A Photo A Week Challenge: Details

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I chose part of the gate of our local castle Waldegg, up on the hill in our village. The castle was built some time in the 18th century and was used later as the residence for the french ambassador in Switerland as his summer residence. It now belongs to the Kanton and used for concerts. You can also have your wedding reception there. It is a popular place for wedding photos after the ceremony.

Now and again the senior citizens of our village are invited for a Friday lunch. We pay for it, but a very reasonable price and the food is good. I have been once up to now but am looking forward to the next time. It is very comfortable to eat lunch in a castle. Just to give an idea, here is the complete castle.

Castle Waldegg, Feldbrunnen

A Photo A Week Challenge: Details

One Word Photo Challenge: Seal


Sorry, but this was the best I could manage, and he only costs 11.90 Swiss Francs in the local supermarket. I had a look in the toy department and found my seal. Actually he looks quite lively for a stuffed seal. Unfortuately Swiss rivers  and mountain lakes have no yet managed to produce seals.

One Word Photo Challenge: Seal

Friday RDP: Absent

St. Niklaus garden

It was a rainy morning and I really did not bargain on a wheelie in my chair this afternoon, although I had a little purpose in my journey. If I could manage to go places, I wanted to take a few photos of our local castle for a challenge in WordPress, although I combine my photographic purposes with anything that might cross the lens. On the way I wheeled past this garden in the top half of the village. It was empty, the chidren’s playground was deserted but what did I see. They had a Mowey, the same as ours, and it was mowing the lawn all on its own: wheeling backwards and forwards murmuring with a Mowey voice as it continued. Now and again the slide was in the way and he tried to ignore it by giving it a push, but it didn’t work, so Mowey changed his direction and continued on his lonely way. It was almost like something from a science fiction novel.

St. Niklaus

I continued on my way and did not meet one single person or hear anything. I was alone. Had we been invaded by extra terrestrials that had captured the village population? The only movement in the village were the various mowing machines. Perhaps they were possessed and were the new intelligence.

We also have a Mowey, but he is now redundant since our lawn refused to grow and began to die. Perhaps we are one of the lucky ones. Our lawn was protecting us from the Moweys which were slowly conquering the population. We are planning to have our lawn removed and just in time. Our Mowey supplier told us that our model is no longer being sold. This should have bee a warning. We asked why, but somehow the supplier avoided a clear answer. It was discovered that the smallest version made too many mistakes. Perhaps they became people mowers and the missing population had become garden fertiliser, small human pellets in a large sealed plastic bag.

There is a silence in the air you could cut with a knife.


I do not like the way Mowey is sitting there. He has chewed all the surrounding grass. What is he planning now?

Friday RDP: Absent

Good Morning

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I was determined to get into town yesterday afternoon, come what may. It did not look so promising when I left home with an overcast sky, but at least it was not raining and temperatures were bearable. My first view when I wheel along is the Jura mountains across the main road to Solothurn, our town down the road which was my target. I wanted to go the day before, but we had a rain shower and sitting in a wheelchair you are exposed to the elements.

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I arrived at my target, which was to see the new developments of the building for our town trade fair. My No. 1 son goes through town every day after work and reports on the new developments. We have never had such a tower before, so it was worth a few photos. It all looks quite strange with the background of the town walls. This part is all being built on the old moat. Strange to think that it was all once filled with water, but more in the middle ages to keep the enemy out, which were probably the inhabitants of the non-catholic Kantons. Religion seems to have quite a war history, and we have still have not learnt anything in the meanwhile.

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It seems that women’s equality as now reached the building trade and I noticed this lady was also doing her part of building the various pavillions. She might even be in charge. It looks like there will be part of the fair built in wood at the entrance and I am now getting curious as to how it develops. I am hoping they make it all a bit wheelchair friendly as I would really like to pay a visit when it is finished, with my camera of course.

Gurzelngasse 30.08.2018

I wheeled on into the old town. This is on the west side, with the Bieltor (tower) which points towards the french speaking part of Switzerland. Biel is about half an hour away by road and has a 40% french speaking population.  Again we have the fairly narrow roads (paved by bumpy cobblestones) and the style of shutter on the windows and the street lamps on the building fronts. I wold add it is all electric, just nostalgic copies.

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There was a lady feeding the bird life of the town, so there were a few pigeons around who had already eaten their food, and sparrows who were still gathering their trophies.

After spending an hour with my camera in town I made my way home. I usually cross our bicycle bridge for the other side of the river and cross back again on a very good path on our other bridge which runs beneath the road bridge. It was then I spotted the swan family. They were at a distance, but as luck would have it, as I began to cross the bridge that swam below and I managed to get some really good close-up photos.

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I took many photos of them, about 40, but chose this one to show that some of the kids were still in their brown feather dress, although others were now mottled. They still swim around with the whole family together. I find swans are such devoted creatures. The adults are always in pairs, and it seems they mate together for many years.

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On my way home along the river bank I met this pair standing on some stones in the river and again I stopped for a few photos.

And now I must go. I overslept this morning, yes even golden oldies do that. Mr. Swiss also overslept: not that we have an important appointment, but we do have some cleaning to do and a shopping trip for the week-end. I hope you are having a good day and managed to awake in time. How comes that a golden oldie has problems with a sleep in – no idea, must be in the genes.

I hope you are all wide awake and ready to go or having a good sleep, keep safe. I will leave you with a photo from one of the town windows of this years geraniums.

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Thursday Prompt: Teleport


On a full moon night I like to teleport
I saddle my trusty broom and polish up my wart
Some call me a witch, others get a scare
It might be my pointy hat that causes them to stare
I take my feline with me, he meows and is jet black
On the way he catches flies, they serve him as a snack
We all meet at the graveyard and then we have a dance
Round the various gravestones, we go into a trance
The broom head was struck by lightening, burning with a flame
And then I dived into a pond to cool it down and tame
I did not sink and did not drown, witches always survive
I am now 500 years old and still awake and alive
If you see me at halloween, then I only want a treat
I only eat the jelly eyeballs, so make sure they are sweet

Thursday Prompt: Teleport

Not so Good Morning

Morning Clouds

How wil the weather be today? I am not very pleased with it at the moment, because it is very indecisive. Yesterday afternoon I was ready for a wheelie in my chair to go into town. I was looking forward to it as I noticed there were some interesting constructions being made for our Autumn Fair as we were on our way to the supermarket.

HESO 29.08.2018

It looked interesting and I intended to get a closer look in the afternoon. So I got ready and as I left the appartment yes, it began to rain. It was a little cloudy, but not so bad and I thought it might stop in a few minutes, but it did not and so I returned and decided to forget the whole thing. Half and hour later no rain and even a little sun, but it was too late, so I was a stay at home person.

Another little problem was that my photos, which I have cancelled from the camera in the meanwhile, are missing. I must have forgot to upload them onto my online files and I only have two on my computer. Ok, nothing special, just a few from the supermarket visit, but I could have used a couple this morning.

And so it is a short offer this morning. I have now lost time searching for photos that I probably forgot yesterday.


All I can manage is one of my camera phone photos I took in the flower shop at the supermarket, the other photos seem to be non-existant. Problems of a forgetful golden oldie not doing what she should on the computer.

I am now off, out of desperation of being able to write something else. I have some cleaning to do and lunch to cook and I hope that the weather will behave today and let me out this afternoon. Travelling in a wet wheelchair is not fun and better to avoid.

I hope your day is progressing better than mine at the moment – a very disappointed Angloswiss with not much to say.

Storm Clouds

Flower of the Day: 29.08.2018 Rhododendron

Rhodedendron 29.04.2018

In our village just across the road, there is a very old large house that belonged to a doctor  and his family. He lived there many years, grew old and passed away. Now the house is empty but is still standing and his beautiful garden which is full of rhododendron bushes. The bushes are still there but this year might be the last year I see them flower and can take photos. The house might be sold and demolished. Land becomes more important than the memories built on it as time goes past.

Flower of the Day: 29.08.2018 Rhododendron