Bern Switzerland

Bern Switzerland

What do bears, chocolate and Albert Einstein all have in common? Bern, Switzerland. This extraordinarily beautiful city, which happens to be the capital of Switzerland, is famous for Swiss chocolate, a bear park, and the Albert Einstein museum. It was here, in Bern, that Einstein worked out his theory of relativity, so it’s fitting that the city has a museum dedicated to one of the most important figures of the 20th Century.

This 5-minute personal video is a beautiful portrait of Bern. Here’s a 1-minute video featuring the top 10 things to do in Bern. Here’s a wonderful 3-minute video featuring parts of Old Town Bern, the famous Zytglogge clock and the bears.

FunFacts about Bern Switzerland (Source)   

  • Basic Information, quote: Bern or Berne is the de facto capital of Switzerland, referred to by the Swiss as their Bundesstadt, or “federal city”. With a population of 142,656 (March 2018), Bern is the fourth-most populous city in Switzerland. Bern is also the capital of the canton of Bern, the second-most populous of Switzerland’s cantons. The official language in Bern is (the Swiss variety of Standard) German, but the most-spoken language is an Alemannic Swiss German dialect, Bernese German. (Source)
  • Historic Old Town Bern is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Bern lies on the Swiss Plateau almost in the center of Switzerland.
  • The city was originally built on a peninsula surrounded on three sides by the River Aare. This created a very protected environment and now constitutes Old Town Bern.
  • Bern is located 12 miles or 20 kilometers north of the Bernese Alps.
  • Officially, Bern has a temperate Oceanic climate.
  • 34% of the residents of Bern are foreign nationals.
  • Albert Einstein worked out his theory of relativity while living in Bern.
  • Bern is nicknamed the ‘city of fountains’ because if its 100 fountains.
  • The Bern clock tower is one of the most famous in the world. It’s called the Zytglogge. Basic information, quote: The Zytglogge is a landmark medieval tower in Bern, Switzerland. Built in the early 13th century, it has served the city as guard tower, prison, clock tower, centre of urban life and civic memorial. Despite the many redecorations and renovations it has undergone in its 800 years of existence, the Zytglogge is one of Bern’s most recognizable symbols and, with its 15th-century astronomical clock, a major tourist attraction. (Source)

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Artichokes

Artichokes

Do you remember the gardens you visited as a child? Maybe your grandmother’s vegetable garden or a neighbor’s? Growing up in rural Northern California, one of our neighbors had the most beautiful vegetable garden. Even though I was a young child when I would meander through it, somewhere under nine-years of age, I can recall being so impressed with how tidy, well-tended and organized this garden was. In this garden were artichokes and the plants themselves amazed me because of their size — up to six feet across — with fascinating jagged leaves. What garden made an impression on you as a kid?

If you like artichokes and ribeye steak, your mouth will be watering at Gordon Ramsey’s two-minute video! Here’s a 4-minute video on 10 Reasons to Grow Artichokes. Here’s a 1-minute video recipe for making artichoke-spinach pasta. Finally, here’s a terrific blog with all the ins and outs of planting and growing artichokes.

FunFacts about Artichokes (Source) (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: The globe artichoke (Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus) is a variety of a species of thistle cultivated as a food. The edible portion of the plant consists of the flower buds before the flowers come into bloom. The budding artichoke flower-head is a cluster of many budding small flowers (an inflorescence), together with many bracts, on an edible base. Once the buds bloom, the structure changes to a coarse, barely edible form. Another variety of the same species is the cardoon, a perennial plant native to the Mediterranean region. Both wild forms and cultivated varieties (cultivars) exist. (Source)
  • The artichoke is a thistle. Technically, it’s a flower bud that hasn’t bloomed yet.
  • In the 1500s, the Dutch introduced artichokes to England.
  • The artichoke plant can grow anywhere from 4 to 6 feet (1.4 to 2 m) and will produce about 20 artichokes a year.
  • The artichoke is very easy to propagate.
  • The artichoke wasn’t grown in the US until the 20th Century. 
  • The artichoke’s big claim to fame: In 1947 Norma Jean was crowned Castroville’s First Artichoke Queen. She later became famous as Marilyn Monroe.
  • The Italians make a liqueur called Cynar and the artichoke is its primary flavor.
  • The Greeks and Romans considered the artichoke an aphrodisiac.
  • The top artichoke producers are Spain, France and Italy.
  • Artichokes can be made into an herbal tea.
  • Though artichokes can be grown in the desert, they fade against the extreme heat of summer. However, they will bounce back in the fall and the spring.

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Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley

These sweet little flowers have graced bridal bouquets for decades, from Princess Grace of Monaco to more recently, Kate Middleton, wife of Prince William. Lily of the Valley is said to have the loveliest scent and even Christian Dior created a fragrance to emulate this small delicate flower. In the 1993 film, Age of Innocence, our hero Newland Archer sent his fiance lilies of the valley everyday.

Here’s a 1-minute video showing lily of the valley in a woodland setting. Here’s a 4-minute, very informative video about caring for the ‘roots’ or ‘bulbs’ of lily of the valley. Here’s a 2-minute video on growing lily of the valley in a pot.

FunFacts about Lily of the Valley (Source)   

  • Basic Information, quote: Lily of the valley, Convallaria majalis, sometimes written lily-of-the-valley, is a sweetly scented, highly poisonous woodland flowering plant that is native throughout the cool temperate Northern Hemisphere in Asia and Europe. Other names include May bells, Our Lady’s tears, and Mary’s tears. Its French name, muguet, sometimes appears in the names of perfumes imitating the flower’s scent. (Source)
  • Lily of the valley is a perennial plant that spreads through underground rhizomes which often create vast colonies.
  • Lily of the valley flowers are white though on the rare occasion can be pink.
  • Lily of the valley flowers create very small red-orange berries.
  • Lily of the valley prefers partial shade.
  • Lily of the valley is hardy to up to minus-40 (F).
  • All parts of the lily of the valley are highly poisonous.
  • Lily of the valley contains approximately 38 different cardiac glycosides, substances that can be used to treat congestive heart failure and which might have a beneficial effect in cancer treatment.
  • The French fashion firm, Dior, created a simulated lily of the valley perfume called Diorissimo.
  • Lily of the valley is often used in bridal bouquets. Princess Grace of Monaco had these flowers in her bouquet as did Catherine Middleton, wife of Prince William.
  • Lily of the valley represents humility, chastity, sweetness, and purity.
  • Lily of the valley is the floral emblem of Yugoslavia.

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Shetland Ponies

Shetland Ponies

The ponies come from the Shetland Islands far to the north-northeast of Scotland. These sturdy, small ponies are perfect for rural island life where grass was often scarce. With their thick hair and strong, stocky bodies, they made excellent carrier animals in a climate on the cool side. The Shetland Islands, being so far north, have an oceanic climate which is still much milder than expected.

Here’s a 1-minute video on Shetland ponies wearing cardigans. For more photos of these sweethearts and what they’re wearing go here! Here’s a 7-minute video on the rescue of 30 unwanted Shetland ponies. Very sweet. Here’s a 2-minute video that introduces ‘Dinky’ to the herd. This video is perhaps more suited for kids, but it’s really cute to watch Dinky race around with the other ponies.

FunFacts about Shetland Ponies (Source) (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: The Shetland pony is a breed of pony originating in the Shetland Isles. Shetlands range in size from a minimum height of approximately 28 inches (7.0 hands; 71 cm) to an official maximum height of 42 inches. Registered stock must not exceed 42 inches (107 cm) 10.2 hands (42 inches, 107 cm) at the withers. Shetland ponies have heavy coats, short legs and are considered quite intelligent. They are a very strong breed of pony, used for riding, driving, and pack purposes. (Source)
  • In the mid-1800s, when women and children were outlawed from working in coal mines, the Shetland pony was put to work in their stead. This was not an easy life for these ponies.
  • Shetland ponies are allowed to roam free in the Shetland Isles but they are not wild. Each pony has an owner.
  • Shetland ponies live an average of 20 years but can live past thirty.
  • Shetland ponies are very strong. They can pull twice their body weight which is more than even the largest horses can do.
  • Shetland ponies were domesticated about 500 BC.
  • Shetland ponies are one of the most popular horses worldwide.
  • Shetland ponies are considered good-natured and highly intelligent.

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Cairo

Cairo

As a megacity, Cairo is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. In 2017, it grew by a half-million people alone. By July 2016, Greater Cairo, which includes Cairo, Giza and Qalyubiya, had a combined population of approximately 22.9 million people. As can be imagined, a city with this kind of size and growth has its share of troubles especially in the areas of traffic congestion and pollution. Worldwide, there are 47 such megacities. But the name, Cairo, as representative of Egypt, will always mean something magical in the Middle East: A ‘cradle of civilization’, a culture of pyramids, and a land of higher learning that has been thriving for five thousand years.

For a kick, take a look at this 1-minute video. Rick Steves is in the heart of Cairo, traveling the streets in a local conveyance and doesn’t know where he is. But it’s a great look at the flavor of the city. This 10-minute video showcases Cairo as a megacity and the problems it’s facing as it continues to grow. This 3-minute video hits just a few highlights of Cairo.

FunFacts about Cairo: (Source) (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Cairo is the capital of Egypt. The city’s metropolitan area is one of the largest in Africa, the largest in the Middle East and the Arab world, and the 15th-largest in the world, and is associated with ancient Egypt, as the famous Giza pyramid complex and the ancient city of Memphis are located in its geographical area. Located near the Nile Delta, modern Cairo was founded in 969 CE by the Fatimid dynasty. (Source)
  • Cairo is located about 165 km or 100 miles from the Mediterranean Sea.
  • The population of Cairo is about 9 million with another 9 ½ million living in close proximity to the city.
  • The city’s most famous landmark is the Pyramid of Giza built about 4500 years ago. Approximately 2 million massive stone blocks were used to build the pyramid.
  • Cairo boasts the oldest university in the world, the Al-Azhar University, founded in 970 AD.
  • Cairo has heavy traffic with 4 ½ million cars on the streets. Traffic jams are common.
  • Cairo’s metro system serves 1 billion passengers annually. Though it was originally built to relieve Cairo of its transportation problems, it ended up encouraging more people to move into the city.
  • Cairo is located in northern Egypt which is also known as ‘lower Egypt’.
  • Cairo is 120 km (75 miles) west of the Suez Canal.
  • Cairo is located at the point that the Nile River begins to branch into the massive Nile Delta. The Delta is one of the largest in the world and covers 240 km (150 miles) of Mediterranean coastline.
  • Cairo has a hot desert climate with the daytime summer temps averaging in the mid-nineties (F) or 35 C.
  • Most Cairo residents are Sunni Muslim.

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Cauliflower

Cauliflower

Did you know cauliflower, besides white, is also available in purple, orange and green? The orange variety originated in a field of cauliflower, in Canada, as a natural mutant. Its color also means it contains beta-carotene. Green cauliflower has two main versions, one that is similar to white cauliflower but is green, then a rather bizarre cultivar called Romanesco broccoli. This variety has a fractal shape and is pictured among the photos below. You can’t miss it. Purple cauliflower is very purple and contains a pigment similar to red cabbage.

Here’s a 5-minute video on growing cauliflower including the purple and orange varieties. This 4-minute video details the health benefits of cauliflower. Here is Ina Garten’s 3-minute video on making cauliflower gratin using a white sauce with gruyere and parmesan.

FunFacts about Cauliflower: (Source) (Source) (Source)

  • Basic Information, quote: Cauliflower is one of several vegetables in the species Brassica oleracea in the genus Brassica, which is in the family Brassicaceae. It is an annual plant that reproduces by seed. Typically, only the head is eaten – the edible white flesh sometimes called “curd” (with a similar appearance to cheese curd). The cauliflower head is composed of a white inflorescence meristem. Cauliflower heads resemble those in broccoli, which differs in having flower buds as the edible portion. Brassica oleracea also includes broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, collard greens, and kale, collectively called “cole” crops, though they are of different cultivar groups. (Source)
  • Cauliflower grows best in cool temperatures.
  • Cauliflower has many health benefits including anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • ¼ cup cooked cauliflower has only 15 calories but 45% of your daily vitamin C requirements.
  • Cauliflower comes in white, orange, purple and green though white is the most common.
  • Cauliflower fascinates mathematicians because it has a fractal dimension, quote: …every branch, or “module”, is similar to the entire cauliflower. Another quality, also present in other plant species, is that the angle between “modules,” as they become more distant from the center, is 360 degrees divided by the golden ratio. (Source)
  • The bigger the cauliflower the more flavorful it will be.
  • Cauliflower is an excellent source of fiber.
  • Cauliflower does contain a substance called purines. If you have trouble with gout or kidney stones, cauliflower might be something to limit. As with any medical issue, consult your physician.

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Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea

In my last house here in the Sonoran desert, I had a bougainvillea that performed exactly as expected. I ignored it and it thrived. It bloomed constantly, created huge, overarching fronds of flowers and leaves across my front walkway and was stunning.  I thought I would have the same experience in my new house. But the bougainvillea I planted has never thrived. Of course, this house was built on an ancient riverbed, or so I suspect. It’s possible there just isn’t enough earth in my earth for the plant to be happy. One suggested remedy is to add Epsom salts — 1 tablespoon in a gallon of water — which might give it a boost. Over the past two years, I’ve given it a little water then a lot of water, neither has made it happy. Bougainvillea prefers a well-drained soil and that I do have. But again, I’m beginning to suspect there isn’t enough life in the soil for my plant. This winter, I may try to add some serious soil amendment. We’ll see. One of the videos said sometimes when a bougainvillea plant doesn’t thrive the fault may be in the cultivar. If all my remedies fail, I may have to replace this plant with a different variety. 

Here’s a 4-minute video that introduces the bougainvillea. Here’s a 5-minute video that goes into some of the basics of caring for your bougainvillea. Here’s a 4-minute video full of all kinds of bougainvillea eye-candy.

FunFacts about Bougainvillea: (Source) (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Bougainvillea is a genus of thorny ornamental vines, bushes, and trees with flower-like spring leaves near its flowers. Different authors accept between four and 18 species in the genus. (Source)
  • Bougainvillea is from the family of plants known as Nyctaginaceae.
  • Bougainvillea is called different things in different countries. Some of the names are buganvilla, bugambilia, bouganvilla, pokok bunga kertas, Napoleón, jahanamiya, and veranera.
  • Bougainvillea plants originated in Brazil.
  • Bougainvillea can grow up to 12 meters or 39 feet.
  • The French Botanist discovered this amazing vine in the 1760s while on an expedition with the explorer, French admiral Louis-Antoine de Bougainville, after whom he named the plant.
  • The actual flower of the bougainvillea is very small and usually white. It’s the colorful ‘bracts’ that surround the flower that give the vine its striking appearance.
  • Bougainvillea need good drainage and are very hardy once established. They prefer warm to hot climates.
  • There are 300 varieties of bougainvillea now available.
  • Bougainvillea are not a clinging vine and will need support as they grow.
  • Hummingbirds and butterflies love bougainvillea.

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Ostriches

Ostriches

Native to Africa, ostriches are the largest living species of bird. They are flightless birds, but can run as fast as 45 mph (72 kph), using their wings to navigate quick turns. Male ostriches enjoy a harem of females and will mate with several. But he will always have his favorite who will be in charge of the nest. His females will lay eggs in what is a communal nest, but the favorite, who tends the eggs, will often sacrifice the eggs of other females to predators, thereby protecting her own offspring. 

Here’s a 1-minute video on how fast ostriches can run. Here’s a 1-minute video featuring adorable ostrich chicks. This 2 1/2- minute video features 22 young ostrich chicks in the wild then several 6-month-old juveniles. Good info. This 3-minute video features egg-laying and strategic egg placement in the communal nest.

FunFacts about Ostriches: (Source)   

  • Basic Information, quote: The ostrich or common ostrich (Struthio camelus) is either of two species of large flightless birds native to Africa, the only living member(s) of the genus Struthio, which is in the ratite family. In 2014, the Somali ostrich (Struthio molybdophanes) was recognized as a distinct species. The common ostrich shares the order Struthioniformes with the kiwis, emus, rheas, and cassowaries. (Source)
  • Ostriches live in groups of 5 to 50 birds.
  • Ostriches are flightless but can run up to 45 mph or 72 kph. They are the fastest bird on land.
  • The ostrich’s legs are powerful and can be used to attack.
  • Ostriches will hide from predators by lying flat on the ground or they will run away.
  • Ostriches typically weigh 63 to 145 kilograms (139–320 lb).
  • Ostriches range in height, given their long necks, from 5 ½ feet to 9 feet.
  • Ostriches have long eyelashes which protect their eyes.
  • Ostriches live primarily in Africa.
  • Ostriches have acute eyesight and hearing which helps them detect predators long before the predators see or find them.
  • Lacking teeth, ostriches swallow pebbles to help them grind their food. The food travels down the neck to the gizzard where the pebbles reside and begin to work on the food. The gizzard can contain up to 45% of its volume in sand and pebbles.
  • Here’s the fascinating mating ritual, quote: The cock performs with his wings, alternating wing beats, until he attracts a mate. They will go to the mating area and he will maintain privacy by driving away all intruders. They graze until their behaviour is synchronized, then the feeding becomes secondary and the process takes on a ritualistic appearance. The cock will then excitedly flap alternate wings again, and start poking on the ground with his bill. He will then violently flap his wings to symbolically clear out a nest in the soil. Then, while the hen runs a circle around him with lowered wings, he will wind his head in a spiral motion. She will drop to the ground and he will mount for copulation. (Source)
  • Ostriches share a communal nest, with eggs produced by different females sharing the same space. There can be up to 20 eggs in one nest. The dominant female will remove any eggs she deems unacceptable.
  • Both males and females incubate the eggs, the females during the day, the males at night.
  • Incubation lasts 35-45 days.
  • Both males and females help rear the chicks. The males in particular defend the chicks against predators.
  • Some ostriches in captivity have lived over 60 years.

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