One Word Photo Challenge: Seat

Chair Cemetery 31.08.2018

I found a seat but decided not to sit down. I was in my wheelchair taking a wheelie and happened to be driving through the local cemetery and I saw this lonely chair. The only objects taking a rest on it were some fallen leaves from the local trees. Who needs a chair in a cemetery? There are wooden benches to sit on so why put a metal chair in a corner for no apparent reason. I saw it last week and am wondering whether it will still be there next week: just a forgotten chair.

One Word Photo Challenge: Seat

FOWC with Fandango: Tapestry

Tapestry, Bedroom, Castle Waldegg, Feldbrunnen

Tapestry is something that reminds me of the olden days when the lady of the house, usually a lady that knew nothing about housework, because she had her servants, would sit in the light of a candle in the evening and sew her tapestries whilst the men would do whatever they did in the evening. Strange really, it was always the women that were busy with a creative task and the men probably just smoked their pipe and cigarette or were in a gambling den. I found this tapestry, the only tapestry I know, in our local castle, so it seems that they were busy in the evening. I used to knit and crochet before my computer days, but never really got down to tapestry. I would probably have a finger looking like  pin cushion if I did.

Ornament Garden Feldbrunnen 31.08.2018

On a wheelie in my chair in my village I happened to see this artistic effort on a garden wall. It was a simple glass ball reflecting the contents of the garden over the wall. Just seeing it was nothing special, but after taking the photo and enlarging it I realised it was a little work of art. Of course the ladies in the olden days did not have cameras, just mirrors.

Art surrounds us. Nature paints its own pictures and weaves its own tapestries.

Tree 31.08.2018 (2)

Just a plain tree with a background of a stormy sky is a work of art. And the big bird sitting on the branches? That was the surprise I got when I uploaded the photo. No tapestry is perfect and it is the flaws that make them so unique.

FOWC with Fandango: Tapestry

RDP Tuesday Prompt: Energy

Weissensteinstrasse Mühlegut

This was an energy packed action if there ever was one. The machine is demolishing an apartment block and I was witness to the action beginning last year in July. We were on the way in the car to the local supermarket which is in a neighbouring village. Mr. Swiss was driving and we both were astonished at the work. These apartments were part of growing up for Mr. Swiss. They were built some time in the fifties and his mother moved there with my husband. He was then a teenager and it was his home for many years. Now we both witnessed their destruction in 2017.

Weissensteinstrasse Mühlegut

Every time we passed the buildings a little more was being removed, memories that were being demolished.  It was quite interesting to see how time changes the surroundings and that everything has its life to lead. We used to live in town in a building that originated in the 1930’s. In those days there were thick walls, monumental designs on the outside and you knew that they were built to last.

Corner Schänzlistrasse-Rötistrasse, Solothurn

It is the corner building and we lived on the first floor. It was old building style and perfect for our family with four kids. There was then more traffic passing, but in the meanwhile new roads had been built relieving the pressure. The rooms were large, four bedrooms and a kitchen with enough room for a banquet, not that we ever had one. The building is still there and has even be renovated in the meanwhile to modernise the kitchen and bathroom.

So back to the building demolition. My photos were from last year in July and now we have September this year: and what do we see?

Weissensteinstrasse Langendorf 03.08.2018

The finishing touches are being made and in the meanwhile a new estate has been built, replacing the old buildings. The cranes have now been removed. I imagine that the first families will be moving in at the end of the month: September is moving time in our Kanton. In the meanwhile we have bought our own apartment in a nearby village and we even remember them being built, new roads in the village being constructed and taking walks now and again to see the progress. We never imagined we would buy one of the apartments, but the time came when the kids were growing and more independent and it was time for a change. We moved almost 20 years ago and in the meanwhile even our new apartment was fully renovated on the outside last year: new insulation and newly painted.

Today life passes by quickly and nothing is built to last. I wonder if our block will still be standing in 50 years, but as I will not be standing in 50 years it does not really bother me.

Further down the road

RDP Tuesday Prompt: Energy

Good Morning

Morning 04.09.2018

As you can see today we have a sunny day after a couple of “not knowing what we were getting for weather” days. It did not rain, but somewhere it was hovering in the background. Actually I prefer clouds, they look better on the photos, but blue skies also have their value. It is pleasant outside, perhaps a bit chilly for some, but I am immune to external weather temperatures my Mr. Swiss keeps telling me.

Swan 02.08 (2)

The swans on the local river do not seem to have a weather problem. I met this one the day before yesterday together with her partner. They always appear in pairs, and I read that swans stay together ther whole life, almost human. This was one of those photos of the moment. Generally I am too late with organising the camera for an action photo like this.

Mushroom 02.09.2018

I also saw this strange object on the river bank. When I got closer I realised it was the remains of a mega mushroom, the top half had already been devoured by some sort of animal, but the stalk remained, It is now approaching mushroom time in our area. After the summer flowers disappear the mushrooms arrive. There are all sorts, mostly poisonous, but make good photo subjects.

Today my cleaning lady is with me again. She spent the last two weeks visiting her sister in England and enjoyed it very much, meeting her nephews and nieces. She is actually from Columbia but has spent many years in Switzerland and we speak German together, my Spanish not being so good. I am very lucky to have her. She is reliable and does the job very well. When I was looking for someone I realised that there are enough people that want to clean, but not enough who do such a perfect job. I have been very lucky with Lucia and treasure her work very much.

As I was looking at my photos from the town that I took a couple of days ago, I noticed something very Alfred Hitchcock similar on this photo. It is a view of the various restaurants lining our river bank in town and on the left on the balcony there is a lady dressed in red, a mysterious figure. After zooming in I realised it was a large sized model, but suits the surroundings. Almost like something from a film shot.

And now I should be going, My No. 2 son and his wife with 1 year old son are calling past for lunch on their way to Geneva. They live near Schaffhausen, so they are crossing through Switzerland. Their target is a place called Nyon where there are various cultural sights. I have enough time, but still have to cook and although  a quick visit, I love to see how my grandson is growing. He now takes his first independent steps and will be 1 year old in a couple of days: how time flies.

And now my time is flying so have a good day everyone. I leave you with an Autumn greeeting from my garden. Yes, the sedum is flowering and making a home for the visiting bees.