Share Your World – August 7, 2017

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Living Like You is a site for people with MS, but with a difference. It is not full of advice or explanations, but written by people like you and me that have MS problems in daily life. It is  written in a blog fashion and it helps you to confront the daily problems that can crop up in a normal life. It is sponsored by Novartis, one of the big Swiss chemical companies. and it helps you to realise that you are not alone in the world with your problems.

Do you believe in the afterlife?  Reincarnation?

Who me? The one who finds everything follows a logical process (yes Mr. Trump I mean you as well). But it would be nice to return as my cat I must admit.

If you were or are a writer do you prefer writing short stories, poems or novels?

P1070247Too Much Sunlight OK, I have been there and done it, and am still there in Amazon which is more a miracle as anything else. I am not a professional writer, just did it to hold a book in my hands written by Pat Gerber, and I still have a few copies at home. It never became a best seller, and it was all in self publishing. Poetry is not my thing, at least not in a fantastic romantic wonderful way, just that it rhymes at the end of the line. A novel? Based on my experience of publishing a collection of short stories, no thankyou. The writing is the easiest part, but bringing it up to perfect  condition for publishing? If I read it once, I read each short story one hundred times and still found a few mistakes. I would never do it again. I am too lazy, but it was nice when it lasted.

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

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We at last managed to get our week-end organised for a visit to No. 2 son in the Kanton of Schaffhausen. Here a photo of the Rheinfall to prove it. It was a wonderful week-end and we enjoyed it very much. It was part of Switzerland I never really got to know and it was wonderful. Rows of small villages, a lot of sunflower fields and lots of vineyards. Yes that was an inspiration. And of course in a few weeks I will eventually become a grandmother – what could be better?

Share Your World – August 7, 2017

Weekly Weather: Hail

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If you want to capture hail, you must be prepared with a camera somewhere and be ready to act when it starts falling. You have to be lucky to be in the right place at the right time. I was sitting at my desk and the hail came tumbling down on the garden, so I did it. Not mega hailstones, but big enough to make it on the photo.

Weekly Weather: Hail

One Word Photo Challenge: Horse

Shire Horse Guiness

Across the main road from where I live there is a path leading to the local castle. If you branch off towards the left there is another path that leads to the local stables. They do not only have horses, but chickens and geese as well. I often take a walk along the path for some photos of the horses . This is in memory of Guiness, a shire horse they had. The people owning the stable went to Ireland and brought him to Switzerland when he was a young horse. That was probably why he was called Guiness.  When I first saw him he was already 22 years old and no longer so fit. He had problems with rhumatism and was no longer used for riding, but he had a good life at the stables and spoilt by all. One day he was no longer there, his day had come for the happy horse hunting grounds. I still miss him today when I go to the stables to take a few photos.

One Word Photo Challenge: Horse

Daily Prompt: Ambling Along

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Not one of my best photos, but when you rise at the crack of dawn to reach the train that departs at 9.00 a.m. in the morning, you are already suffering from time theft. The train was not exactly crowded, but I am one of those people that like to travel in the direction that the train is moving. Anything else complicates my nervous and digestive system. When you enter the carriage it is already clear that there will be no empty seating arrangements to choose and so you pick the place nearest to the exit, bcause all other suitable seats are facing backwards. You seat next to a stranger who is generally not Swiss, and seeing the passing landscape for the first time in his life.

Where is Mr. Swiss? He is not as picky as I am about his seat, so he is on the other side of the seat corridor facing the wrong way (in my travel conception, thus he took the photo. This time the journey was amongst the common folk, 2nd class, after discovering that the price of first class was no longer realistic, but the seats were comfortable and as I did not need to plug in my laptop there was no need for something more exclusive. The train arrived on time and so it ambled along to the programmed stops to Zürich, an hour’s journey. We had chosen a carriage near the beginning of the train as that would mean there would be less walking to do in Zürich from platform to platform.

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And on time we arrived at Zürich main station on platform 12. This was all programmed as it meant that we only had to shift to four platforms further on with 20 minutes to spare. Had we followed the official Swiss railway timetable we would have rushed at superspeed and dashed down the escalator to a platform 44 which was laying in un-navigated depths and it would have all become a journey into space and time and we would defintely have missed the connection.

I am armed with a very nice designer stick, but designs do not add speed to a walk, Perhaps people stop to stare and take notice how original it is, but that does not help us to move faster. I am not able to stand up whilst the train is slowing to a stop, as when the train finally applies the brakes with a jolt, it could be that I lose my balance, with or without stick.

We walked onto our next connection which was only five platforms futher and saw our next train finding its way into the station. Mr. Swiss pulled our case into the train and I followed climbing the steps into the carriage one by one and uttering profanities that pehaps our trains could be designed with more thought to walking sticks and golden oldies. Again we were on the search for something moving in the direction of the train destination. This time we had more luck. Zürich is a popular place to go, but Schaffhausen not so much.

This stretch was unknown territory to me so after finding a suitable window seat, opposite Mr. Swiss, I removed my camera from my bag and began to shoot. By the time we arrived in Schaffhausen I had collected the first 20 photos. I am glad to say that the train ambled on its way. I only wished that our Swiss train service paid more attention to cleaning their windows as the photos would have been better.

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After a further hour we ambled into the station at Schaffhausen. Again I waited for the train to stop before I dared to ascend the three life threatening steps to the platform. If I had not left the train, it would have speeded on with me to Stuttgart in Germany as this was a so-called IC train (inter city) and the cities lay all over Europe.

No. 2 son was already similing at me through the train window from the platform when we arrived, so I knew we were there.

Ambling is the only way that Mr. Swiss and I take longer journeys, if at all. Our general idea of going places is the local supermarket and into town. We have a direct train to Bern from Solothurn, which is the capital of Switzerland and a very nice place to visit. The journey is only an hour, and that train really ambles. However, we discovered it must be at least five years since we went to Bern by train. No. 2 son lives in Schaffhausen with his wife and I will become grandmother in a month, so it was time to see the shape of things to come, which is quite a bump at the moment.

Daily Prompt: Ambling Along

Good Morning

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The wanderer has returned. After a week-end away visiting No. 2 son in the village of Wilchingen, which no-one here has ever heard of, I am back. Of course I had to begin this blog with a photo of the main attraction of the area. He lives in Kanton Schaffhausen where the Rhein flows, and that have something called the Rheinfalls: not quite Niagara, but something similar. I will probably be inundating you with photos of the Rheinfalls in the next week.

One photo is not enough I decided. Yesterday evening after we arrived home, we unpacked and relaxed and then I decided to upload my photos. It was a feast for the camera, and I had 220 photos to work on. There were at least 50 photos of the Rheinfalls alone from all angles and close-ups. It is a shame you cannot hear the water rushing down.

When we arrived at the station in Schaffhausen No. 2 son was waiting on the platform. Lunch was already organised and he had booked in at the Rheinfall restaurant where you have a panorarmic view over the falls as you eat.

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The restaurant is the building on the right. As you can see there are plenty of people around. It is a tourist attraction and you hear all languages around you.  The weather was perfect what could be better than having a view of the Rheinfall when eating dinner.

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We chose the meat menu, although there was also a fish menu. There are plenty of fish in the quieter waters of the river nearer to the restaurant. There are so many that they even had a sign showing pictures of the various fish and their names.. not Fred or Joe but the type of fish they were.

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Schaffhausen is on the Swiss borders to Germany. This was not my first time here and I had visited almost 50 years ago the last time when I was fresh in Switzerland. There were many boats ready to take the tourists for a closer look at the falls, but I was happy to sit in the restaurant and view it all from a safe distance.

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All good things come to an end and I left Schaffhausen with a camera full of photos, although it will probably not be a last visit, having a son that lives only a short drive away from the town of Schaffhausen.

Our journey went very well. We had enough time for changing trains in Zürich and there were no delays. My only problem was climbing up the steep stairs onto the train and descending again, knowing which foot to put first, but I had enough helpers on the way

And now I will leave you with a nice close up view of the falls.

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