We have got sunflowers, not just a few but three fields full, so I suppose it would amount to a thousand flower heads, give or take a hundred. The field is on the edge of our town in a small park next to a church. Since last week I have noticed them as we drive on the way to the supermarket and I decided a few fleeting blurry photos were not enough for someone like me that never goes anywhere without a camera, so I took it upon myself to do a wheelie yesterday in my chair to get a few more photos live.
It was a bit further than my usual wheelies, although as I had a target to aim for so I did not waste so much time making other photo stops on the way. I drove in 2nd gear which got me along a lot quicker, I also have a third gear, but did not want to get too risky with the speed over the bumps or get a wheelchair speeding fine from the police. They are everywhere. As I was involved in my sunflower photos a lady speeded past on her bike. It was the neighbour. She recognised me instantly and made the remark “You find Mrs. Angloswiss everywhere with the camera” and laughed. It seems I am becoming well known on my escapades. Every time I leave our apartment in my chair there are always a few neighbours around who give me a wave on my way. Having an illness that needs a wheelchair to get to places is not basically fun, but it is the solution to many of my problems. The main disadvantage are objects that are on the same level or lower than my seat with a railing in between as I cannot get a direct shot and should really stand. I can stand, but it can get complicated when you have to leave your seat, balance yourself with something and shoot (I always have a stick with me attached to the wheelchair, but is not very comfortable).
Actually from the sunflower fields it would only be a couple of minutes into town, but I did not want to spend too much time on my escapade. On the return journey I had to wheel past the local high school where they have the stork nest on a tower, so another opportunity for a few photos.
It seems mum and dad stork now have only one youngster left in the nest, and that is not always there. The other two have flown on to new pastures. Our storks used to migrate to Spain or Africa in summer, but no longer so much. Life seems to be too comfortable in Switzerland.
When I arrived home I felt great, at last I had found some different photo material. I was just a little disappointed that there were no Van Gogh lookalikes painting the sunflowers.
I have now got appetite of travelling to town with my wheelchair, why not? Yesterday evening was spent with uploading more than 100 photos and watering our parched garden. We are now experiencing our first heat wave of the summer. Of course it is not pleasant to sit in temperatures of 30°C, but it will probably be only 1-2 weeks and we can lower the shade on the porch or close the blinds indoors. I laugh when I see the complaints permanently uttered in Facebook mainly by the Brits. They complain about the colder weather, and as soon as they get some cloudless skies with sun and higher temperatures, they are suffering from the heat. All I can say is grin and bear it, they will survive. I now have a wheelchair sun tan: brown arms and neck and brown knees. I have also got brown legs, but the sun really hits the knees when you are sitting. I am probably lucky to be one of those people that do not burn in the sun.
And now to move on. There is a Sunday meal to cook, some tidying up to do and enjoy life. I will leave you with some daisies in one of the neighbours gardens. She really has a great show this year. Have fun, keep safe and do not complain about the heat so much, it will pass and we will soon be freezing and soaked when the monsoon and storms arrive.