Good Morning

Primrose 14.03 (3)

When the primroses are flowering in the wild meadows, then you know that spring is on its way. I decided to take a walk yesterday afternoon. The sun was shining, temperatures were comfortable and my camera needed feeding. Mr. Swiss had volunteered to give the kitchen a deeper clean. I always did it on Tuesday afternoon, just a half hour job, but he decided to take the job over a month ago and I am pleased. He does not mind and I have more time to go places and see things.

I decided on a trip to the local castle, but this time I took my 18-105 lens: not so much zoom, but better for closer photos – see above photo taken in the meadow in front of the castle.

Feldbrunnen 14.03 (5)

It is a longer upward path to the castle, but I managed it ok, stopping for a few photos on the way. There is the most perfect view of Balmflüh, straight ahead on the photo and part of the first chain of the Jura from our direction. Somewhere halfway up the mountain in a village known as Niederwil, is the place where Mr. Swiss was born and grew up.

I have at last discovered the ideal way to take photos when you need  a stick for support in one hand. If I am alone it can present problems. I would suspend my cane on the opening of my winter jacket and with both hands hold the camera. However, when walking with a light jacket, and later when the warmer weather arrives there will be no jacket, what can I do? I tried leaning the cane against my body, but it falls and I have to pick it up afterwards which is also a problem for me.

I have now discovered the one hand method and it works perfectly. I am glad I got myself the Nikon D3000 last year as my older Nikon D7000 was heavier and larger. Now I found I could hold the camera in my right hand, focus  and take the photo with the right without having to support it with both hands. I know it sounds complicated, but it is very easy and I no longer need to find a place for the cane. I am so happy. I can put up with a lot, but my pleasure in taking photos was a little spoilt by this silly walking problem. Now I can do it again normally with no inconvenience.

When I reached the castle at the top of the hill, I decided to relax on a bench and recover from the climb to the top. You are rewarded with wonderful views over the Bernese middle land with a few villages in between. On a clear day you can see the alps.

Feldbrunnen 14.03 (10)

What I really wanted to do was walk a little further and visit the back part of the castle where the entrance is for the public, when open, and a few other views were available. I had recovered enough energy so gave it a try. Although it was again upwards, not so much. I passed their vegetable garden on the way, and their veg had already started to sprout.

I stayed awhile taking photos. There were about 5-6 benches placed in stratigic positions so I did not have to use so much energy for the photos. Just relax on a bench and shoot, it was ideal. I was alone except for a few people that worked there. A colleague of mine actually works in the castle in the accounts department. It seems to be similar to running a business if you work in a castle.

Castle Waldegg 14.03 (2)

After a photo session, I decided it was time to go. I did not want to find a worried Mr. Swiss when I arrived home. On the return journey I heard the local church chiming the hour, so I was in good time, although I could not really run if I was late. I discovered walking downhill was easier than up. It was a wonderful afternoon and branching out on my route was a pleasant change. I did not take a photo of the castle, but to soothe your curiosity here is a photo I took from a distance.

Castle Waldegg 12.02.2017

Today I have a quest in the local supermarket to fulfil. Food must be bought and I also want to buy a nice little potted plant for my front garden table, something in the way of daffodils probably. I can replant them in the garden when they have finished flowering.

Now is the time to go. Since having my new iPad I can complete my messages from the bed  which is no problem, as I am awake in any case. I can  write my blog afterwards and in the meanwhile have discovered that for my colleagues across the pond I am probably an hour earlier due to daylight saving or whatever.

Enjoy the day those that a shovelling snow, that will also melt eventually. Always look on the bright side.

16 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. When my grandfather was in his late 70s, he took up walking, too, each day during the morning. We lived on the margin of a village so all he had to do was walking out our our garden and walk up a path and then following that path along he had houses on one side of the way and fields and meadows on the other. There was a bench only at the end of this path, where there was a small oratory (part of the catholic stations of the cross). He quite liked it there. Now and then he would meet another person, but mostly he was alone there and could just enjoy the birds (that is, if he could have heard them still) and the wind on his skin and the sun, if it was a shiny day. He did not have a digital camera (and could not see well enough, anyway, to use one). But he still enjoyed his walks.

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    • I used to go on walks with Mr. Swiss, now I am confined to local walks as I can no longer walk so far or quickly I now do it like your grandfather. Sometimes I might meet someone for a conversation but that is not absolutely necessary As you say just sitting on a bench is enough although I love my digi camera to capture everything

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  2. I love the photos and your posts. I do have a suggestion for you about your cane. I also use a cane. I love to get canes with different tops. I found a solution of what to do with your cane when you need both hands. I went to the craft store and got some leather strips that looked like shoestrings. They come in different colors and are easy to use. I cut them to the length I needed, tied one end to the cane near the top, and made a loop large enough to comfortably put over my hand on the other end. The new leather string hangs down and not in the way as you use the cane, but when you need to free your hand, just slip the loop over your hand and onto your wrist. The leather is soft and it is wide enough to not hurt with the weight of the cane. Hugs

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    • Thanks for the tip. I only had to rely on the cane last year midsummer, and then I was just a beginner. Now I cannot go anywhere without so I am trying everything. My main problem was being able to take photos, but I am learning. Thanks for the idea with the strap. At home I can walk unaided as there are not such wide spaces. I am now on the lookout for a bar hocker to sit more comfortably when preparing stuff in the kitchen.

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  3. I shoot one handed more than half the time. The other half, I divide between between putting the camera on a wall (like a tripod), and actually using both hands. But all my cameras are pretty light. They make monopods that are also tripods AND can be used as a cane. It’s just a thought.

    You’ve got lovely crocus. We’ve got a frozen wasteland. But spring will come 🙂

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    • I am so glad to have discovered the one handed shooting method, makes it all so much easier. My camera body is light weight so that is not such a problem. I have more hedges where I take my photos, so can hang the cane on them – not so many walls, but luckily there are now benches everywhere. I have heard of the Monopods. Will have a look on internet.

      Our cold days are slowly disappearing and we are having an early spring this year.


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