Good Morning

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We had thick grey clouds yesterday evening and now it is raining. No problem, it does the garden good to have some fresh water now and again. Today is again a holiday in the catholic areas of Switzerland for Corpus Christi whatever that is. All the stores are closed which does not bother me. It is only one day and I rarely go shopping on Thursday. I remember in the olden days when I was a working woman and we enjoyed a day off now and again. I would often take the Friday off as well to make a nice long week-end.

Although our Kanton is closed today others have a normal day. Mr. Swiss has at last organised a walker for himself and they will bring it today. It will be much easier for his mobility. He has a wheelchair, but it takes up room in the apartment and he rarely uses it. Although it is a holiday, the chair will be delivered from the Kanton next to ours, Kanton Bern, as they are not closed down.

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I might take a wheelie this afternoon if it stops raining. It has cooled down a little, but I am glad. Going on a wheelie in the hot sun is not very comfortable. Yesterday was a day of shopping so we are set up for food. My next door neighbour is planning his garden and loves to plant herbs. He asked me yesterday if I would mind if he planted a pumpkin next to the corner of my garden. I told him to go ahead, a pumpkin is always a good subject for a photo.

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My raised beds are exploding at the moment and the carnations are now flowering. I noticed a slug this morning outside. I am keeping an eye on them, but  luckily they are not such good climbers and only one has reached the top of the raised bed up to now.

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My apples are now developing on my tree and looking good.

Otherwise no big developments on this side of the pond. Britain is getting excited about voting for a new prime minister, although it is not a people vote that decides, but a parliamentary one. There was a TV presentation of the candidates have a talk, the main theme being Brexit. At the moment it seems that Boris Johnson is the favourite with most votes in his favour and the only one with a clear concept of leaving the EU. I don’t mind Boris actually. He has some amusing ideas now and again, but he has had a life in journalism and can even speak a few foreign languages, which is more than can be said for most. Donald Trump seems to like him, but I find that more negative than positive.

So enough of politics, everyone to their own opinion. We do not have such problems in Switzerland as every year we get a new president, chosen from one of our 7 ministers. I even have problems keeping up with who the new president is.

And now to deal with daily chores. I do not know when the guy is arriving with the walker for Mr. Swiss, but I hope not to early and that I have managed to shower and dress in normal daily clothes.

I expect to be around again some time today, so enjoy the day. See you later.

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Good Morning

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Good Morning

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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.

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

Good Morning

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After dithering around with emptying the cat tray, opening curtains and some windows and putting away the washing, I am here. I also squeezed in a photo of the sunrise this morning and what a sunrise it was. The further the summer progresses the bigger and brighter the sun. No rain at the moment, so I have to do it myself with the hose.

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Of course there are a few disadvantages with the wet weather we have had and the slugs are again attacking. I found this little guy climing up the wall. My plants seem to be safe at the moment, although there are a few suspicious holes in the leaves of one of my hosta beds. Even a slug has to survive. There are insects that serve a purpose in nature’s world, but I have not yet discovered the purpose of slug.

So what did we do yesterday? I dragged myself out for a short excursion of my part of the village.

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I was not really expecting to find anything astonishing for the camera, but made my way to the hill with a view of the River Aare and the local garbage burning plant with its chimneys continuously smoking away. I saw a few very interesting cloud formations. This part of the village has nothing in particular. Sometimes the farmer has his sheep heard out grazing, but they seem to have disappeared.

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However I found a few cows grazing on the field. On this particular pasture the cows usually had horns, but this farmer seems to have decided that horns are no longer welcome.

Mr. Swiss was surprised when I was back home only after an hour, but I told him I would not be long. I just wanted to get out and enjoy some fresh air. In the far gone days when we were younger we probably would have gone for an excursion somewhere, perhaps to Bern or visiting one of the nearby lakes, but these days are no longer. We no longer have the energy or lust, even capability and prefer to relax in our own little village. I was ready to relax in the evening after uploading a few photos and other computer tasks when I saw a remainder of ironing to be dealt with.

And now it is Monday morning again, the beginning of a new week. Today I must go on a quest to the store. I dislike going shopping on Saturday afternoon and avoid it when I can. We were down to the minimum of toilet paper, but have survived with a roll to spare, but today I have it at the top of the list. Paper handkerchieves are also getting low, the problem being that I am the only one in the family that goes shopping. My No. 1 son brings me forgotten items now and again, but he works and does not always have the time.

And so to go further with the daily chores. I hope your week begins well, if not that it gets better as it progresses.

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Good Morning

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No, this is not a photo of this morning’s clouds. This morning it is grey, but no clouds, just dismal. This is from yesterday afternoon where a storm was on its way, although the afternoon stayed dry. During the afternoon I got a report on my phone that the storm had now reached Bern with large hailstones and torrential rainfalls, although they always tend to overdo it a little. However, Bern is just over 40 kilometers from where we live, and so anything could be.

It arrived in the evening in our area: first with high winds and so I was out in the garden supporting my tall plants (especially the hollyhocks) with metal tomato poles. Something I had intended to do for some time. I also put the chairs on the porch out of harms way and a few potted plants and I was ready.  We got no hailstones, a few claps of thunder and lightening, but no big deal. However the winds were very strong, but my garden survived very well. Probably the soaking of the rain did it good.

Luckily I managed to get away in the afternoon for a wheelie into town. I was on a photo quest for a few of those shops that were closing due to almost no profits with online shopping.

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This used to be a thriving toy shop and I remember my visits around Christmas for the kids toys when they were younger. The shop had been in the hands of a family for years. It was then taken over by another shopholder family, still selling toys, but also prams and other baby requirements. At the time of carnival they also sold the costumes and always had a figure dressed in a carnival costume outside. This has now been closed down and I have no idea what will happen.

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The shop encased in a wooden cover was one of the town’s oldest chemists shops and drug store (by coincidence with our family name, but no relation). It was a household name here. This closed about a year ago as the owners of the building doubled the rents and is now being redesigned for something new.

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And this was a thriving clothes deparment store, belonging to a chain throughout Switzerland. The owner closed them all and this branch was taken over by an Italian clothing store chain. Only for a few months as they realised that there were no profits to be made. It is now empty and closed since almost a year and will also be something else eventually.

It is sad to see stores belonging to families in the third generation already, being closed. I said to Mr. Swiss yesterday that in 10 years we will no longer recognise our market town of Solothurn (if we are still here with my than 83 years and Mr.Swiss 90 years).

And so I wheeled on in my chair and discovered yet a new street musician. I wheeled past him when he was getting prepared for his entertainment fixing the bells on his ankles.

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He then produced his instrument, I think it is a sort of shalmei, and began to play stamping his feet with the bells in the rhythm. He gathered a few spectators and even collected money in his hat on the side. The music was OK, but a bit nerve killing with time.

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I decided to wheel on home along the river bank after taking a shot of the river in town with our landhouse on the right and including our restaurant mile in the background in front of our Wengi bridge.

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I wheeled on home alonge the path next to the river bank which was now looking quite lush with the rain we have had lately. I had a meal to cook for the evening (chilli) and my photos to upload, as well as writing a couple of blogs. Mr. Swiss was off to bed around ten and it was me and my computer uploading and describing photos and emptying the dishwasher, as well as hanging up the washing. Anyhow it all keeps me out of mishief.

I have had my breakfast, written my piece of the morning and also baked up a platted bread, so what could possibly go wrong. I now want to bake a nectarine tart and deal with the usual household chores. A woman’s work is never done, but you never get bored.

My botanist colleague, Tony in sunny California,  told me that this plant is also known as a gaura lindheimer of which I have group growing in the garden. They are mainly pinkish red, but this morning I discovered I have a white one. I leave you with its photo and wish everyone a very good day.

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Good Morning

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Seems to me to be an uncertain weather show from the clouds and I was expecting a nice sunny week-end. The last reports I read were that today we will be getting heavy storms over Switzerland and strong winds. At the moment everything is under control, and I did a days work before breakfast: changing the garbage bag in the kitchen, emptying the cat’s recycling tray and even evicting a slug from my raised beds.

I was expecting an invasion of slugs after the wet weather we have been having but my new plants in the garden are not slug friendly and they have to climb up to reach the selection in my raised beds. After finding the first pioneer of the year I made a closer inspection of the livestock in my beds, but found no others. Mine is now enjoying the meal supplied by our wild meadow opposite.

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I also found some woodlice sheltering under the leaves of the plants. I have only managed to get one photo up to now, as soon as you lift the leaves they scuttle away-

Yesterday was week-end shopping and quite a casual session in the afternoon, but I forgot Monday lunch. It is still new for me to go shopping in the afternoon and I am still getting used to buying on Friday for Monday.  I really did not want to go shopping over the week-end, although if we are getting such bad weather today I might risk it. I checked on the reserves and discovered enough potatoes, some diced bacon and eggs, so I could manage at a pinch on Monday with Swiss Rösti, Bernese style with bacon cubes, and a fried egg on top. I also think I have a few remainders of frozen veg as well as some tomatoes, so we will not starve on Monday if I am house confined today.

I was actually planning a little on an afternoon visit into town today, but will have to postpone it. I noticed a few of the stores in town are gradually disappearing. Shops that have been in the hands of generations locally. The property is being redesigned and there is too much competition with online buying. The computers are taking over slowly but surely.  I just wanted to grab a few photos before they disappear completely.

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The town of Solothurn is slowly beginning to just be empty streets and when the last shops disappear it will be a ghost town, with only restaurants and food shops: stuff you do not usually buy online, although the local supermarket also makes deliveries.

The world is changing as we know it and we are having to adapt.

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I discovered a new flower in the garden this morning. The gardener lady planted a few patches of these. I am not sure of the name, but found something similar in my plant app known as beeblossom. they have long stalks and are full of buds.

By the way a funny thing was happening with my WordPress Site, not that I minded. Over the last few days my increase in likes and visitors climbed to untold heights, with 500 visitors a day. Not that I mind, I usually get in the range of 2-300 daily. I am not someone who checks very often and I do not go in for record visits. I just have fun blogging, but I was astonished at an almost 100% increase. I had a further look to see where these people were coming from and discovered that the Philippines were supplying me with almost 200 visits a day. Why the Philippines? I have no idea. The States and Europe and a few Asian countries appear, but a group of islands where I know almost no-one seems strange to me. I am sure that the mysteries of Internet are using their influence.  Anyhow today everything back to normal it seems and my Philippine friends have disappeared overnight, not even one as liked anything.

So now to move on with some fun games like cleaning and cooking, make the most of the day everyone, see you later.

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Good Morning

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Yesterday a sunny day and I was certain today would be rain. I was not far from my suspicion. As I stopped hugging the bed I heard the first drops outside the window, but it was a short interval and has now stopped leaving a few promising clouds in the sky that were already disappearing.

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I decided to venture into town yesterday afternoon. It was almost a week since the last journey due to the rain. I noticed when passing one of the bridges, that the water level is higher than usual, but nothig spectacular.

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The swans were out, searching for food. I love those acrobatics they do when their head goes underwater searching for whatever they find. They paddle with their feet to keep the balance.

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The horses were also out in the field and one seemed to be doing some gymnastic exercises on the grass.

I wheeled on into town but there was nothing special happening. I went past our catholic priests training school on the way to town, which is nothing really special. On the other side of the road we have the palace for the Bishop of Basel who resides in our Kanton which is something more special. I also met a guy in vicar clothes on the way. He saw me and asked where the palace was, in english of all languages. I suppose he was visiting the bishop.

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I eventually arrived in town, but nothing very much happening, although there was a street musician with a few various instruments.

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I do not now what this one was, but it sounded OK. I do not think he was making very much turnover. I noticed groups of men walking around the town with their names pinned onto their clothes. There must have been a group visit to Solothurn. I think if it was not for the summer visitors we would be a ghost town in Summer.

Eventually I decided to return home and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon (and early evening) out on the porch with my computer, with a break for tea, our evening food supply. In the evening I do not usually cook, perhaps on Saturday evening. It is the usual cold cuts with a side salad or just a few tomatoes and cucumber.

As I sit here with my breakfast and an open kitchen window I hear the sound of the electric hedge cutter from the neighbour.  We had our hedge cut at the beginning of the week by the gardener, and now the neighbours seem to be following our example one after the other. I also noticed a small excavator parked on our parking lot outside and yesterday on my wheelie saw that part of our path is being renovated. Luckily I have an alternative path, otherwise I would have difficulty with my wheelchair. Funny how these things matter. Before I became dependant on my chair for long distances, I really never thought of the problems that someone could have when handicapped. It gives you a completely different view on the world. I am also thankful for the people that help. Only a couple of days ago I had to get a new supply of Cola, six large 1,5 liter bottles. I can manage to lift it but always ask if there is someone near. The guys in the store are always helpful, but I had to shift the pack from my trolly to the car boot. There was a guy also packing stuff in his car and he put my pack in my car for me when I asked, with a smile and wished a good day. These little things set you up for the day.

And now to go further with the daily tasks. This afternoon I have yet another excursion to the store as it is week-end shopping time and I have not yet made the list. We are still thinking about the menu plan for the week-end, bearing in mind not too much time spent in the kitchen but having a variety. Mr. Swiss tells me that good weather is predicted so no good making stews etc.

Have a good week-end everyone. I will leave you with a so-called knapweed (I think) that I saw on my journey yesterday in a nearby path. Even wild flowers have their charm.

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