FOWC with Fandango: Partisan

Armoury, Solothurn

Living in Switzerland we do not go in for partisan problems. Our wars are usually internal and not external. My father-in-law was helping to guard the borders in the 2nd World War, but that was nothing to do with partisan, just his military duty. The photo is from our old armoury showing a court scene, when Solothurn was accepted into the Swiss Federation in Stans in 1481. As said the Swiss were always having local problems. Even the Kanton of Basel decided to separate somewhere along the line and now we have Basel Stadt (town) and Basel Land (country).

The last revolution I remember was when the people living in the Jura decided they wanted their own Kanton. After a few barricades were created with trees on the road it came to a vote and they succeeded in being separated from the Kanton of Bern. It was all very political, and of course the Kanton of Jura had their local heroes at the time.

To explain the whole thing I discovered this link:

Switzerland’s Newest Kanton

The Kanton of Jura is quite near to the Kanton of Solothurn where I live. Otherwise partisans are rare in Switzerland, we have a direct democracy and go voting every few months to make our decisions.

FOWC with Fandango: Partisan

RDP Sunday: Snake

Boa Constrictor

Snakes in Switzerland? Only if you go to the zoo or perhaps in the southern part where the weather is a little warmer. The only chance  I have to see a real snake is if there is an exhibition somewhere. These boa constrictors are not found on the streets, but were slithering  around on the floor of the exhibition hall. I was determined to travel to the town of Biel, half an hour away from our town, to visit the exhibition. This was 11 years ago, and since that time the only snakes I have seen are these.

Worm 16.10 (5)

These are Swiss snakes, at least in my area. They usually appear after the rains and are to be found by leaving traces of piles of earth, known as worm casts. They are the species lumbricina, the common earth worm. They do not bite, do not strangle their prey and are not poisonous. Their main diet consists of earth which they swallow digest and pass out into the earth afterwards and I do not need an exhibition to see them.

Milk Snake

So back to my exhibition, here is a colourful snake. Wikipedia tells me it is a milk snake and are not dangerous to humans. they eat other insects, even earthworms.

RDP Sunday: Snake

One Word Sunday: Memory

Duck
I have at least forty thousand memories in my photo archives, so how do you pick just one. There are some photos that remain, some that should remain but are forgotten. I decided to go into my photo memories from a year ago and see what I found and this duck stretching its wings arrived. Nothing special perhaps, but it was for me to capture the moment. It lives on the farm on the other side of the road in my village, and is still there, or perhaps its siblings.

One Word Sunday: Memory

Good Morning

Dawn

A dramatic sky this morning, but according to the weather forecast it can only get better. Yesterday was like a summer’s day almost and was really warm in the afternoon. Easter does have one advantage, there is no more shopping and excursions to the supermarket. Yesterday the stores were open, but I had already stocked up on food and so had no purpose to sink into the turmoil of the shopping crowds. I went for a wheelie in my chair  in the afternoon, nothing special, but just to get some fresh air. It was more a nature drive.

Solothurn Cemetery 20.04 (1)

I began my journey through the local cemetery, which is a paradise for flowers and trees. I was almost alone travelling through, just a few people here and there organising their flowers.

Kite 20.04 (8)

As I wheeled through the village I had a wonderful companion on my way. A red kite was exercising its wings overhead and it seemed to be following me wherever I went. Mr. Swiss told me that it was also circulating over our part of the village. It was a real flying show.

Chickens 20.04 (6)

I had a look in at the farm on my way, but it was lacking in action. The chickens were gone, at least the normal laying hens. There was just a group of this exotic version pecking around in the grass. They are very fluffy and some sort of special species. As the other hens and rooster had all disappeared, I came to the conclusion that their egg laying days had come to an end and were now laying their eggs up in the big sky. Perhaps Jack might meet them when he climbs his beanstalk.

Cows 20.04 (9)

I also met a few cows on the way, so things are gradually returning to the warmer days of the year on the pastures. I really enjoyed my wheelie, getting out in the fresh air again instead of the shopping routine. Today I am going nowhere and am taking it easy at home. I think I will bake a Swiss apple flan this afternoon. We then have something decent for tea, naturally with whipped cream. I had problems with my breakfast this morning. There was only a remainder of bread left which was beginning to develop hard crusts. Luckily I had a small reserve of toast bread, so out came the toaster and I had a nice start to the day with toast, butter and honey. I have just baked a plait bread (challah as some say 🙂 ) which will carry us through until Tuesday, I hope.

Planning meals until Tuesday is a genuine feat of logistics, but it has its rewards. I can now take it easy, no rush. I just watched from my window as my neighbour hung out some washing to dry in her garden. That was also something you never saw a few years ago at Easter.  I am glad that these old customs are gradually disappearing and life can continue as normal.

I have been having a few surprised in my garden lately: all sort of flowers have appeared that I have never seen before thanks to the lady that designed my new look. Yesterday I saw this.

Tulip

Just a plain white tulip. From a distance it seemed as if a white rose had appeared, but when I got closer realised it was a white tulip. I planted red and yellow tulips some years ago, but do not remember planting a white one, and it is all on its own. I really do not know where this one came from or do yellow tulips change their colour eventually?

Sun Rose/Helianthemum

This flower also opened up. This plant has many buds: another surprise from my gardener. Apparently it is a helianthemum, also known as a sun rose, adding a lovely patch of colour to my growing garden. I am discovering plants that I never knew existed.

And now to move on. Despite my restful holidays, we must still eat. Mr. Swiss is listening to the radio in the room next door and I had a nice memory of listening to Dusty Springfield as I am writing. Enjoy everything, and take it easy watching the flowers grow.