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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.