FOWC with Fadango: Caricature

Joke 28.11.2017

I think sometimes it would be nice if dinosaurs still existed. Most of them were vegetarian, so you were all safe from them, and humans did not live then. Of course it might be that one of them accidentally put his foot on a human, just like we might stamp out the life of an ant, or fly. If we had existed at the time, we would probably have wiped them out in any case. Imagine a Christmas dinner with a stuffed dinosaur, it would have fed the whole village. No Christmas shopping for turkeys,

And as dad said to his son, everything is in the future. What a shame they had to die so soon.

FOWC with Fadango: Caricature

RDP Wednesday: Tradition

Alte Zeughaus weihnachts Calendar 25.12 (1)

Our local town of Solothurn in Switzerland introduced the tradition of decorating our old Arsenal by changing the windows into pictures resembling a Christmas Calenendar. Daily in the Christmas month, a new window was uncovered. It seems that there would be 24 windows ready to accommodate the festive photos. This year I followed its development with various wheelies into town in my chair and after a pause over the last week, I again went into the town with my camera yesterday and got the complete calendar. You can also see the St. Mauritius fountain on the right.

The building used to be for keeping weapons for the army, but a new building replaced it just outside of town where the soldier’s rifles are stored. Today it is a museum showing the old armour and weapons of the days gone by.

Armoury, Solothurn

Although Switzerland is a neutral country if there is a war, the borders are still protected and every able bodied man (and woman on a voluntary basis) are soldiers, doing their annual 3 week service. These relics are from the past wartimes.

Armoury, Solothurn
You meet this little guy when you enter the museum. People seem to have been smaller in the olden days, but do not go too near. There is a trick and he will spray you with water from his mouth. They call him the “Zeughaus Joggeli”-

Armoury, Solothurn

My Swiss family were also soldiers, All four uncles of Mr. Swiss protected the borders in the 1st World War and in the 2nd World War his father also did his duty Mr. Swiss himself only did a few days but had health problems so that was the end of his glorious army career. No. 1 son was not allowed to do service as he is autistic, but No. 2 son saved the family reputation and served his complete time in the army, reporting every year for his three week service. He could have kept his rifle afterwards for a small sum of money, but returned it to the Arsenal. No traditions here.

And so today we see the Christmas calendar as one of the first buildings when you enter our town.

RDP Wednesday: Tradition

Good Morning

Alte Zeughaus weihnachts Calendar 25.12 (1)

And the Christmas days are slowly disappearing into the horizon, and I am not sorry. The stress is over, the shopping experience combined with buy, buy, buy is over. No more gifts to search for, no more 5 star menus to create in the kitchen, and now we can breathe out and get back to normal life. Perhaps some of you enjoy the Christmas spirit and everything that goes with it, but I am a Christmas grinch. On my last visit to the supermarket temple of stress, I noticed that the shelves were already being prepared for New Year fireworks and whatever.

And yesterday afternoon, Christmas Day, I again ventured out for a wheelie in my chair. It was not raining, we Swiss have had our big evening the day before, and so there was no big deal. The first thing I saw when I entered town was our old Arsenal, the widows  transformed into a Christmas calandar, and now all of them uncovered. I must say it is very impressive.

Altstadt 25.12 (1)

The town of Solothurn had now become a ghost town, just a few isolated people snapping some fresh air. The shops were all closed,, as well as the restaurants. I saw just one restaurant that was open with a notice on the door that only guests that had reserved could enter.

Dog 25.12 (2)

The town had bee left to the dogs and some remaining Christmas Ornaments

Christmas Decorations Stalden Altstadt 25.12 (1)

which were also looking a bit sorry for themselves.

In my forgetfulness I forgot to put on my gloves and take my phone with me, meaning that my hands were freezing slowly but surely and I had no connection to Mr. Swiss if my wheelchair would decide to stop. I had not used the chair for a week and realised that the battery was not fully uploaded, although there was enough power for a few kilometers. I just feel a little insecure when one of the battery lamps is not burning, although I was still in the green zone.

Circus Go Solothurn 25.12 (3)

The circus was still in town, but it was a deserted area. I head the noise of the musicians from the tent and they were probably practicing for the next performance in the evening. It is one of the Swiss family circus, Circus Gasser, and they are regular visitors to most towns, mainly with artists and just a few animals.

Gulls Aare 25.12 (8)

The gulls were still here, perched on their favourite look-outs at the side of the river. Now and again they go for a fly about.

Gulls Aare 25.12 (13)

This gull even posed for a portrait for my camera.

And so the days go on. At home it was nice and peaceful. We had yet another good lunch, uncomplicated. Veal slices cooked with a cream sauce with morels accompanied by noodles. One of our favourites, but too expensive for every day food. As son No. 1 does not eat mushrooms, there were all the more morels for us.

I am not sure how I will be here tomorrow. In the morning I can pick up my new car and afterwards there will be a few explanations from the dealer and bits and pieces to organise. Luckily my shopping is done until Friday, so I have no stress tomorrow. Of course it is nice to get a new car, but I will be glad when I have the big organisation behind me. I am now back in the old routine with a car, have no big choice. Mr. Swiss drives no more. Today we are fitting new linen on the beds which now needs both of us, and help from son No. 1 for the strenuous task of putting the fitted sheet on the mattress. He does it in less than a minute and we golden oldies need at least half an hour.

I am not sure if I will be on a wheelie again this afternoon, I must see how the day develops, but slowly I am getting my normal daily life back.

I leave you with a view of the various churches in our town. I take so many photos of Solothurn, but according to the angle you always get something different. The chapel of St. Peter at the front, and the St. Urs cathedral towering over everything. Have a good day, and keep safe. See you around.

Churches and St. Urs Altstadt 25.12.2018