Good Morning

M - Castle Waldegg

It is another wonderful morning in my part of Switzerland, the sun is shining and it looks like it will be a nice warm day, even too hot for some perhaps.

Yesterday we did something completely different. We had lunch at the local castle, Castle Waldegg in Feldbrunnen, Switzerland, just a five minute walk from us, if you can walk normally. Now and again they make a midday table for the golden oldies is our village. We get a form in our letter box and are invited. Mr. Swiss went once many years ago when I was still a working lady and he was already retired. They usually had these lunches at the local schoolhouse, but have now started to have them in the castle.  I had a little change in my morning routine and after breakfast and my good morning blog, I got ready to go shopping with Mr. Swiss. This meant that I had more time at home in the later part of the morning to have a clean through and get ready to go.

Eventually we drove off to the castle. We could have walked it, but it is all uphill and walking is not my thing. I could have done it with the walker, but we parked in the parking lot next to the castle. I knew most of the golden oldies, but we all said it is a shame we never see each other in daily village life. I noticed that when we met, half of us were accompanied by our walkers. They seem to be replacing the walking stick. I left my walker at home and just had my stick. There were about 6-large round tables set for the meal in one of the castle rooms.

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I suppose it is not every day you have lunch with a chandelier hanging from the ceiling. The meal is prepared in the school house in the village and transported to the castle. It began with a lovely mixed salad, including some asparagus and was followed by beef  cooked in a lovely spicy sauce and “Spatzli” which is home made pastry in small pieces boiled and afterwards fried in butter: a Swiss thing. It was followed up with a dessert of strawberry puree and whipped cream. We enjoyed it and had good company at the table from our village neighbours.

We were on the first floor of the castle and I noticed that the door was open to the terrace which is a place I only really see when standing below the castle on my occasional wheelies.

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I naturally took the opporunity to go onto the terrace to see what the world looked like from above. I had my camera with me, of course, you never know.

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At the front of the castle there were some workers replacing the golden coloured balls perched on the pillars outside by crane. Another good opportunity for a few photos. The avenue lined with the trees is my usual route up to the castle.

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I now had a good view of the gardens that are usually hidden behind the walls. I could of course always go inside the castle and walk into the grounds, but have never really bothered. It would be a good idea perhaps for a few photos at ground level.

It was a very pleasant lunch time and we decided to do it again. Of course lunch is not free, but a very reasonable price and there was enough to eat. Everything was perfect, the food, the atmosphere and the table companions. Eventually we decided it was time to go, and all the golden oldies collected their walkers that they had parked in the grounds. I was there by stick and car.

Today is the week-end begin again and if the weather stays I will be out and about again, but just for a wheelie with my camera.

Have a good week-end everyone, see you around.

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23 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. Good morning! Very interesting tour .It’s a nice idea to gather for a lunch in the castle. You can build relationships and meet friends. No such initiative over here. And we are now under a long, dark, rainy storm.

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    • This is only for the golden oldies, grey haired brigade. Most of us know each other from the village but rarely get together. We only meet at the local railway station or nod when we go for walks. On our table there was Mr. Swiss, me a Brit, a half Australian, an Austrian, a Hungarian and a Dutch lady, very international

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  3. My mother also struggles with the walker versus the wheelchair. She has moved on from the cane however. Try to keep with the cane as long as you can would be my advice. I have started using a cane more frequently now particularly when I am in crowds (like at the airport which we are going to do next week ….) which disturbs my wife who sees it as a sign of my aging, but for my own safety I feel it is best. Plus people defer to you and get out of your way, at least here in USA. The one small kindness in an otherwise troubled country at the moment. Very troubled. That is why we started going to Switzerland last year, it is nice just to get away to nowhere in particular where it is just pretty ad people are respectful.

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    • Imam a Brit, but have been living in Switzerland for 51 years. I began using a cane about 3 years ago and got an electric wheelchair when I realised I could no longer manage long distances. After breaking my leg in January I had to have a walker. At home I can now hobble around free legged, providing I can hang on to something in between. Otherwise I basically use my cane, but the walker when I have to transport anything. For shopping I use the walker if Mr. Swiss is with me to push the trolley in the supermarket. My wheelchair is for journeys with my camera

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  4. Everything looks just stunning at the castle and the lunch sounds lovely. I like that you had an international mix at your table. It’s fun to meet people of different nationalities. You have such a great attitude to aging and having to use canes, walkers and wheelchairs. It’s inspiring that you continue to do things you love in spite of limitations. I just love all your photographs.

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    • I knew most of the people but our village is a small one and we have no shops where we might meet now and again, so our village authorities organise stuff. Having MS would restrict me, so I make use of the possibilities I have.

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  5. Lunch in a castle, by invitation only–how very fancy! I’m so glad you were able to take photos. The gardens are beautiful. And the terrace look Moroccan–very pretty. Sadly, we have no castles here….

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    • Our local authorities organise it. There is also a summer outing by coach for the day with lunch and evening meal. Inam not sure if I will,go as it is a complete day and a bit strenuous. The castle often has special exhibitions and is always open to the public

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    • It is not very often I get to the terrace, and only see it from below. I have now discovered that they have a lift, so I might visit now and again. It is really only a 10 minute walk with walker, and a couple of minutes with wheelchair in 3rd gear 🙂

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    • It is a small country, but with four languages and many dialects. I moved to Switzerland 51 years ago on my own from England and have never regretted it

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  6. My organization today consisted of going to the cop shop and explaining the attempt to hack me, filing out a form (this happens a lot) and as it turned out, the cop I was talking to ALSO got hacked, so I told him how to fix his computer. he was going to go buy a new one, but it turns out it is remarkably EASY to fix a PC. Extremely time consuming and annoying, but not difficult. Then putting your machine back together is another couple of days.

    Our town does a little bit of organizing. We went to a lot of it when Kaity was little but our local parade got pretty tiresome once Kaitlin wasn’t interested. I think they brought be fireworks last year — we had them, then they couldn’t afford them — then they raised money and brought them back. Right now, we are raising money for a dog park. And there’s a pancake breakfast at the fire station a couple of time a year and the Veterans of Foreign Wars has a couple of get together. And of course, lot of churches.

    I’m thinking I may start doing a good morning post too. It might almost make up for the missing prompt.

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    • We were talking with the other village golden oldies and all agreed that we have no real opportunity to meet. The village only shop closed 20 years ago through having almost no customers, although it was a place to meet and greet. I have often waited for the local train and got into a conversation with someone. We have about 900 inhabitants in the village. The lunches for the golden oldies are quite good. Everyone dresses for the occasion and as soon as you arrive we introduce ourselves to the others and it is a very friendly atmosphere. They even closed our village post office a few years ago and the old postmaster and his wife were at the dinner. There is also an annual excursion for the elderly. There is also a group that organise a carnival get together and sometimes you get music concerts for the youngsters at the village schoolhouse. I used to attend with my colleagues from the first aid society. That was good fun with the music

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  7. Something that I used to ‘try’ to explain to my crews who worked in landscapes is that gardeners should be discrete. What I meant is that people like to see the gardens, not those who work in them. They did not care, and often ate their lunches out on the patio furniture of the clients, with their Mexican music blaring loudly and very disrespectfully of anyone in the home. It seems that everywhere else, such fabulous gardens that need so much more work than our cheap landscapes are miraculously maintained in secret when no one is looking.

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    • Actually you rarely see the gardeners working in the castle grounds. The grounds have walls around them and at the moment they are renovating a few odd things, the castle has been there since the 18th century. Gardeners are few and far between in the castle and just have a few odd jobs to do now and again and strictly no music.

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      • They probably schedule their work to not interfere with the activities of guest as well. Where I work part time now, we do that to some extent. I do not work outside of the windows of cabins while they are occupied for example.

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