FOWC with Fandango: Market

I live next to a market town and on the market days the streets are quite busy. For many years I never had the time to go as I was bringing up the kids and Mr. Swiss was never keen on going on the markets. Since he is now in a golden oldie home, I have rediscovered the markets and go now and again. I like mixing in the crowds again. My mother-in-law even dressed for the occasion especially on Saturday Morning when it was see and be seen by all her friends and neighbours.

The second Monday in the month is the general market when everything is sold from toilet seats to groceries and ornaments in between. I remember when it was also a cattle market, but that was stopped some years ago. The cows were gathered next to one of our railway stations and sold there. Then we have the vegetable and flower market regularly on Wednesday Morning. Of course there is also a market festival when various stalls serve drink and food. There is a foreign food festival. And let us not forget the Father Christmas market during December. There used to be a Christmas market, but since the last few years, probably due to Covid, it has not been held and I read today that it is now finished.

FOWC with Fandango: Market

FOWC with Fandango: Transfer

And our soldiers were again being transferred. It was Sunday and they were preparing to embark on their weekly excursion to the barracks. It happens to every able bodied man in Switzerland once a year for 3-4 weeks. Then they have their training programme during the week and tired they return home again the following week-end. Here they are waiting for the train with their luggage packed in their bags and dressed for the occasion in uniform.

FOWC with Fandango: Transfer

FOWC with Fandango: Refugee

What was this guy celebrating in our town. The statue has always been there. It is showing a memory of the heroes of Dornach from the Swabian War in 1499 between the Swiss and the House of Hapsberg to put it in a nutshell. It does not form part of my historic knowledge, but the Solothurn Swiss never forgot it. Switzerland has been a home for many refugees over the years and I am sure that there were a few after this war.

FOWC with Fandango: Refugee