As long as there is a patch of blue somewhere, you know there is a chance of the day being bright and sunny, despite the temperatures of 0°C, at the moment -5°C, but it is early morning. I noticed yesterday evening that the daytime is now longer and at 5 in the evening it was still quite bright outside. Yes Spring is around the corner, but first we have to say goodbye to any snow that just might arrive to keep up its reputation.
At last they let me out yesterday afternoon. It was my first journey in the wheelchair since the guy fixed it and everything was working fine again. It was just a matter of fitting a few screws in the right places. I had a collision with a cupboard at home because of a key protruding, but I now remove the keys before maneuvering out of the apartment. It is always complicated when I come and go. I have to have someone to open doors and close them again when leaving the apartment block. One of the first photos I make is the local Jura chain of mountains. I had not seen them for a while because of cloud cover, but now they had returned. It was a sunny afternoon and they were now covered with their normal layer of snow.
I took a bit of a different route when I entered our local town of Solothurn yesterday and went by the back entrance of our cathedral. I arrived at the top of the 33 stairs (dividable by 11, the Solothurn number) and had a view down onto part of the local Hotel Krone and another building of the old town.
The best part was to look down from the top of the steps for a view of the main street into town, if you can call it a main street. Traffic is only allowed if you are delivering stuff to the local busiinesses or bring guests to the hotels. I also have permission to drive into town if I am on a visit to my doctor or other business, due to my handicap, although I usually use my walker, when not in my wheelchair. I do not like the idea of weaving my way on the cobblestone streets among the pedestrians in a car.
Due to the wonderful sunny weather, although a slight nip in the air, the river bank restaurants had put out their chairs and tables again and it was full of people relaxing in the sun with a drink, or taking a walk. The river Aare also makes a good background to the scene.
I crossed the river to see what was happening on the other side. There is a wall along the bank and a favourite place for pigeons and now gulls to have a flying rest
I never see a gull during the year, but in Winter they arrive in flocks probably knowing that there will be a good meal somewhere.
I spent my usual two hours making the surroundings uncertain in my chair and arrived home glad to be out and about again, with my camera of course. I had an evening meal to prepare (a mincemeat pie) but with my housewife training, it was no problem. I spent part of the evening uploading the photos. I am now seriously thinking about a new camera. Mine is now almost 10 years old and would like the newer model Nikon D7500 which always had good reviews. I only really need the basic camera, as all my lens are Nikon and fit on all the models. At least there is a small advantage in having a wheelchair, that you can easily take everything with you and do not have to carry it, although I often think it would be nice again to take a walk with Mr. Swiss as we used to when we were young and active.
And now to the daily routine. Have a good Sunday wherever you are and make the most of it.
The neighbours were also enjoying an afternoon in the sun.