Good Morning

Feldbrunnen across the Aare

No photos from today or yesterday but I took this one the day before yesterday when I was on a walk through the village. You can see over the local River Aare to the so-called middle land, which is actually Kanton Bern. On a clear day you will be lucky to see the alps in the distance, but now we have the haze from the heat. I have often sat on this bench and enjoyed the view. Just on the right there is a pasture with a few cows – and even a bull.

It was too hot yesterday to go anywhere. I did go into town with Mr. Swiss, but I remained in the car whilst he had a quick appointment at the doctors. I noticed as we drove through town that building preparations were already be carried out for our annual Autumn trade fair, the HESO: not that I intend going and mixing with all those people, but there might be a few interesting photos on the construction work. I am always searching for new subjects.

I am late this morning. Usually my cleaning lady comes today, but I knew she was going on holiday today to visit relations in England. She  called to say that she would not be able to fit me in as she was busy with her preparations. That is OK for me, and she will be back in two weeks.

Wekhofstrasse for electric cars 18.08 (1)

On my last trip into town I was wheeling from the outskirts of town and discovered this. On the map of the town of Solothurn, I noticed it is our official Electric Charging Station. We are really modern now. If you happen to have one of these new electric cars that need no gas, we are even prepared for that. I must say I had to look twice when I came across it and naturally also took photos. Now you just plug your car into the station and it recharges your battery or whatever it is you have.

Wekhofstrasse for electric cars 18.08 (2)

I was so impressed I had to take another photo. I don’t know how long it takes to do the operation or how much it would cost. I have to recharge my electric wheelchair, but usually attach it to the electricity in the evening and leave it all night. The guy at the place where I got it told me that is the best way to do it. My wheelchair is always fully loaded and I can travel at least 30 kilometers with a full load. It also hardly costs anything for the power. Sometimes I wish I could attach myself to something like that for power. This morning I had to try three times to stand on my feet from the bed, but once I am up I am ready to go (with my stick).

Garbage Disposal Unit Zuchwil 19.08.2018

Another romantic photo from the surroundings, our garbage burning plant. We all produce rubbish and somehow we have to dispose of it. Here is is burnt, but only that normal organic material. If it is something special that does somewhere else. At least they painted the chimneys a pretty colour to make it fit into the landscape.

And now I will carry one with cooking lunch, we all have to eat even if it is only a Big Mac, there seem to be politicians that thrive on it, one particular comes into mind. I am naturally cooking something more sustaining: sliced beef with veg and saffron rice.

Rudbeckia 19.08 (2)

I say a goodbye with another flowerbed from the vicinity and wish you all a good and relaxing day.

Good Morning

Evening Sky

Before beginning with today, let’s cast a glance at yesterday evening. I was out on the porch, finished with the daily computer exercises and looked up at the sky, which I often do. It was a rewarding look: not only was there a half moon but the clouds were again having fun with reflections of the evening sun going  down. These are the moments I like to capture through the lens of a camera as they do not repeat themselves. I have another one of those moments this morning.

Morning on the porch

I got myself settled on the porch with my breakfast and computer and then I saw a sparrow hopping around on the ground. Of ourse I had my mobile phone camera ready for a shot, but the sparrow decided not to stay, although he was flying back and forth most of the time. I threw a few crumbs down remaining from my breakfast, but now he has disappeared. It is wonderful to be able to sit outside in the morning accompanied by birdsong and the fresh air of the morning, even a computer, although the bird song is mainly the crows and they do not sing just call each other.  “Hi Fred, are you there?” “Of course, always.”

Cows 19.08 (5)

Yesterday afternoon I decided to take a short wheelie in my chair, but just remained in the village. I visited the usual places and discovered four cows all perched on the top of the slope above the river. These were the first cows I had seen for some time, as they are now usually only let out at night in the cooler weather. I also noticed that they all had horns. Usually the horns are removed in Switzerland before the cows realise they grow, but there is now a movement in Switzerland to let the cows keep their horns. The reason for removing them are that accidents that could happen, but I strongly support the idea that the cows should keep their horns – the photos are more interesting.

Feldbrunnen Estate 19.08 (7)

I was astonished to see how much building was being carried out in a little village. Everywhere there were cranes and the beginning of new houses or apartment blocks. The predecessors of the building sites were also houses, not more than 20 years old, but if no-one lived there, they they were removed and rebuilt with something more profitable. Our village is one of those places that attract money because of the low tax rates.  We  belong to the poorer section of the village population that depend mainly of their monthly senior citizens pension money.

Empty House and Golden Rod 19.08 (1)

I also passed this house on my wheelie. It was quite newish, but it seems that Alice didn’t live here any more, or her family. The porch was overgrown with golden rod and the garage door had probably not been opened for some time. My gardener told me last week that golden rod is now forbidden in our area as it is qualified as an invader, and it certainly invaded this place.

It was an interesting tour, but the sun began to beat down again. This morning it is a pleasant morning outside with pleasant temperatures. Our newspaper stated today that Autumn would be about a week away an we will still be getting sunny days and high temperatures up to the end of the week. I used to love the summer days, but I too will be glad when autumn arrives with its windy days and sensible skies.

Rudbeckia 19.08 (1)

In the meanwhile the village gardens are having their last summer show of flowers breaking through the neat fences. We do tend to fence ourselves in. Enjoy the day even if it is Monday. I will be on a safari to the shops and who knows what other adventures I might participate in.

 

Good Morning

Sunflower fields 18.08 (1)

Yesterday was a great day. I got my usual chores done in the morning, cooked a bit of lunch, had an after dinner rest, hugging the bed and afterwards was ready to go. It was no longer heat wave weather, just a pleasant 25°C outside and a breeze. Now and again the sun appeared through the clouds.

At last I had a chance to revive my Nikon 7000 camera again. It is heavy and big and I bought a Nikon 3000 which was smaller later, as the 7000 was just too heavy to carry for me. When I progressed to a wheelchair for walks I continued using the 3000 but last week I decided to try the 7000 again. I no longer have to carry it as I sit in the chair. I tested the various lens I had and yesterday I at last had a chance to see what it could do. It was almost like trying a new camera and it was fun. The lens were also bigger and better and the automatic focus functioned wonderfully. I am not a photography expert and with a few exceptions, usually do the automatic focus. It is enough for my little shooting exercises, and I am a Nikon fan.

I aimed for the sunflower fields, although they are now showing signs of age, and only the seed heads are left, which is the purpose of them, for the oil production.

Aare Swimming

I noticed that there was some sort of event on the local River Aare. They were having the Aare Swimming. A course was organised on the river and various contestants could swim a certain route as a competition. They had even organised a tent for the purpose on the river bank and prizes were being offered for the quickest.

Roetibruck with boat

Here you can see the boat patrolling on the river keeping an eye on things. The bridge you can see is fairly new and replaced the older one which was no longer so safe for the traffic. It is very well constructed with the footpath on the lower level which is easy to navigate with the wheelchair. On the right bank  you can see a hotel, the Ramada, and opposite is an old apartment block where we lived for almost 20 years, so we were right in the middle of Solothurn with river view.

Hauptmasse Solothurn

I was clicking away everywhere and this time took a photo of one of our busy old town streets where people like to sit outside at the street cafés or just take a walk to see and be seen. I remember when I had a mini family and we would often take a walk in the town together.

Muttiturm and Bieltor Westringstrassw

I approached the town and got a view of the so-called Westringstrasse which is the edge of town. On the left is the so-called Mutti Tower which is well known for its tribe of Swifts that nest in the tower. They have even filmed them for the TV, although you do not see them so much as they are more hidden in the tower. On the right is the so-called Bieltor which is the entrance to the town on the West side named after the town of Biel which is about half an hour road in the West direction. The houses in between are very old, and have shops on the ground floor: one of them is my hairdresser, although I think there are about 2-3 hairdressers on this street.

Greibengasse House

I took many photos, some of the old houses which are always being renovated and modernised. I love the quaint old window styles with the shutters. When I arrived home I had more than 100 photos on the camera, so it was a worthwhile journey. As the evening meal was only a pizza from the oven, I did not have to rush.

Ducks 18.08 (8)

I travelled home via the river bank which leads direct to my village and I only have to wheel up the path to arrive home. There are always a few ducks around posing for photos. I have no idea what sort this is, but this year I noticed a lot of new ducks that I did not recognise.

And that’s that. If the weather stays OK, I will be out an about again this afternoon. At the moment it is looking good. Enjoy the Sunday, day of rest and all that. As a golden retired oldie, I have rest every day, but somehow Sunday still as the impression of being stressless and no rush. I have a little bit of ironing this morning, but afternoon is “me” time.

Good Morning

Buddleia

This morning is a dull morning and when I look at my buddleia I realise how dull it can get. It is still August and not really Autumn yet, although we humans tend to look ahead at things that will be. My buddleia had wonderful pink flowers throughout June and July and now they are no more. There are a few pink tips left and I should now pull myself together and begin to cut away the finished blossoms. We have had a share of hot summer days and it did not seem to want to end, but yesterday it rained. It was not torrential in our area, although in Zürich many flights at the airport were postposed, even cancelled, because of high winds and water on the runways. We just had water in the garden which was not too bad. The disadvantage was that I was home bound and had no opportunity to go anywhere. The advantage was that at last our garden got the dose of water it badly needed and so did the surrounding farms.

Hostas

My hostas went to seed some time ago and I am left with the stalks containing the seeds and yellowing leaves. Some stalks of my rocket lugularia also decided to get into the photo, only bearing the seedy remainders. It really looks like that Autumn is just around the corner.

Sweet pea

But my sweet pea are throwing up a revival with new flowers. They finished with the first arrival a month ago, but have decided to flower again, so we have a bit of colour in the garden.

Today is Saturday and I just said goodbye to No. 1 son who has again decided to make a trip to Zürich. At least in Zürich there is something going on as an international town with its expensive shops on the golden mile of the Bahnhofstrasse, although my son does not bother so much with them. He goes more to the insider places where prices are affordable, although lunch is always eaten on the Bahnhofstrasse in the MacDonalds which everyone can afford.

Mr. Swiss has a few odds and ends to get in town and I will be busy doing my usual Saturday thing which is just a tidy up with the vacuum cleaner and mop and cooking lunch. Our lunches are no longer such a big thing as golden oldies do not seem to eat as much as they used to. I am hoping that we are spared of rain this afternoon and I can go places and see things with my camera.

Rudbeckia Laciniata

One bright point in my garden is my rudbeckia laciniata, the big sister of the normal black-eyed susan rudbeckia. They are the last to flower mid August and remain for a couple of weeks. Otherwise temperatures are now moderate and no longe such a stifling heat thank goodness.

I am now going to tend to my normal daily life, without computer. I suppose in the days before computer, Charles Dickens and Ernest Hemingway etc. would be sitting in their respective gardens with a note book in the hand and write down their thoughts. I do not think I would have become a writer if that was the case. I cannot even read my own handwriting sometimes.

And now I am going, so have a good day, enjoy the Saturday and all its trimmings, no stress, unless you want to. One of the pleasures of a golden oldie: do what you want to and not what you have to.

Rudbeckia Laciniata

Good Morning

Morning Clouds

I was surprised to see a few cloud remnants floating above this morning. The sun was shining again and it looks like another heat day. Yesterday it got so hot in the afternoon that I decided again a wheelie in my chair. It is not fun going out for a tour with the sun beating down. I though we would have an end to this constant intensive summer weather, but it is continuing. I used to like the summer days, but I was then younger. Now I prefer to sit outside in the shade.

I was wondering what to say this morning as life is not so exciting at the moment, although as I was sitting here this morning I had had a highlight.

Spider

There he/she was hanging in front of me suspended from our sun umbrella. We have had a resident spider for some time hovering above on the porch, but this is a new one. It is not very often that they hover in a place where I can easily take a photo. I even managed to get the hairs on the legs and then I had a second surprise.

Slug

“Look at that” said Mr. Swiss who was drinking his coffee and munching a fruit bar next to me on the porch. He pointed to this slug and that was a big one on the edge of the garden. He is now slowly making his way back to my stone pile. I think he/she/neutral gender, must be one of the last survivors. The others are hiding deep in the earth away from the sun, but this one was probably the look out, advancing to tell the others how it was in the outside world.  It was mega big for a slug.

That seems to be the excitement for the day. Today we are off on a shopping safari to gather goods for the week-end. No. 1 son has already said he will be off to Zürich on Saturday so another day with a romantic lunch for two. We have composed our week-end shopping list which is getting less exotic at the summer week-ends. Food is now really a question of existence for us and no longer a surprise creation. I used to make pizza myself, but have now given up and we buy the frozen ones. It is quicker, less work and we eat them. For Saturday lunch we have even settled for a hamburger. They have nice spicy ones with chilli in the local supermarket.

Rudbeckia

Even my black eyed Susans are coming up smaller this year. I think they have given up due to the hot weather and last year they were attacked by the builders we had who placed one of the wooden plants on the bed where they grow although they survived.

That is all I have to say today. Perhaps I might go on a wheelie this afternoon, the weather prophets did mention there might be rain on the way for the evening, so it might cool down and Mr. Slug will be happy.  I have been sorting my cameras in the meanwhile and have now put my Nikon 7000 back in action with its lens. It is a good camera, but over the last few years I used the Nikon 3000 more as it is lighter weight. I have now realised that wheeling around in a chair means that weight is no problem and I must say the quality of the photos on the bigger camera is better. I have also sorted out my lens, which are also heavier, but they are the little things in a golden oldie life that make it fun, at least in my life.

I hope you are having a good day, take it easy and make the most of it.

Flowerbed 15.08.2018

Something from the neighbour’s garden.

Good Morning

Clouds 15.08 (1)

Let’s begin with a cloud photo hovering over our Jura mountains yesterday afternoon that I took on a walk. Even the local castle is peeping though on the left, the white building. I just love cloudy skies, makes the photos interesting. Today we have just blue skies with a sun, although with 15°C at the moment it is pleasant to sit outside on the porch.

At the moment I am on my ow, except for the cat who was just complaining for some fresher water outside. Mr. Swiss usually looks after that side of things in the morning, but he had to stop hugging the bed earlier this morning to bring our car to the local garage doctor for its annual service. The garage used to be around the corner, but they moved to the industrial area. That means after leaving his car in the garage until this afternoon, he has to find the way back by bus and local train which is a little tedious getting the right connections. It also means that the morning routine is a little different and  I will be making the beds. It is usually his task. However, golden oldies do not have to do anything, we just pass the time.

Horses 15.08 (6)

Yesterday I went for a wheelie in my chair locally. It was a holiday for Asumption so I decided to just go for a quick breath of fresh air through the graveyard on the way to the castle surroundings. I noticed one of the horse farms had put all their horses out to graze as I wheeled past. Actually I was trying out my older Nikon camera 7000 which I hadn’t used for some time as it is heavier than my Nikon 3000. I used to have to carry the camera, but since sitting in a wheelchair it is not such a burden.  The 7000 camera would be the better quality than the 3000 although I do not notice a big difference. I have to get used to the mechanics again. I had quite a few blurred photos at the beginning, but that was the lens that did not seem to match the mechanics. I love trying something different.

Tractor 15.08.2018

I noticed one of the local famers was busy with the tractor. They seems to be collecting the hay for the cow Winter food. I really get an insight into farm life living out in the sticks.

I told Mr. Swiss that it would be just an hour’s wheelie, but it turned into a little more, but I blamed it on using a different camera. I seemed to be alone on my tour. There were just a few cyclists that crossed my path on the way.

Railway 15.08 (1)

Even the local train had Sunday services, one train an hour in each direction. I spent the evening sorting my photos I had more than 100 on the camera, but most of them were not very good, being more blurred than anything else. Today is another day of rest at home. We have enough food, although I called Mr. Swiss on his mobile to bring some butter, as supplies are low. He said he might make an apple flan today with the apples we have gathered from the ground around the tree. I will probably cook the rest as they are a little sour and hard.

And now I have things to do whilst Mr. Swiss is away. Poor man really had to get up early this morning, but even a car has to have its care once a year.

Enjoy the day, have fun, and think of your computers. They also want to have fun.

Flowerbed 15.08 (3)

This seems to be a caster oil seed plant growing in one of our local flower beds.

Good Morning

Morning Sky

This morning we have cumulus clouds, at least we did. They have already disappeared to make room for blue skies and sun. Today we have a holiday and being a golden oldie I did not even realise it until yesterday when my son came home from work and said that he did not have to go to work the next day. I was surprised as I was sure his company had enough work. It soon crystallised into the fact that today no-one would be working in our Kanton as it is a catholic holiday for Assumption Day. I then remembered in my dark days of being a working woman, that 15th August was indeed a free day.

Good news for the workers, but not so good for the golden oldies that were not prepared for the fact that today all the shops would be closed. As we shop on a two day routine, it meant that the cupboard would be bare on Wednesday and Thurday and so yesteday afternoon Mr. and Mrs. Angloswiss made their way to the supermarket. There was an advantage. Tuesday if 10% cheaper day for golden oldies. I usually do not go shopping on Tuesday so for once I could use my permit. I noticed that I am not so active in the afternoon and walking is then not my strong point. In future all afternoon walks will be done with my walker I decided. I really felt giddy and weak in the store yesterday. Within an hour we had completed our quest and were on the way home again. Thankyou son, otherwise we would not have realised that today everything is closed.

Even as a golden oldie it has its advantages. We hugged our beds this morning a little longer and discovered no stress and planning for a morning’s shopping, it was already done.

Yesterday evening I was sitting out on the porch iPadding (a new verb) and Kindling (another new verb) and suddently noticed this.

Sunset

It was as if I was in a scene from The Poltergeist movie, one of Steven Spielberg’s, and the sky was reflecting in an very mysterious way. Perhaps they had landed, or was Donald Trump dying his hair. Who knows, but this was worth a photo or two, or three, or even more. I did it all with my iPhone X which has really a super photo function. I watched as the effect disappeared. It only lasted about 10 minutes and was the result of the setting son reflecting on the clouds. Sometimes nature plays the most beautiful tricks.

Amthausplatz Solothurn 12.08.2018

Perhaps I might make another tour into our town this afternoon if the weather temperature remain in a comfortable range. The fountains on our Amthausplatz are still spouting although we should be saving water at the moment. Amthaus would mean the district offices in English and it is where we have two large buildings, Amthaus 1 and 2 with the local law courts and official offices. There used to be one nice fountain on this square about 50 years ago, but some bright spark decided to have it all modernised and now we have this toy fountain lookalike spouting out of the ground in the middle of the square.

And I will now move on to lead the life of a lady of leisure. I might even get bored when I have nothing to do. Make the most of whatever you want to make the most of and enjoy the day. See you around some time in my afternoon.

Feldbrunnen 11.08 (1)