while I am not a master Gardener and never will be – I felt so much more in the know m! Funny what a decade can bring forth!

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