Daily Prompt: Banned – a national pastime

Roadwork Feldbrunnen 21.10 (11)

It came to pass, about a year ago, that our local council made a decision. After a walk through the village, and perhaps a drive on the main road, nothing was good enough and so the men in the office sat at their drawing boards and began to plan. It was a nice plan, everthing neat and tidy and so they submitted the plan to the powers that decide. They used some colours to show the differences between nice and not so nice.

Some time in Summer they arrived with the machines. They were noisy machines. After a month traffic was banned on one side of the road. This had the result that the population of the next village along the road could no longer visit our village. We could visit their village, because that side of the road was still open: yes it was a one-sided communication. We were lucky, We were living on the edge of the village where the road was left open on both sides and so we did not have to take the scenic route to arrive at the supermarket. However somewhere a mistake slipped into the pattern of thought. Whilst the construction team were busy banning  the traffic on one side of the road, they got carried away and it so happened that there was no longer a possiblity to cross to arrive at the other side.

There is a question we all know: why did the chicken cross the road, to get to the other side. There are chickens living on the other side of the road, Harold and and his flock of 40-50 females that supply fresh eggs to the village if you care to buy some. However, our side of the village main road could no longer buy fresh eggs, because the path over the road was banned, blocked. There was a possiblity however. If I cared to take a 10-15 minute walk I would reach a tunnel beneath the main road. I would succeed in crossing the road, but would have another 10-15 minute walk af leaving the exist to the tunnel on the other side of the road to arrive at the path leading to the egg farm. It would be another 5 minutes and Harold and his merry chickens would welcome me to buy some fresh farm eggs. There are some things that the experts do not take into consideration. A five minute drive to the supermarket and I could buy eggs with no problem, although perhaps not so good and fresh as those from the local production.

And so this continued throughout the Summer. Now we have Autumn and for a week we could cross the road. The barriers were taken away and all the golden oldies, like myself, were moving around the village. There was no longer problems with climbing over dangerous barriers, we could walk normally, although now the traffic was relased to both sides of the road, so you had to be careful that you could fit in between the oncoming cars without rising your life.

This all happened two weeks ago, and now the cars are  speeding along the road, the next village can visit our village and I was even told by one of the shop assitants in the store that she needs at least 15 minutes less to arrive at work. This is all very good, but the barrier has reappeared again and we cannot cross the road. We live in a so-called free country. I can take a half hour drive and arrive in part of Switzerland where only French is spoken – we speak German. 3-4 hours toward the South of Switzerland on the motorway and they speak Italian, we are international. One hour northwards and I am in Germany and France. Only I cannot cross the road to get to the other side. No problem, it seems that in a month, or perhaps two months, definitely by Christmas, everything will be back to normal.

There is only one slight problem: the work will continue on the main road leading into our main town of Solothurn and we will be cut off from communication to this town by the main road: no problem, we can take the route across the private road belonging to the local castle, and even wave at the chickens on the way. Luckily we belong to the selected few that have a special permit for driving along the castle road.


Daily Prompt: Banned – a national pastime

12 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Banned – a national pastime

    • The chickens continue to lay eggs and they have their regular customers. Actually their main buisiness is horses, of which they have many. They have now also added a few geese and ducks to the chicken part.

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      • Glad to hear this. Often road works can lead to a loss of business for those on a “banned” roadway. Also glad to hear they have horses. Horses are my passion in life . Thanks for your reply.


  1. The dynamics of public renovations are complex. Administrators and designers are interested in final results and the ability to say (in the end) I did this. Their focus is on end results and acceptable costs. What complicates matters is the fact that people refuse to get get involved in the planning. Three people show up to the public meeting.

    Often, these planners have no idea of community activity or the daily needs of locals. Therefore, the planning is shallow and important considerations are easily overlooked. PLus doing things right, costs more. To them, inconvenience is the lesser of two evils.

    It would probably be better if society were to demand its acceptance before projects are finally approved. We all know, once the streets are torn up and the work begings, we are more inclined to grin and bear it!

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    • We have public meetings in connection with our village regularly. If it is a local problem, there is a very large congregation to discuss the problems at hand. We are very much connected to what is going on in village life. This was a kantonal business to do with overall planning and a village person would not be capable of overseeing all the problems. I wrote this piece from my own point of view of how I have been living with the situation, with a slight twinkle in my eye as usual.


  2. Not to mention the railway tracks!
    I forgot to tell you that I met a man from Solothurn in a suburb of Johannesburg in September; the first stop on our safari trip. He said he worked for the GLC in London (I think he was British) but in Solothurn they called him ‘Bert Singer’ – that’s all I know, but wasn’t it a coincidence?

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    • The local railway tracks are open to the village population. They are a main communication to the local town.
      I do not know the person you mentioned, but it is a german name. very interesting coincidence.


  3. We thought they were done in town too, but yesterday it seems they have merely MOVED to a slightly different location, just before you get into town. It’s hopeless. We will never be able to get in and out of town easily again. This will never ever end.

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    • I am wondering how many villages will be cut off from civilisation as they are working along the main road connection. At least we have a few escape routes from where we live.


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