Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – May 19, 2017

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We were leaving our garage yesterday, Mr. Swiss driving, so I shot one of those photos – including half of the car window 🙂

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The signpost at the bottom of our street

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Our local paths are paved with rubble and discarded pieces of building material with a ladder in between.

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One of the building sites in Solothurn, Switzerland

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – May 19, 2017

Daily Prompt: The lady with the camera

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This tool is for me the most notorious object to be found on a building site. It is an instrument that pours out noise in decibels unbearable to the human ear. It is a pneumatic chisel and is used to remove, scrap, peel the unwanted concrete residue from the walls. It is commonly switched on at 7.00 a.m. when the builders arrive, makes a pause for a coffee break in the morning and enjoys a lunch break for an hour. If you are lucky it will decide to call it a day at lunch time.  Today we were not lucky, and it was our turn at the entrance on our porch to partake of its talents. I usually take an after dinner nap, but today it was accompanied by the song of the chisel. There was a second tool operating on the other side of the building and I am sure they have a choir practice together to perfect their harmonisation.

However,  I am everywhere with the camera so if you happen to cross my lens you will be captured, Of course you need fresh subjects for your photography and that is my problem. My days of wandering and going places and doing things are slowly diminishing and I noticed that fresh food for the camera is getting scarce. However, I now have new food for my hobby, a building site.

It was decided that the block where I live, with 13 appartments, would be renewed, revitalised and more or less rebuilt on the outside. Not my wish, but I decided to make the most of it with my camera. After the first week the building team would greet me when they saw me with the camera. One day I was busy with housewife chores and only arrived in the afternoon with the camera to see what had happened in the meanwhile. The guy constructing the scaffolding said he wondered where I was. Now that is recognition for my notoriety.

I now have 300+ photos in my records of what has happened up to now. Today I realised how notorious I had become. Of course after more than a month you get to know your daily builders and they get to know you. They are wonderful guys, do their job and clear away the mess afterwards and enjoy a good laugh. This afternoon one was attempting to split my ear drums with his tool and his colleague appeared. I was watching, only with my telephone camera  – you never know. One of the builders disovered this was ideal for a group photo, although there were only two builders. Suddenly another three workmen appeared from nowhere. They were probably working next door and they posed for a group photo. This was a great photo, one of the best I have taken up to now. The rain was pouring down outside my porch, they would soon be going to their week-end and I think we were all in a good mood.

Daily Prompt: The Lady With the Camera

Good Morning


It is wonderful to be able to sit in the kitchen in the morning and see that the view from my window no longer is a garden covered in plastic. The plastic covers have now been piled up in the meadow opposite and I hope they have now been banned permently from my garden. I spoke to the builders when they began and told them that my garden is not happy about being covered for the three days they would be throwing bricks and stones from the above floors. The guy who had most to say agreed to remove the covers in the late afternoon when they were finished with the work, and they did. My garden has survived and now it is raining which is not so bad.

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Today the noisy work of drilling and insulation removal from the facade will be finished and next week the plasterers and painters will move in until August. The have also now finished the roof repairs. It is not good for the nerves when there is a continuous drone from their pump on the roof.

Today is one of those days that I will glad to get behind me. Mr. Swiss has a dental appointment this morning, and Friday is our week-end shopping day. I will bring him to the dentists by car and then travel further to the supermarket an complete the shopping on my own. When I have finished the shopping I will pick him up and return home. The list was prepared on the cloud on the phone yesterday so everything under control.

This is a short good morning as I have things to do and places to go this morning, but I will be back. I was in town yesterday for my own dentist visit, but had no time for a photo session. Dentists do not have such interesting subjects in their rooms and who wants to see a dentist drill?

I just took some more photos on the way home of our flowering horse chestnut trees. See you later, keep safe.

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