FOWC with Fandango: Indulge

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I like to keep myself busy. I saw these two guys in town with their theolodyte, I think that is what it is called and so I took a photo. It seems that the guy on the left saw me. As I walked past, I had to, because it was the road to the dentist where I was picking up Mr. Swiss, he asked me why I took the photo.

I told him it looked quite interesting and I like to collect interesting photos, and he might even be featured on a blog site and seen in the states afterwards. Before he had a chance to answer, I asked him what he was actually measuring. And now the ice had melted and he gladly told me about a tall building near bye where he was measuring the distances. We afterwards parted company and wished each other a good day.

You just have to indulge in a little conversation with the people.

FOWC with Fandango: Indulge

RDP Monday: Flagrant

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No matter where you look today, somewhere there is a crane. Someone, is building, altering buildings and converting them into something else.  Even in the narrow passages of our local town, amongst the Christmas lights, there is crane taller than all the surrounding buildings. In this case it is one of our stores that is being converted. I am not sure into what, but due to the demise of most of our stores, it will become something completely different.

It used to house a store for toys. At the end of the year, Christmas, it would be crowded with parents searching for something for the kids. Today they just sit on the computer and choose what they want. No more queuing at the cash desk, just fill in the details of your credit card and the business is completed.

I was once one of those parents, and  remember when Mr. Swiss and I would have a closer look at the toys on offer. Admittedly it was a stressful time shopping, but it belonged to the season, and we were then also many years younger. The gifts were chosen and the store would wrap them in Christmas paper. I suppose everything has its time and place, but I often think we all now live in our own separate worlds.

Today I was at the local store and I noticed they have also now organised a table for wrapping the Christmas gifts, but there were no customers having anything wrapped: two ladies surrounded by Christmas paper and shiny bands to make a parcel,. It all looked very much abandoned.

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From a distance looking back at our town, you can see the crane poking through the roofs. Perhaps someone could tie a Christmas star to it, just to make it a little festive.

RDP Monday: Flagrant

Good Morning

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A bit of an explosive sky this morning: it is raining and there is a cold wind blowing but I ventured out to see the action. After a restful week-end I am now ready to battle through the week again.

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I went into town on Saturday afternon to see some action. There were groups of shoppers here and there, but it seems that people do not shop as they used to. The streets used to be packed with families clutching shopping bags and so were the stores. The stores have now reduced themselves, and we have just one large store in our town. The others have closed and are being refurbished into appartments or restaurants. I can see a future of empty buildings and the housewives sitting at the computer ordering everything online. It used to be such lively town. I had a wheelie in my chair past our Advent calendar transformed old arsenal, which is now a museum showing old Swiss weaponry and suits of armour. Every day a new window is showing the advent picture. It has become a Christmas tradition in Solothurn.

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In the meanwhile we have got some blue sky and it has also stopped raining, even the sun has appeared, so it looks like good day after a slow start.

I have no big plans today. It is Monday and there are no important appointments. My weeks of stress now seem to be normalising. I will be off to the store this afternoon with a shopping list. There are only two dental appointments this week, but both at a sensible time in the afternoon and nothing big time.

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The big birds are still visiting in the morning. Here is one of the crow tribe with two magpies. I notice the are no longer feeding so much. I now have half a food supply left in the evening. It seems their requirements are now filled.

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The tits now like to sit comfortably in the trees and keep an eye on food supplies. I always spread some food on the ground which seems to be a favourite sparrow eating place.

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Yesterday was the second Sunday in advent and so it was time to light the second candle on our Christmas wreath. This year I am making an effort to brighten up the mid Winter days with a few decorations. Some of the neighbours have a complete light show on their patios and balconies, but I keep it to a few decorations indoors.

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On this note I will leave you for the beginning of the week. May it be a good one, no unnecessary excitement and keep well.