Flower of the Day: 16.06.2017 Rhodedendron

Rhodedendron 21.05 (1)

There is a large house nearby that belongs to a local doctor, a surgeon and the bordering front garden has at least 3-4 rhodedendron bushes. I see them every year and often take photos when they blossom as I walk pass. Now the doctor has passed away and the house is empty. Perhaps one of his daughters might move in, but the rhodedendrons still flower and are more beautiful every year. I took this photo 21st May this year.

Flower of the Day: 16.06.2017 Rhodedendron

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – June 16, 2017

River Aare 11.06 (15)

Another one of those road mirror photos, just around the corner to where I live

Renovation 13.06 (1)

Looking up into the ladder of the scaffolding

St. Katharinen Cemetary 15.06 (2)

Entrance path to the local St. Katharinen cemetery, Solothurn, Switzerland – just a ten minute walk from where I live.

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – June 16, 2017

Daily Prompt: The building creation and a new plant


Our builders are very creative, the entrance design on the East side of the buiding is prize suspicious and I am sure it will be the winner for the building of the year. The colourful composition of the entrance curtains and the metallic disign of the door with a glance into the courtyard. Yes, this is the perfect creation. Even that guy that decided to do it in 7 days a few million years ago, did not manage this: but let us be fair, he did not have the resources available and builders had not yet been created.

Since the builders took over some time in April, life has been one creation. Unfortunately the builders are not doing this job and resting on the 7th day like the original builder: they need more time and they rest every day at 4.00 p.m. begining the job at 7.00 a.m. in the morning. How do I know this, that is no problem. I already hear their merry conversations on planning the daily attack in front of my window in the early morning in their various languages, mainly Italian with a sprinkling of Swiss German. The Tower of Babel has been reconstructed. Yes, it is very bibilical, the problem being that we have no chance of an exodus to the promised land, because we are living in the land that will be renovated as promised.

Everything has its advantage as I then I have my early morning call when the workers begin their daily exercises – no excuses here for oversleeping. There is also a re-creational break at 9.00 a.m. when the builders all meet in the little hut at the end of the path to drink their coffee and eat the sandwiches. Then we have a re-creational silence from the building machines.

There is a method to their madness it seems. First of all the scaffolding was built and our appartment block resembled Centre Pompidou in Paris – an art work.

Centre Pompidou front view

Although I took this photo on a visit in 1990 and I believe it was to house a collection of art and not an expensive renovation.

And so life goes on. I decided to be creational this morning. For some time I had my eye on a new arrival in the flower store, also known as a Siam lilly. They grow from rhizomes although I know it more as a yellow  herb for spicing up oriental dishes. They disappeared from the store and now a new batch has arrived, so I decided to strike while the weather is hot and summerlike. I noticed that they were even within my price range.

At the moment I have it on the kitchen table, but after reading about the life and existence of this plant, I may put it somewhere else. It seems to be a lover of sun and so I might put it in the garden. Tallking of creative, the table cover was a product of my daughter-in-law, made by herself from various remnants of material. I really love this work of art.

I am now exhausted by so much creation. I bet that guy in the sky was glad when he finished the job as well.

Daily Prompt: The building creation and a new plant

Good Morning

Baselstrasse 15.06 (2)

Yesterday they let me out again, all on my own. It was a quiet day, everything closed in town because of the corpus christi holiday. There were no building workers to be heard or seen  and it was a stressless day. I decided it was time for a camera walk in the evening, although camera is a little bored, as it says it always goes the same places and does the same thing. I thought it over and decided to risk a walk along the other side of the main road: nothing extremely fantastic in the photographic world, but something completely different.

My first object was the villa Serdang on the other side of the road opposite where I live. This villa has many stories, and it was rumoured that the original owner had business in white slave traffic, but this is really a rumour. I had a look in Internet and it seems that it belonged to a very rich family and was named after a Sultanat in Sumatra. Its history is quite interesting. As the entry is all in German, there is no point in including a link, but one day when I have nothing better to do, I will write a blog all about it. Since I have lived here, it has been the home of the chief police officer of our district, an art gallery and has now been bought by a local business man who has decided to turn it into a culture center. It is definitely an impositng building.

I walked on and heard the “bing-bong” of the railway barriers closing, we have about 5 of them placed at various points on the main road. Our local train known as “bipper-lisi” was approaching. A strange name by the locals, but because its end station is Niederbipp (the next village to Oberbipp) and with so many bipps they gave the train the name combined with the shortened versio of Lizzy.

Bipperlisi 15.06.2017

I walked on and passed a maize field which had begun to grow. This is not the corn on the cob sort of maize, but only for animal consumption. It is another sort and grows quite high.

Jura 15.06 (1)

As usual the Jura mountain chain in the background. The problem with this walk is that there are no benches at the side of the main road, so I have to persevere with a walk without a rest, knowing that if I turn the corner I will eventually arrive at the local cemetery St. Katharine where there are more than enough benches for a golden oldie. I seemed to be alone on my walk, very little traffic on the road, if at all, and I saw very few people.

St. Katharinen Cemetary 15.06 (3)

Even the cemetery was empty, almost no visitors. It was an opportunity to have a good check on the new arrivals. It is certainly gives you food for thought when you recognise the names of people you knew, although I must admit I am a cemetery tourist.  I think I have visited most of the European cemeteries, the one in Vienna being the largest in Europe. I must say the Austrians are quite good at cemeteries, interesting places and individual designs of the stones on the graves.

I left the cemetery on the other side and took the path home passing the local stables and the ducks.

Ducks 15.06 (1)

Although the horses were all in their stalls. There were a couple of ducks within range of my camera. It was then I noticed the heat of the sun in my back, so I turned to see what it was all about. I had been walking for an hour, with a pause in the middle to sit on a bench at the cemetery, and the sun had decided to go down on me.

Sunset 15.06 (1)

And as the golden sun sank slowly in the West I mounted my walking stick and took the homewards path. I had photos to upload on the computer and arrived home tired but happy

Today is another day without building noise as the the builders still have a day off until Monday, although someone somewhere is hammering. Mr. Swiss says the insulation troop are working today. I now have places to go (the appartment) and things to do (vacuuming) so I must leave you. There is also a week-end shopping list to attack at the supermarket. Life is a stress sometimes, even for a golde oldie, but we do what we want to do and not what we have to do, so they say. I am not so sure about that one.

See you around later, and take care: you never know if the Martians might land in the field opposite.