Good Morning

Jura 20.07 (1)

I escaped again yesterday evening. I was thinking about it all day, shall I or not? The last time I did a marathon I felt like one of those near-collapse survivors when I arrived home, because I missed the train home and had to walk. There was also a problem of having the zoom lens on my camera which is OK if your subjects are on the other side of the river, but not if they are in front of your nose. Sometimes simple brings better results than complicated.

This time I decided no train: a straight walk along the river bank and back again with a couple of pit stops on the way. It was a pleasant evening with a soft breeze. Although it was cloudy there was no rain. The photo above is of our local mountain, Weissenstein, where you can see the outline of the restaurant and some sort of radio mast at the top.

I plodded on and there were people sitting on the bank of the river here and there lazing in the evening sun, or perhaps taking a swim in the river. I always keep my eye on the river for an exclusive photo of something in the water. What I saw, twice, was the flicker of a tail and a quick furry body. Rats are everywhere, and they are the species river rats. You do not often see them as they tend to hide in the stones, but we have them. As long as they keep to the river they are not a great problem. I wish I had caught one on a photo, but they are so quick and very shy.

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I saw a horse making its way across the field. There is a group of younger horses kept in this area which extends to the main road on the other side.

My actual target was to reach the next bridge which was built to connect the new secondary school for the students. This was really the limit of my walk, but I arrived in one piece.

River Aar 20.07 (13)

I managed to drag myself for a complete view of the bridge (photo follows on another blog), this is just a side view. The bridge is only for pedestrians and bicycles. I heard the clock(s) chime throughout the area and decided it was time to return as it was 8.00 p.m. and Mr, Swiss might be imagining all sorts of problems.

There was one small problem I had. Our local authorities decided that it would not be necessary to place benches along this stretch of the river. They were there, but without backrests and in concrete. I prefer the wooden type of thing where I can relax and so I continued, although I would have loved to have sat on a bench. My next meeting was with a man and his dog. The dog was chasing after a ball in the river and so I stopped for a photo.

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The owner of the dog, a very nice man, laughed when he saw me taking the photo and wishes me a very nice evening. That is the nice thing about those walks, there are few people around, but they are friendly. I decided I needed the next bench, but when I approached it I decided to do the rest for home. I was already dragging my left foot, but was sure I would not lose it for the last few steps.

I arrived home, tired but happy and uploaded my photos onto the computer. No-one had missed me in the meanwhile. I decided that tomorrow there would be no walk, not wanting to overdo it.

Today is a day of shopping and tomorrow Son No. 1 will be back home some time in the early evening from his two week holiday in Italy, probably completely sun tanned. Enjoy the day, it is Friday and for the non-golden oldies it means you have a week-end to relax. Our life is full of week-ends. Keep well and do not go for long walks without a bench in between. A last look at a wild flower I saw growing by the river bank – no idea what it is.

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15 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. Nice photos, my Cindy would have happily chased balls into the water like that dog. Your description of the water rat made me think of the beginning of The Wind in the Willows where Mole meets Rat for the first time.

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    • I love watching the dogs as they leave the water and have a good shake.. You rarely see a water rat. They are more active at night. We also have beavers, but I have never seen one.

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  2. The horse photo is wonderful. You have nice walk areas. I walk in my neighborhood….houses, houses and more houses. If I am lucky, I might see a cat on someone’s porch. You would be bored to tears if I posted photos of my walks. Yours are so much fun–I really look forward to them.

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    • i often think how lucky i am to live here. Ibgrew up in London amongst the bombed ruins of World War 2. The only green we had were a few parks. Modern digital photography has also brought the surroundings nearer.

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  3. I remember the first time I saw a river rat. i was 16 and I’d ridden my bicycle to the docks and this big, brown wet thing ran across the dock and back into the water. It really was the size of a cat. I was really upset, but eventually came to learn that those big water rats live near pretty much all waterways, in cities and the country. But I don’t have to LIKE them. Nice pictures. I was walking around a lot yesterday too and at one point, I offered to lie down and the ground and have everyone come back and get me after dinner 😀 I get SO tired, but after i rest awhile, I do feel better for having done it.

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    • The first time I saw the river rats was in the lake of Biel. There were many and all scuttling around the stones on the edge of the lake, fascinating. The next one was a dead one that had made it to my garden from the river and froze in the cold icy winter, but that was an exception.
      I really had to have a day of relaxation yesterday, but I will probably be stupid enough to go for a walk again today. Yesterday no. 1 son returned from holiday so today I have some ironing to do.

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