RDP Wednesday: Sibling

Swans nesting 18.05 (9)

It all began when I went for a wheelie in my chair along the river path and saw these two swans sitting side by side. Swans are mostly in pairs, I believe they stay together for all their lives. A guy walked past with his wife and said he believes they were brooding. There was a collection of twigs below the smaller swan, probably the female. We were all surprised as it was at the side of a path where many people went for a walk.


This awoke my interest and I made a point of walking on this bank of the river to see if there was any progress. I noticed that a fence had now been erected around the swan pair, probably by the kind officials of our town, to let them have their peace and quiet. Often one swan would be swimming in the River Aare and the other staying on the nest.


On my last visit one swan was in the river and the other as usual brooding. However, brooding needs patience and now and again even a swan has to stretch her legs and change the position and then it happened. Of course I was ready with the camera and I saw the eggs, five of them. I had never seen a swan egg before and they are quite big.

Every year we have a swan family swimming along the river. Swan parents are devoted to their children, and look after them until they are almost fully grown. I am now looking forward to the day when I take a wheelie and see the little cygnets swimming with mum at the front and dad at the back.

RDP Wednesday: Sibling

Good Morning


What have we got this morning? A very nice whispy cloud formation which will probably disappear as the day grows on. It looks like it will be a another wonderful sunny day today, although I have shopping to do this afternoon and the sun does not shine in the supermarket.

Yesterday I was otherwise occupied with my eye examination at the eye doc. They were all concerned about my eyes, only I was not. I was sure all I needed was a new pair of glasses, which I now have and see enough for my 73 years. Sometimes it is better when you do not see everything. It seems that my right eye is more or less OK, but the left eye has now only 80%, although I do not really notice this. The result being that I should return in a year to see how it is all progressing. It is all down to becoming a golden oldie. It has nothing to do with my MS or my diabetes, just the advancing years. In the olden days there was nothing you can do about it, but today you can have a new lens inserted into the eye after a short operation. Mr Swiss will be having this done in a couple of weeks for one eye, and a couple of weeks later for the other eye.

I discovered that having drops put into my eyes to dilate the pupils was not so pleasant, it stung, although I did get very sexy eyes afterwards, but I failed to appreciate it. Another problem afterwards was not so much having a slightly blurred vision but the sunlight because my pupils were so wide.


The only photo I managed was a scene of the main road opposite the station while I was waiting for the local train to take me home. The train had a delay. It seems that the Tour de Suisse, our international bike race, was passing through our town and the traffic had been stopped. I was a little disappointed as about 10 years ago, the last time they came through Solothurn, I was standing at the roadside in the village taking photos. This time I missed all the fun due to my eye examination.


To compensate, here is one of my photos from 10 years ago, quite an occasion.

I eventually arrived home after a bumpy ride with my walker on the local road train, but it was only a short distance. The worst part was walking from the local station to home. I am not used to going such longer distances with my legs.

I was glad to get it all behind me and relax at home.


This morning I descovered yet a new arrival on my raised bed in the garden. I have watched this plant growing since beginning of the year and it sees that are a sort of miniature sunflower.


I have had this rose bush for many years and it has never failed to show a few roses, but this year it is full of buds. The gardener replanted it in another place when she refurbished the garden and it seems it is enjoying its new situation.

I also now have to find a new place as I have finished my breakfast and cannot sit at the table all morning with my computer unfortunately. I am now on my way to the bathroom and shower. Have fun if possible and make the most of your day. See you later.


RDP Tuesday: Droplet


A dog and its droplets after taken a quick swim in the River, it is just dripping droplets everywhere

Talking of droplets, I got my own dose of droplets this afternoon. It was time to go to the eye doctor. Admittedly I had been postponing it for a while, but today was the day. I had to order a taxi to get to the docs as they informed they would be putting drops in my eyes and no way could I drive in my car. And so today was the day. I had more than a few droplets in my eyes, it was almost a swimming pool, and probably my cat would have got jealous to see the size of my pupils afterwards. Afterwards you sit in a small room for a few minutes waiting to get the right size of your pupils. As I was waiting a second lady entered the room and sat next to me. We had a lively conversation about everything looking blurred, and then I had my exmamination.

My right eye is still quite good, almost 100%, but the left only 80% and so there will be another visit in a year to check and see how it it progressing. I am slowly but surely developing a cataract in the left eye, but nothing life threatening and it seems most golden oldies have problems as they get older, some earlier than others. There is no rush and I can take my time.

And so I found my way home on my own with my walker, using the train. It was one of the rare occasions that I had to walk a distance with the walker, avoiding high steps and steep slopes. I survived and I am just glad that it is a rare occasion

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RDP Tuesday: Droplet

Good Morning


Morning clouds looking a bit stormy at the beginning, but now the sun is shining, so it will be another good day. I do not have so much time this morning. My cleaning lady is here busy at work and I have cleaned my windows.

After lunch I have to go to the eye doctor which will be a bit of a stress as I am not allowed to take the car because of the drops they will put in my eyes. It is no so far, but I would have to take the local train and walk to the other side of the station where the practice is which is a long trip and complicated for me and my walking machine. There are only steps on the other side of the station to ascend and no ramp, but there is a lift somewhere. I decided a taxi would be best of all and I have ordered one after lunch. As the appointment is already at 2.00 p.m. I will be eating lunch a little earlier as well and this leaves me with very little spare time.

In that case I say have a good day everyone, see you later when my eyes are back in action.


We now have clear blue skies, with no clouds. I took this photo as they were deciding to go away.