After two weeks of heat wave weather with sun, fun and almost nothing to do, although we had to water the garden quite often, it is now monsoon time in Switzerland. The aircraft in Zürich are grounded at the airport due to high winds, torrential rain and thunder and lightening, although I am not really flying anywhere. My garden is now getting what it needs, rain: note the continuous stream of water flowing from above the entrance on the left. I am quite happy with this weather, can now take it easy and enjoy.
Yesterday marked a milestone in my abilities as a wheelchair driver. For some time I have really wanted to get to the edge of town where we have an aviary to take a few photos. I have never been there since being a licensed wheelchair expert, and now I can take the camera with all the lens. It is in an area outside the town gate with attached park.
There was one small thing bothering me on this journey. On the main sidewalk there is a church in the way. This church was probably built in the days before there were electric wheelchair drivers to take into consideration, and I wondered if there would be space enough to drive through without having to leave the safety of the sidewalk and drive into the road. I was wrong, there was plenty of room to wheel past. Our gothic ancestors were prepared for the future it seems.
I then had to tackle a downward and upward slope in the underground tunnel to get to the other side of the road. I decided if the chicken arrived safely after crossing the road, so can I. I arrived at my target and just had to cross a side road which was nicely sloped for wheelchairs. I could have gone on for a few seconds and actually entered the old town, but decided to keep that for another time. We do not want to overdo it. I noticed that in second gear in the chair I can do this in a quarter of an hour, quicker than if I walked it..
There were not as many birds there as I expected in the aviary. The budgerigars had disappeared and so had the ducks. I think it is because of the hot summer weather probably and they had retired to their backroom where it is cooler. However, I found this interesting specimen, as well as a canary.
I was quite proud of myself for reaching the town with the wheelchair and it was another obstacle conquered.
Next to the aviary there is a large pond and it has become quite attractive in hot weather for mothers with their kids for a paddling opportunity. I am getting to know another side of life in my area. As I go along our local river, almost every spare place between the trees on the banks are occupied with youngsters either laying in the sun or having a dip in the river to cool down. Our local river is quite safe for swimming if you stay near the edge. It is a part of local summer life I never really knew.
I do not really look at the time when I am on the way. Mr. Swiss is at home. Poor man has back problems and can also no longer walk so well. He can manage, but town is too far. I decided to take the route home along the river bank, as we live quite near the river. The only ducks I saw was this grebe type of thing. The swans were all together further up river having some sort of celebration, and too far for a good photo.
I eventually arrived home safe and sound and decided the next journey will be into town. I even have aspirations on wheeling to my supermarket which is in the next village, I can do it. In super sonic speeds it takes no time whatsoever.
In the meanwhile my cleaning lady is busy at home, the reason why I am always a little later on Tuesday with my good mornings. Enjoy the day wherever you are, see you around later after I have cooked lunch and cleaned some windows – I know I am always cleaning windows. I will leave you with a flower bed I saw in the town garden yesterday.