As I wheeled into town in my chair yesterday afternoon I almost had second thoughts. The Jura had low clouds and there were spots of rain on my chair. Wheeling in the rain is annoying, especially when you have no protection except for a hood on your jacket, and I do not carry an umbrella. I decided wheel on regardless and hoped it was only a few spots. Luckily it stayed calm. Temperatures were bearable when wrapped up and Saturday there might be something happening in town.
It seems the rainy weather was also keeping the people away from a Saturday afternoon shopping experience, although towns seem to be emptying as time goes by and our civilisation is more online that a living thing. If you need something, have a look in internet and order it. You can choose the size and colour and execution and do not have to stand in a queue in the store or wait until an assistant has time for you. And smaller market towns like Solothurn do not have the choice. Every time I am in town there is a shop less and a restaurant or hairdresser more. You cannot get your hair cut online – yet. My iPhone and iPad even tell me weekly how much time I have spent on the computer. I am pleased to say I have reduced it to a mere hour a week and a few minutes.
It is also becoming a paradise for dogs. People always had dogs, but they were usually at home during the shopping trips. As actual shopping is no longer a fact, the dog comes for the walk and if Fido has to wait outside the shop for a few minutes, there is no problem and of course I can take my photos in peace. This dog even looked into the camera.
Talking of dogs I saw this group as I was approaching the entrance to town. I saw two groups actually and they are the local police that seem to be having a dog training walk.
The stores are also getting into the Christmas spirit and this shop window was full of it. I just wonder who buys this stuff, because I do not partake in the carnival atmosphere of the holidays. I have no spectacular tree to decorate, just small artificial tree that we bought a few years ago. Our Christmas tree has become the TV or a book.
The town cake shop really went for it with their window display. this Father Christmas is edible with cream and all the trimmings, a real sweet creation.
Eventually I decided after an hour it was time to go home. I was lucky that the rain more or less stayed away and I did not want to risk getting soaked. I took the quick way home and did not bother with the river bank. I had a meal to cook for the evening. Nothing that needed a lot of work, but it has always been a little tradition with us that the Saturday evening meal is cooked. Afterwards I uploaded my photos and did a little blog. Mr. Swiss now has a few computers he no longers uses, but in quite good condition. He has now given me his Acer, which is the same as mine. He tried to wipe it clean yesterday but I will now do the rest and see if I can take it over with my details. I already have two wonderful machines, but a third one is always good, although I am not going to equip it with my e-mails. I can always get them via internet if necessary. I would just like more space for my photos and I like fiddling around with computers.
I will now move on, although it is Sunday, the week-end. Mr. Swiss thought it was Tuesday this morning. I have now made a point of announcing the day on his computer in the morning to remind him. I do not have such a problem with days, my weakness lays in names. It can be quite embarrassing when someone you know says hello with your name and you hello back and cannot remember their name. We all have our golden oldie moments.
And now to move on, wishing everyone a good day: take it easy and remember it is Sunday, just in case you might forget.
I noticed our local castle was also showing itself from it better side yesterday with the mountains as a background, so took a couple of photos on the way home.