This lonely crow sitting on the scaffolding on the block opposite ours says it all for today. We have a solid grey sky and it rained almost all night, not just rain, but a downpour, a monsoon. We have had so much rain lately that even a news report said that it is a record for Switzerland. The days are following the same pattern. In the morning dull and miserable with perhaps some rain and then brightening up in the afternoon with some sun through to the evening. As soon as you head hits the pillow you hear the drips outside. I was uploading my photos outside on the porch and this crow suddenly appeared. I put my photo chip back in the camera and managed to grab a few photos on top of the 60 I was already uploading. That was really a last minute photo.
Yesterday afternoon I really wanted to get out to make the most of the break in the weather. The cleaning lady was due for her two weekly clean of the kitchen but Mr. Swiss was at home so he found I should go when the weather is stable. I decided to stay near on our side of the village nearer to home in case it began to rain again: no castles or river, although you see the river from a distance, but they have some interesting gardens and there are cows.
I set off in my wheelchair and it is a comfortable ride, all on paved surfaces and no stones or rubble for the wheels to bounce around. At the end of the village, before the forests and agricultural plantations begin, the farmer has his cows. This is really one of those nice picturesque scenes with the hills in the distance which are in front of the Bernese Alps. I was glad to see some cows, as everywhere else in the village the cows have disappeared. My usual cow pastures are empty, although due to the heavy rains we have had I noticed that it was quite muddy for the cows in places, although the mud did not seem to bother them. They still walked around almost knee deep in it.
On my way through the village I met the garbage truck. I had to wheel past and so I took the opportunity of a few action photos. Our garbage trucks are quite clean and our rubbish is collected in containers which fit nicely onto the truck. It is all automated and the garbage men just fix the container to the truck. This was at the beginning of my wheelie. After I had done my round trip and was on my way back home I met the truck again and the garbage man laughed and greeted very friendly.
I noticed on our estate we have beds of sweet pea everywhere, the everlasting sort. They are also in our wild meadow opposite my apartment block. I feel a little guilty because when we move in there were none. I decided to plant some in my hedge to brighten it up. I certainly did, but the seeds spread everywhere and this bed in the photo is opposite our entrance as a result, so it is all my fault.
It was quite a nice little wheelie. I dressed in my t-shirt with short sleeves as I thought it might get a little chilly, but when the sun came out it was burning down as usual.
Have a good day everyone. I will leave you with some mushrooms I found growing beneath a fence to a garden on my wheelie. I do not know if they are edible, they look like champignons, but could also be a poisonous sort. I was surprised to see them.