Good Morning

Morning Sky

Today we have stormy skies and I hear a very distant rumble. Does this mean a break in our hot airless weather. I do not think so, but every little cooling breeze is welcome. It is now raining, just a few drops, an apology for a shower. I hope I am back in the old routine with no unexpected accident, my ear is now thread free, although it looks a little different to the other ear.

Circus Knie 06.08 (10)

An now the circus is in town. I am not really a circus fan, but those that enjoy clowns and all the trimmings, why not. I noticed on our journey to the supermarket yesterday moring that the reserved area was being prepared and the tent was being constructed. Just a quick explanation. Circus Knie is an established family circus for many years in Switzerland, now in the third or fourth generation and it continues from father to son, now daughters, and the family is well known here. They have their Winter quarters on a land tongue on the Lake of Zürich and otherwise during the Spring to Autumn they tour the towns of Switzerland.

I decided this would be a photographic oppotunity and made my way into town yesterday afternoon. When they arrive they take over. The tent and the zoo with their various animals are in one place and the caravans belonging to the artists and workers also need quite a lot of space.

Circus Knie 06.08.2018 (2)

They have been given a large space on the banks of the river Aare for the people emloyed by the cicus. They recruit the workers from villages in Morocco. That is also a tradition and the same families in the villages are employed during the summer months. This gives welcome work to the poorer areas of Morocco and the men a secure job. As I wheeled back in my wheelchair I notice the police had cordoned off my usual path, but I continued all the same although it was a narrow path along the river.

Circus Knie 06.08 (1)

It was a mixture of closely packed caravans with the background of our town of Solothurn complete with cathedral. I really intended to take some photos of the animals, but as the circus had only just arrived the zoo was still closed. That is a separate part and you have to pay an admission fee to get up real close. I gladly pay for the privilege and will probably go again this afternoon to try my luck.

Camels Circus Knie 06.08 (1)

I caught a glimpse of these dromedaries with my zoom lens. It is not very often you see real camels in our little market town.

Sleeping Pig Circus Knie 06.08.2018

As I later wheeled on my way home I notice a few other animals were relaxing in their cars that had been converted to a stable. Mr. Swiss tells me this is a hog, a male pig, and you can see his long tooth. I am no expert, but it is really fun to take a photo of something you do not see every day. I saw no elefants, lions or tigers yesterday, but they have perhaps not yet arrived. They do have them in Circus Knie as I remember once that an elefant escaped in the town of Zürich. I am hoping to see more today.

My cleaning lady is now busy and I should follow her example instead of sitting at the computer. Mr. Swiss just made a surprise return visit as he had forgotten his purse and had no money for the shopping. Oh, the problems of us golden oldies.

See you later, after cleaning a few windows and cooking lunch. Keep safe and may the weather be with you. I will leave you with a curious circus circus llama.

Llama Circus Knie 06.08 (2)

14 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. Great pictures of the animals. Love the hog!


    On Tue, Aug 7, 2018 at 1:15 AM, Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss wrote:

    > angloswiss posted: ” Today we have stormy skies and I hear a very distant > rumble. Does this mean a break in our hot airless weather. I do not think > so, but every little cooling breeze is welcome. It is now raining, just a > few drops, an apology for a shower. I hope I am back” >

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    • Neither am I, but you can get some good photos. The will leave on thursday. The whole town of Solothurn is in the ownership of the circus at the moment.


  2. I was a circus fan until all the news came about how horribly the circuses had been mistreating their animals. After that, most of us refused to go and I think they are now all closed. The horrible things they did to the elephants and other large animals was just indescribable.

    Despite that, I miss the circus. The music and the mood and the trapeze artists and the wire walkers. Not the clowns, though. They can go away and not come back!

    It’s nice that their animals look pretty healthy.

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    • Animals shouldn’t be used for entertainment. I visited the zoo yesterday and their animals were being well looked after with plenty of food and a place to shelter from the sun.


      • When I was little, I hid behind my mother when the clowns came up the line of people waiting to get into the circus. Even without the creepy stories, I had an instinctual dislike of them, and didn’t trust them. Perhaps that has something to do with my inherent dislike of things that are not real.

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