FOWC with Fandango: Merchandise

Whilst people were buying their groceries in the supermarket as always, opposite the stores were all closed. You could not eat what they sold or need the goods for every day use, they were the special stores: clothing, eye glasses etc. etc. They were closed for the lock down, the first wave of the virus. We now have the second wave, higher than the first, but they remain open. The difference now is that we all wear masks.

FOWC with Fandango: Merchandise

RDP Monday: Swath

ploughing the field

I live in a world of swaths
In the fields they are everywhere
Some are curved and some are straight
And some can be quite square
You will find them on the slopes
They can also be very flat
The farmers are addicted to them
Newly discovered format
When they plant their seeds
They begin to grow in lines
Swaths appearing everywhere
For the birds they are secret signs

RDP Monday: Swath

Good Morning

It’s raining again and the Jura mountains in my back yard have only just began to appear through the mist. Otherwise mornings are a little more friendly since we now rise an hour later and can enjoy the light. Of course the evenings are already dark around 5.00 pm which does not bother me so much. If it were not for the more unfriendly weather, I even prefer the winter time. My British colleagues are again on their own in Europe (although I think Portugal is on the same wave length) by being an hour behind as always whether Summer or winter.

I went for a short wheelchair trip yesterday afternoon, just around the village half where I leave to get some fresh air and see what the world was doing. I was pleased to see that our alps were showing themselves again. It is always according to the air conditions and it was a fairly clear day.

They are approximately 112 kilometers from us and it would take about 1 hour 30 minutes to get there in good traffic conditions. We often did the journey when the kids were still kids for our Summner holidays. It was not so far and we could go on some good walks. You got the holiday feeling quite well, as the places were full of tourists from everywhere.

There were also a few cows grazing on the village pastures, all nicely in a row devouring the grass quite systematically. I still enjoy the sights of our area after 50 years: it still all seems such a novelty after growing up in central London.

My journey also took me down to our local river Aare which flows at the bottom of our village. The trees were showing their best Autumn colours. On the other side of the river you begin to approach the Kanton of Bern. We are in the Kanton of Solothurn. We have quite a kantonal spirit in Switzerland: even our dialects change with the borders, although Solothurn Swiss German is similar to Bern Swiss German. It is when you travel further East through Aargau towards Zürich and further that you notice the difference more. They have other expressions and even words.

I noticed the crows were having a flying practice on the fields. The farmer had been busy clearing them and preparing for the crops for next year and crows like to see what the plough has uncovered in the deeper layers of the earth: mainly some nice juicy earthworms.

After an hour I was home again, with a camera filled with some new photos.

Yesterday evening was a TV evening for me. The BBC had a motor programme and were featuring the late Stirling Moss, a British Formula 1 racing driver. I am not a fan of racing sport, but Stirling Moss belonged to my years of growing up in England and was a household name, winning almost all the most important races and even overtaking the Ferrari stars of the day. The film snowed the highlights of his career, unfortunately ending with a serious crash and leaving him unable to continue as a racing driver.

I eventually decided it was time for bed. The sequel to the film “Independence Day” was being shown on the TV. I saw the original film a week ago but decided too many Earth invasions by other extra terrestrials was not so ideal to stay up until the early hours of the morning.

At least I had an interesting Sunday. And now I leave you all to continue my interesting life, although today will be filled with a little housework routine and some shopping in the afternoon. I hope the rain stops. have a good day and keep safe. Now some Autumn trees to carry you all through the day.