Photo Challenge: Peek

Railway 30.10 (4)

On Monday this week we were ready to leave our little Swiss village for a trip to the local store in another village and the train barriers came down in front of our car. We were sitting and waiting, and naturally I prepared my camera for a shot of the local train as it whizzed past. I took about 4-5 shots, but most of them disappeared into the happy photo hunting grounds except for one.

So here is the driver’s cabine of the “Bipperlisi” peeking through as it heads onto further pastures. The name of the train is locally known, the end station being Niederbipp, which comes after Oberbipp. The place is full of Bipps.

Photo Challege: Peek

Daily Prompt: We are surrounded by Mysteries

Life is full of mysteries, so I will not try to solve the eternal mystery of why on the first of the month, mostly, our pingbacks do not work. This time it is 1st November and I suspect that the spirits of the cyberworld have not yet returned to their graves, and are still making the most of the halloween night.

Iron Man

I have my own private mysteries to solve, because since becoming a golden oldie I am constantly forgetting where I put certain important objects, although I am glad to say that Mr. Swiss spent some time this morning searching for his car key only to find it where it should be.

Now I have a mystery object outside on my porch next to this wall. I took a photo and was please to see no ghostly apparitions appearing on the camera lens, although it could have become the photo of the year.

The wall is the boundary between my garden and a bordering path. It is a high wall, but not wide and you can see that a hedge begins to grow next to it. Our builders have now left us forever, I think) but now and again we have the visit of an isolated painter, clad in his white overall. He is a wall person and has taken great interest in this wall since Monday. It used to be a clean white wall until he arrived and it now has brown stains. There are two more walls on the other side of the appartment, very similar.

Unfortunately I have a window next to these walls and the painter man, who is not painting, sprays water on my walls daily from a hose. That is why the wall now has brown stains.  The water arrives in a spray and also attacks my clean, spotless windows. They are no longer spotless but have traces of water drops on them. After questioning this lonely painter, he told us that he was cleaning the wall, because it will be painted, in a darker shade of green than all the other greens. OK, it’s his job, so what do I want to say. Mr. Swiss did mention that everytime he sprays the wall he also sprays my windows. He gave a very wise answer and ignored the question, one of those unanswered questions. I do not think he is talking to us at the moment.

I noticed the next day when he returned to spray the wall for the third time, he left more water traces on my windows than before – were his feelings hurt, always being the target of our summer of discontent.

Another mystery is the appearance of the metal sleeving resting next to the wall.

Iron man

Are they perhaps planning a re-make of the film “Wizared of Oz”, this being part of the costume for The Tin Man? It would fit perfectly from the shoulder down to the wrist. I remember it appeared two weeks ago before the scaffolding was removed. Perhaps The Tin Man was one of the builders, and left his arm behind. I asked Mr. Swiss if we could use such a piece of metal, and he is still thinking about it.

Otherwise it was a peaceful day today being All Saints Day. As far as I know there were no missing persons at the local graveyard, so it seems everyone returned to their own graves.

Daily Prompt: We are surrounded by Mysteries

Good Morning


A nip in the air, as my mum would say, a cold misty morning, but the sun is rising somewhere in the east, or at least thinking about it. I was also thinking about rising this morning, but it was so comfortable hugging the bed. The first job of the day was changing the bed linen, although we do it together more or less. I am just not so good at hopping around, so my partner does that bit.

Road to Niederbipp

Yesterday I escaped once again to the realms of Niederbipp this time, although it was almost Oensingen. Out on the country roads to visit the place where they sell or rent aids for the handicapped. My movement problems due to MS, especially walking and not falling, are not improving. I can still move around inside my own 4 walls without very much assistance as I do not exactly live in a palace with large sized rooms and high ceilings. However, as soon as I am out of the door in the fresh air, dangers lurk everywhere. This coupled with the problems of taking extended walks, lead me to the conclusion that I should do something about it.

We arrived at the place, a very roomy showroom and got my first shock when I saw wheelchairs for a price of a smaller car. However, this was just the initial impression. The young lady that attended to me was very helpful. It was individual assistance and we all sat down and discussed my needs. She also came to the conclusion that an elecric wheelchair would be my solution and showed me a few models that were not exactly formula 1 racing wheelchairs. We soon settled for a model and I made a test run around the building and afterwards outside as they had a spacious parking lot which had almost no cars. I was totally enthusiastic. This was the life – with the controls all on the righthand side, and even a horn to warn the others to go to one side, it was ideal. Afterwards we spoke about individual additions I might need. I even have a small rücksack hanging on the back, ideal for various camera lens.

I can reach a speed of 10 kilometers and hour, although this will come with training. I can also raise the seat if necessary, all electronic. When the battery is loaded I have a kilometer distance of about 40, but as I am not planning to do a tour of Switzerland, that will be enough. It would easily get me to the next town and back with kilometers to spare. The chair will be delivered when available and I will be instructed once again when it arrives.

I know no-one wants a life in a wheelchair, least of all me, but you have to face up to the realities of life. My MS does not improve with age, and I do all I can to keep up my qualities of life as far as I can. I am perhaps lucky to live in a country where we have a good care system. Of course an electric wheelchair is not cheap, but I am not getting younger and “I cannot take it with me” as they say.

Road to Niederbipp

It was a very sunny afternoon as we passed some good scenery on the way. I refrained from taking photos when we departed, as we were more concentrated in finding the right road, but today with all these electronic navi attachments, you just follow the map. On the way home I was in action and here you see Bipp castle, at the foot of the Jura moutains. I did not even know that Niederbipp had a castle, but you learn all sorts of things when you take a trip into the unknown.

Road to Niederbipp

We had a good view of the range of the Jura peaks on the way. The peak with the spike on top is our local Weissenstein mountain.

Today is a day of rest in Switzerland. The halloween evening passed quietly, no tricking or treating. It is now All Saints day and the idea is to visit the cemetery and visit a few departed. I will not be going, too many people, almost like market day in town. The shops are closed and the cupboard is full. Today is a holiday, oh I forgot, everyday is a holiay when you are a golden oldie.

Take care, keep well and make the most of your computer.