I let myself out again yesterday afternoon. I no longer go away on holiday, but stay at home for my holiday. Mr. Swiss had to deal with something in Solothurn for an hour and I decided to accompany him, although only for the ride. I had other things in mind and with a camera nothing is safe. It was a pleasant afternoon weatherwise, not too hot. My fist photo is of our so-called Landhaus on the bank of the River Aar. It is used for various exhibitions and events and there is even a boat landing place if you prefer to go by river instead of road. Actually I noticed yesterday there were a few smaller transport boats for people wanting to travel by river. I will have to try that one myself one day – another opportunity for photos.
I left Mr. Swiss and took off with the camera. I decided to cross the river by one of our foot bridges and then I saw them.
Mum and dad and the kids taking a swim on the river. I knew they must be somewhere and I was astonished how big the babies had already grown. Under the watchful eye of the parents they were going for a swim through the town of Solothurn. I loved the way mum was leading and dad was keeping an eye at the back to make sure they all stayed and did not wander. I cannot express my pleasure at seending the family at last. I knew there were kids somewhere, but it was a lucky afternoon for me.
I made my way further, my target being our bird aviary. It has been so many years since I was there, I did not even know if it still existed. There are just a few large cages with some completely different birds.
I had to play with the focus on the camera to eliminate the steel fence, but some of the photos turned out OK. The birds are named with their species but I could not register all. I am sure someone will know the names of the various birds here.
Time flies when you are having fun and I decided at my pace of walking, I should think about the long walk home again, although luckily this time was it all downhill. I decide the quickest way would be over our so called “bicycle” bridge, the real name being Kreuzackerbruck.
It is a downhill walk from the town, so it suited me. It is a comfortable bridge to walk across as no cars are allowed. It is quite a joke with the tourists in Solothurn. Sometimes they miss the sign and you suddenly see a car, usually with foreign number plates, crossing the bridge which is a good opportunity for a laugh and amusing photos. It does not happen very often, but always a reason for a story in the local newspaper. We are a quiet place, murders and crimes do not often happen and so such stories are a hit. Of course if you hang around at the main station you might see some shady characters.
I was just approaching the end of the bridge and I heard ducks quaking quite near. I though it would be again a good opportunity for a photo and then I realised it was my phone ringing (we all have our own choice in tone). It was Mr. Swiss to say he was finished and then I saw him approaching, such good timing. We met and suddenly a friend walked past, someone we had not seen for a few years. Whilst we were catching up on life there were two pigeons sitting on the river wall opposite getting to know each other. Yes, another opportunity for four or five photos, here is one of them.
I do not know how this romatic story ended, but they were still getting to know each other when I left. We headed for the car parking silo and passed the local Co-op supermarket on the way when Mr. Swiss remembered he just had to buy some chocolate. I deposited myself on the bench at the local bus stop and decided to wait for him there. You never know I might find a couple of opportunities for photos.
Eventually we headed home, tired but happy. I had a couple of blogs to write and there were almost 80 photos on the camera to upload. A golden oldie does not have many pleasures left in life, but if you have a camera you always have something to do. I suppose some prefer to collect stamps or go wandering. My mind wanders for me and who needs stamps when you have Facebook and e-mail.
Today I am taking it easy, going nowhere and just playing with the vacuum cleaner – but who knows. Enjoy the beginning of the week-end and do not forget, you are never alone with a computer.
One last photo of a pigeon conference with buffet included.