FOWC with Fandango: Leave

In the air - View over the Thames

I knew this was the last time that I would leave London behind me. The river Thame spread out below with its familiar curves and warehouses belonging to the dockland area: the place in the East End where I grew up with its old houses built at the turn of the century and now replaced by blocks of apartments. Where there was one home, a tower of many had replaced it in the same place.

After 50 years of back and forth, almost annually, it was time to say goodbye. I no longer had a close family in London, I had just paid my last visit to say goodbye to my dad, who was now no longer.

I said goodbye to my schoolfriend of many years who always welcomed me to her home when I arrived, knowing that chances were very narrow that we would meet again, only by internet. We are both the same age, just 4 days apart, and the years have caught up on both of us.

I said goodbye to my roots, to the London where I grew up. Today a modern new city, no longer showing the ruins of the last world war, where nature tried to take over the sites of bombed houses and their gardens that had begun to run wild. It does not even smell like my London today.

It used to be concrete and now  has become a city of glass and plastic and high rise buildings, that I no longer recognise.

It was my last journey, no longer to be made. One day I left home 50 years ago for another country, and now 50 years later I was leaving again but this time forever.


FOWC with Fandango: Leave

RDP Tuesday: Walk

Estate 16.10.2018

It’s the easiest thing in the world, one foot after the other
There is nothing to think about, even if you are a grandmother
I used to go for walks, along the paths and holding hands
with Mr. Swiss together, we were really walking fans
And now the years have passed, our legs have become too weak
The joints no longer do what they should, they begin to creak
I decide to get some air, and so I sit in my chair
Wheeling around the surroundings without a serious care
I used to take the bus to arrive to where I am going
but even that is difficult, my movements are not flowing
Have you ever spared a thought about people using a helper
one step after the other, there is no helter skelter
A child springs into the path and makes you feel unsure
Will it jump right or left? You are feeling insecure
Why is that lady walking funny? A question often asked
Their mother does her best to explain as she is walking past
I stand there helpless, hobbling along, if only I could walk
Just as it all used to be, without the silly talk
I wish I could do it again, as it all used to be
One step after the other, and I was feeling free
But everything goes in slow motion, I am feeling  insecure
It wasn’t always this way, my footsteps were once so sure
Eventually the ordeal is over, I arrive again in the car
And then we drive off home together, the journey is not far
At home I am feeling safe again, by gripping walls and chairs
I have a walker and a stick, in control of all my affairs
Perhaps you really have no time and have other work to do
But now I have all the time in the world, walking is now askew

 RDP Tuesday: Walk

Good Morning

Jura 26.11 (3)

Now and again I saw a little bit of Jura mountain peeping through the mist, but only now and again. The rest was wishful thinking and the clouds closed in on us.


But I did something yesterday to brighten up my home life, as I realised that the only time I could break out yesterday would be the usual trip to the supermarket. I was missing a schlumbergera at home, the so-called Christmas cactus. The one I had we not a great hit, and throughout the summer it lost some of its leaves and was generally hanging its head. I decided this year to get a new one, although the store did not have a great variety. Red ones were non existent so I got myself the one in the photo. Of course it has buds now, they sell them with buds. I just hope I will not kill it with kindness and it will multiply and grow this year.


I also have an amaryllis, one of the white alpine variety. I had one last year, but it toppled and fell and never really recovered again, so I binned it eventually. I am hoping this will be a success and grow. Two buds have already appeared. I will keep an eye on this one and hope it does not lose its balance. After it finishes flowering I will put it outside when the warmer weather arrives and feed it and water it. It will produce a lot of leaves and next year I am hoping it will again flower.

Christmas trees

I noticed at the supermarket outside yesterday that the Christmas trees are now ready and waiting, although end of November is a little early for a Christmas tree. The wrapping machine is poised to swallow the trees, and afterwards it will be neatly packed in a nylon net. I do not regret not having a Christmas tree myself, I do not have the room and my cat would probably find it to be a new extension of his cat tree for gymnastic exercises.

Solothurn Museum

As we drove past our local museum yesterday morning on the way to the store I saw this groups of Kindergarten children outside with their teacher. I assumed they were having a morning with a difference and having a look at what our museum has to offer.

My shopping expeditions are taking longer as by the time we are both ready to go it gets later. Mr. Swiss is no longer as fast as he was, and we both hobble around with our sticks and my wheeler. Generally I deposit him in the restaurant or on a bench whilst I do the action, but I am also getting slower. He is due for a cataract operation in a couple of months. His sight is no longer as it was and so the time has come for me to go shopping on my own with the car. Although I have MS I am still allowed to drive the car. When I do my own thing, I find it a lot easier to complete the quest. I do not drive with Mr. Swiss next to me as he makes me nervous, but driving alone is less a problem.  I just refuse to let this MS thing take over my life as it wants to. I can clean at home and cook. My main problem is walking longer distances, which is no longer possible, but for that I have an electric wheelchair. I have been doing the shopping on my own for at least a month as I have the trolley to lean on and it works well for me. I like to roam around on my own in the shops.

Today is cleaning lady day and she is busy with the work, so I should now make myself busy with cooking lunch. See you around later and do your best to enjoy the day.

Flower Shop Hauptgasse Solothurn 24,11,2018 (1)