Good Morning

Solothurn Aare South

Yesterday I did it. After touring around locally in my wheelchair I went into town. I have visited various outside parts up to now, but I had not ventured into the core of the town of Solothurn, the old original part. The streets have been cobbled in the meanwhile and I was wondering how my steel horse would manage with the bumps, but it went quite well.

Wippet 22.07 (1)

Silly me did not take any photos of the paving, but a lady was going for a walk with her whippet dog in town and she proudly let me take a photo, so you can see what I had to contend with on the surface. The dog had no problems, neither did I. I just had to get used to the best mehod of travelling over the ups and downs.

Actually I was quite proud of myself, and now there are no holds barred. I can go everywhere and see everything. The old town of Solothurn has no traffic on Sundays, which was even better: just a few arrivals at hotels with taxis are allowed and they are few and far between.

St. Urs Fountain

It was good to get a little closer with the camera to various objects. This is the St. Urs fountain on the main square in town with a restaurant building in the background. Solthurn has 11 fountains, all in the same decorative style but I must admit I do not know which one is which. Solothurn has 11 of everything. I do not know if it was coincidence or by chance, but it is called the Solothurn number. By the way this is the fountain where the students are christened when they get their names. My son was one of them many years ago. It was Saturday evening. He arrived with the other students in a procession dressed in his bathing trucks and with a dressing gown. Afterwards there is a sort of speech and then he is pushed into the fountain and he got his student name. He joined the students union from the high school when he was a teenager. Today he is 44 years old but is still a member. There are some things a mother does not forget.

Zeughaus Solothurn 22.07.2018

I think this is the Mauritius fountain which is in front of our old armory building. The building is now a museum with various old weapons and suits of armor  showing relics of the various Swiss wars. There are always tourists somewhere in the way when you take a photo.

Jesuit Church Solothurn 22.07 (5)

Being an area where the Roman Catholic religion is predominant, we have many churches, as well as a cathedral. I often wonder how they managed to fit them all in in the small spaces available.

River Aare 22.07 (2)

There were many people taking a swim in the river, or floating on their dingies. I never realised how the river is used so much in the summer months. There seems to be a new transport method: something like a big water ski to stand on with a pole to move it. I saw quite a few of these on the river, and this was in the middle of town.

Swan 22.07 (4)

I wheeled my way home along the river path as my village is the next one along and I decided to combine convenience with a some photos. Ducks were scarce and I only saw a pair of swans. There were so many people campint on the river banks and swimming in the river that I think the ducks decided  to leave the humans to it.

I eventually arrived home, parked my wheelchair and spent time on the computer with various blogs and uploading the photos of the day. Mr. Swiss began to water the garden and we noticed it was raining, so that was another job saved.

Today is again a nomal Monday. No. 1 son is back and had his first work day after two weeks holiday. We have a shopping trip to enjoy and who knows, perhaps I might be on my way again this afternoon, but it will be somewhere around the village.

Hollyhock 22.07 (3)

I noticed the hollyhocks were flowering in the garden at the edge of town in various colours, so of course took a few photos.

And now I really must go, there is work waiting to be done. Even golden oldies have to do something with the day. I trust you all have a good beginning to the week, see you around some time later.

24 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. We have that here, too–SUP–Stand Up Paddling. They even have yoga classes out in the water on the paddleboards. Looks very peaceful, but I am sure I would distract the class with my splashing around. You are truly the woman about the town. The photos are wonderful.

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    • I have never seen them before, but I am not sure if I could have done it. You would have to be a water rat and I definitely am not. But a very good way of having fun and negotiating the river

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    • The wippet just arrived. I have a friend that had two wippest, now only one, but they were also racing dogs when they were younger. I stopped going places when I realised I was slowing down, but since having the electric wheelchair I get around much better.

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  2. Some beautiful views of your town! I love the hollyhocks, too. I used to have a lot of them, but one summer, they all died at the same time. I don’t know if something happened to the soil or maybe they just neede replanting, but they were beautiful, especially mixed with the lilies.

    Your first picture of your town over the river is quite spectacular.

    I’m glad your chair works even on cobblestones. I have trouble walking on them, so I’m pleased and surprised.

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    • It was the first time I went into the heart of the town. Having a wheelchair is not the best thing to have to rely on, but I can now take all the lens with me and the camera and use them as they should be used. Our hollyhocks seem to reproduce themselves, we never know where they will appear the following year. I realise now how much I have missed taking photos in the town, there is so much to see. My chair works OK, it just gets a bit bumpy now and again. Sunday was an ideal day to go in the afternoon, I almost had the town to myself.


  3. I always loved Solothurn; and of course, where there’s water, I’m good…. 🙂
    What stroke me then and even now is how Solothurn kept it’s rather firm Catholisism. And I like that it’s a bilingual town, also not too large and too busy but offering a lot of what one might need on a daily/weekly basis.
    Lovely photos – including the hollyhocks. They won’t grow here – and what grew so far is now dying fast. Can’t keep up with the watering and am only surprised that so far watering the gardens and washing the cars hasn’t been forbidden. Although they might and I just didn’t know….

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    • Solothurn is very much Catholic, which is quite good for taking photos. We are not so bilingual, that begins half an hour away in Biel. It is a market town, not too big and not too small, although I am not too keen on the idea of having cobblestones everywhere, a bit bumpy for the wheelchair.
      My hollyhocks are growing quite well in the garden. They replant themselves every year.

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