RDP Wednesday: Sport

Me in Wheelchair

Sport? Of course, I am the champion wheelchair rider. This photo is from last winter. Luckily we had no snow, it was just cold, otherwise I might have had to put chains on the wheels to get a good grip. Note the gloves. That is part of the winter equipment. I was then a beginner, I only had the chair for a couple of weeks and was still in training. I kept to the flat paths and never went above the first gear, taking it slow.

As time went by my confidence grew and I was going to places with stony surfaces, up and downhill. I conquered the river bank. I was becoming a professional and even used the higher gears on the chair. For the first few months I stayed in the slow speeds but now and again I got daring and progressed to the second level. I was still wheeling in the village, but realised that I should make progress and try other territories.

The road to town was not far, but there was one hazard.

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The path became quite narrow because of the church, but undaunted I continued and this was no problem for an experienced wheelchair rider like myself. I overcame this obstacle and afterwards I was free, on my way to town. This was a breakthrough in my career, there was no stopping me.

I would then often enter town during the week and was ready for everything. I visited the local trade fair, the cheese days where the town was taken over by cows, even the Harley Davidson days were conquered. I could do it all. When I cross the road all the traffic stops for me, I am the King of the Road, Queen actually. I even have a horn on my chair, as well as lights showing if I turn right or left. I whizz past everyone and leave them all standing admiring my talent. If I see a policeman I naturally slow down, I do not want to get a ticket for speeding.

RDP Wednesday: Sport

Daily Inkling: Bottled Dreams

You’re dreaming of a beach. On the shore you find a bottle with a rolled up sheet of paper, and it’s addressed to yourself. What is the message it contains, word-for-word?

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And a bottle came floating past. Another crime against humanity. Fish are suffocating on plastic, the oceans have more plastic than water. Everyone is trying to save the world and now we have an empty cola bottle in the local river. This one probably didn’t have room to mix with the other bottles in the sea. I am glad Switzerland does not have a coastline, otherwise there would be more of this junk in our lakes.

Just a minute, my name is on the bottle and there is a letter inside the bottle. Typical, the powers that brought about this misery, now want to put the blame on me. I did not throw this bottle in the river. I will do my duty.

And so I fished the bottle out of the river, and carried it to the bottle bank in the village. Read the letter in the bottle? No way, none of my business, it is all fake news.


Daily Inkling: Bottled Dreams

FOWC with Fandango: Prompt

Daily Prompts

There was a time when we received a daily prompt
I always wrote something, although was often stomped
Twas another brick in the wall of ideas to write and compose
But then the wall collapsed on us, the reason nobody knows
They said it would be coming to an end but the wall would still be there
We could write on all the old ideas although that was not fair
You had a computer, an empty screen but needed ideas to write
Where were your friends whose thoughts you read, they disappeared out of sight
And then the human survival strain began to take effect
Bloggers united became active, the idea was perfect
Suddenly prompts appeared everywhere, we were spoilt for a choice
I was hopping from prompt to prompt all day and now I could rejoice
The wall is gone no longer there, the tiles are crumbling down
A cold wind blows throughout the land, it has become a ghost town

FOWC with Fandango: Prompt

Good Morning

Morning Sky

The planes have been designing our sky this morning, although a few floating mists have also added to the patterns. It is only 4°C this morning, and I am now sitting in the kitchen with my blogging. It is 8.am and already we had a ring on the doorbell, only once. As I am only clad in my night attire Mr. Swiss had a look. We live ground floor, meaning that maintenance workers that have to enter the building ring at the nearest bell available which is ours. It seems that our lift shaft has water again at the bottom and they are clearing it out. Just ring at Angloswiss they always let you in. Yesterday someone rang making a surey about the Euro lotto millions. We sent them away with the remark “no interest”.

Loreto Chapel 16.10.2018

Otherwise I took a wheelie into town yesterday afternoon. The weather was still late summer, although we have October. I went the back way into town and drove through what I call “the religious part” because it is full of monasteries, churches and chapels. This is our so-called Loreto chapel in the middle of fields. During the summer the fields were full of sunflowers, but they were harvested last month for their sunflower oil production from the seeds.

I also wheeled onto where my No. 1 son works to see how he was doing.

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I knew he was working outside at the moment doing a painting job, but I was surprised when I saw he was hugging a tree (although he did the hugging bit for the photo). He was helping to clear Autumn away and the tree had almost been taken over by ivy, so he was removing it.  No. 1 son is autistic, but his boss told me he has absolutely no problem in climbing to high places. He usually works on the machines in the factory and again has never had an accident, where others might have cuts or worst on their hands. He just has his routine and sticks to it.

Cockatoo 16.10.2018

His boss’s pet cockatoo Otto was also watching the work perched on a fence. He is always there, and after the fence he transferred to the shoulder of the boss. I am glad that my son has such a good understanding boss.

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I wheeled on into town and saw that one of the hotels was being renovated. I pointed my camera and these two saw me so gave a thumbs up sign and I waved back. It was not really my intention to take a photo of them, but some things are just irresistable arn’t they?

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Our oboe playing music student was again in town colleting money for his studies at the music school and I must say he really plays well. He had his little box for sales of his CD and money collection, and the usual recorder with the accompanying music. I remember he was playing “Yesterday” from the Beatles and I was surprised how good it sounded on the oboe.

I eventually wheeled on home along the river.

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Again I met a swan, but as soon as he/she saw my camera it took a dive. Either it was camera shy or saw something edible below, probably the second choice.

Today is a shopping day, the list is made on my phone notes and so I am almost ready to go. Just a bit of this and that in the apartment and a shower and nothing stops me. Keep safe everyone and enjoy the day as much as you can.

And here is my photo of the day from yesterday. there were so many leaves falling from the trees, I had to be carful not to be hit by one, but wouldn’t that be a great photo and yes, I did it. I held the camera and pressed the button and I captured one falling leaf. Ok, you have to look for it, it is on the left, but it is an Autumn action photo. Must try for a few more.

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