Good Morning

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I know it is not photo of the year, but it is not every day that when I approach the ouside world to see what it looks like after hugging the bed I see a hot air balloon floating around in the sky. We do have them now and again, especially in Summer, but not an every day appearance. I shot a photo with the only thing I had in my hand which was my iPhone, but even the almost newest model with super camera lens could not zoom in enough, Afterwards I got my DSLR camera and managed to shoot a couple of photos before it disappeared on its journey, but you will have to wait for them. I will have to upload them later when I have more time. Now I only have time for breakfast and a morning blog, out on the porch on a sunny morning.

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I was again on my way in town yesterday, but I had the week-end shopping to deal with. Before I entered town I passed by our old fortifications which are no longer for protection, but more a tourist attraction and a place for various town exhibitions or events. The old moat is still there, but no longer filled with water, although I am not sure if it ever was filled with water. I asked Mr. Swiss, but he does not know either. This year we are celebrating 2,000 years of Solothurn, our town, and there are many events taking place for the celebration.  One is called Zart which is various art happenings, with all sorts of strange objects in town.

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I took a photo of this strange object a couple of days ago, might have already shown it here, and had no idea what it was supposed to be. It seems this is one of the creations from the artists, although I am still not sure what it is. Anyhow it was good for a photo. At least we do not have to be careful about getting too close to each other, and it is an event that will not be locked down due to our corona threat.

Many other events have been cancelled. We have our Autumn fair in September, since many years featuring the local tradesmen and stores, but this will not be in 2020, too risky with the pandemic. I also noticed that our annual cheese days, generally in August, will not be as usual. Generally they transform one of our squares into a bovine show with many good looking cows from the local farmers, but this year it will be without cows and just market stands with various cheese and other dairy products.

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This photo is from last year. There is also a vote for the best cow, although I think it depends more on milk production than good looks. Our cows are all good looking, even without their horns. I will miss my visit to the cheese days this year.

Today I will again be off to town this afternoon, but really only for the sake of going somewhere, although I have a couple of items I want to get. I am making a chilli con carne this evening and like to mix some peppers with it, but only have the coloured ones, and forgot to get a green one. They also have a special offer with fresh meat over the counter at the moment, so I will see if they have something worth freezing for a later date. Saturday is always interesting as we might have a few musicians in town coupled with a little action. It looks like it will be a nice sunny day today, not too hot, and I want to make the most of it.

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On the way home I passed our St. Urs fountain, the town’s patron saint, along the main street. And now I should move on to deal with other Saturday chores. I just remembered I should begin to cook my meat for lunch. It is boiled beef and needs a couple of hours to simmer until lunch.

Have a great week-end, keep away form virus suspicious places and keep washing your hands. See you later.

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12 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. Good morning. Those are BIG cows. Sorry to hear about cheese days. At least you have photos of years past that you can bring out of the archive and share so we can all enjoy what the Australian aborigines call “the dream time” of yore …. have a great weekend. SLP …

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  2. Good afternoon, I need to get moving today, it’s a sunny day here with a nice cool breeze and the window is opened. The moon was at its best last night. There were a few fireworks last night. The virus continues to climb high every day. Was your shopping successful? The field of sunflowers is getting more lovely with each picture.

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    • Sunny here as well and quite warm. I was wondering if your were celebrating 4th July over the other side of the pond. Our virus is down again, but it is going up and down all the time at the moment. I had a good day today in the store because I did not have to buy a lot and spent more time in town with my camera.

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      • Many of the normal 4th of July have been cancel. Kathy’s family, our giver is holding a reunion and s off until Monday. When she not here I tend to hug the bed as drssing tires me out. It is a quiet day for us. She leaves us a good meal and all we need to do is heat up’Fireworks were heard lasr night. The news media is still of nothing but the virus and the protests. Trump made AN ‘idot’ yesterday when campiagn on Native indians lands. Your town pictues are interesting to me.

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    • The sunflowers are grown for their oil from the seeds. The cows are from last year’s cheese days. We don’t see many at the moment as it is too hot for them on the fields during the Day and the farmers only let them out to graze during the night.

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  3. We had a perfect non-holiday yesterday. It wasn’t all that different than other holidays since we aren’t big celebrators, but it was really quiet. Not even a sniff of barbeque in the air. Owen put up our new shed which is more like a big tent, but left the old one up too. He and a friend moved my Amish Swing Set to the middle of the lawn and it looks better there. The backyard finally has some shape. I took a few pictures since the weather is really lovely right now. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?

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    • Our 1st August celebrations will probably be similar, no fireworks and no grill smells. As you say there are no smells hanging around from barbeque at the moment and Inam not sorry. Glad you got your new shed organised. Sometimes including need an Owen, although no. 1 son is a good help. Looking forward to the pictures.

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