RDP Wednesday: Gelid

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I took a wheelie along the bank of the river on my home way from town. I have not been along the river for some time. It can be a bumpy ride in the chair, but I wanted to see if anything had changed.

Suddenly two swans appeared, a pair, as swans are very family minded and stay together for their lifetime. I was just getting ready for a photo, although it was not so easy as I had full sun shining and only my mobile camera. Then it happened, family swan was complete and one of the offspring appeared. He or she was definitely not cold in the water, although its coat was still only fluff and not the real feathery thing. Afterwards a second cygnet appeared but I was really blinded by the sun. What a wonderful experience it was to see family swan on their outing on the river.

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RDP Wednesday: Gelid

RDP Wednesday: Paragon

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I was in town this afternoon. Actually I did my shopping in the store just on the edge of town and after giving up my two bags to be brought home I usually wheel through town. Shopping is done, no more duties and just take my time to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the people.

I then looked up, probably searching for a subject for a quick shot with my mobile phone camera and saw him. Was he watching me or just looking out of the window. You just cannot trust anyone today. I am sure he was a spy.

RDP Wednesday: Paragon

RDP Wednesday: Cherish

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On my way home this afternoon it had stopped raining at last. Wheeling in a chair is not such fun when it is raining. The problem is when you pick up speed the wind blows my hood off and my hair gets wet. Must remember to wear a base ball cap the next time.

I realised something today. Since being carless my life has become more an open air life. I am out and about in my chair. Although it might rain now and again, I survive and I see some wonderful sights on my way. As the rain stopped the clouds began to withdraw from our local mountain chain. Nature can be so wonderful with its actions and I cherish all of them.

RDP Wednesday: Cherish

RDP Wednesday: Inure

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You just have to adapt, although I am not sure about this mixed bunch of figures I saw in a restaurant window, but they were all smiling at me.

I was on a shopping tour today, but almost full of disappointments. The meat I wanted for Saturday lunch, they only have on Friday, meaning another trip to town on Friday afternoon, although I don’t really mind. I quite enjoy my life at the moment. My dull routine of driving to the supermarket is over, I still drive, but a wheelchair and I see so much on the way, like these figures in the restaurant window.

So I did not get my meat, but shifted on to the cheese and discovered that they had no cheddar cheese today which I needed for Friday lunch to make a cauliflower cheese dish with the meat. As an alternative (again) I chose gruyère which is similar in taste. I was eventually finished in the store and wheeled on home through town, taking a few photos on the way and generally enjoying being amongst people.

I has also bought a spicy ham in the store which said it would be ideal eaten with a melon. I had forgot to buy a melon, but again I used my gift of versatility. On the way home I pass the other store nearer to home and decided to see if they might have a melon. They had three sorts to choose from. I also had a quick look in the cheese selection and yes, they had cheddar.  This extra little tour only took about five minutes of my time and now have everything I need – until Friday.  I might not be mobile in body, but my brain still often does overtime.

RDP Wednesday: Inure

RDP Wednesday: Snag

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As you can see the snags of living with Covid 19 are on a notice in front of the supermarket door with the words “how to protect yourself”.

I am still living my carless life, and up to now no big problems. It is a smaller supermarket, but enough room to wheel around in and I am managing OK, you can even see my reflection in the door. Today I wanted to take a pack of coldcuts from the hook which was just a little far away. I was just getting ready to park the chair and stand up when a hand appeared from one side, removed the pack and gave it to me. What could be better? When I  arrived at the store, I was ready to throw my empty plastic bottle into the container when a  lady immediately asked if she could help and did it for me. There are so many wonderful people.

And now our government has given out the message that from mid June, when no snags occur in the meanwhile, everything will be back to almost normal, at least the new normal. People will go to work, will travel on busses and trains and will go shopping. All shops and restaurants will be open as normal. I am not sure about keeping a distance, as I have not read the official notice, but I saw in the last couple of weeks that new cases of the corona virus were less and less, not more than a flu attack.

There is still talk that there could be a second wave in Autumn due to the colder temperatures and other reasons, but I am no expert.  It looks like little Switzerland has almost got through it all.

RDP Wednesday: Snag

RDP Wednesday: Pedantic

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Isn’t it wonderful to return to our old system. One of the first things I would hear in the morning was the chatter and laughter of children on their way to school, but since at least six weeks this has been missing from our surroundings.

Our government was being very pedantic about what we should and should not do during the beginnings of the outbreak of the coranavirus and one stipulation was to close the schools and kindergartens, but now they are open again and it is great to see the kids on their way, under the watchful eye of their parents in some cases

RDP Wednesday: Pedantic

RDP Wednesday: Composure

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Lockdown is gradually being unlocked and today I saw this composed picture of orchids in the store. The actual gardening department is still closed, but in the basement they have the necessities for keeping your garden healthy to sell. It is only the live real flowers that are not yet open.

They shifted all the orchids into the main supermarket at a price of 7.50 Swiss francs each, which is very reasonable, a special offer. I resisted and did not buy any, although I must admit I was tempted. My orchids at home have now lost or are losing their flowers, with one exception, which had made four new buds with a fifth on the way.

As I spotted a slug this morning in the garden I decided it was time to buy some killing pellets for them, so I went to the basement to get a packet. Now that was a real maze. As the sport clothing was next to the gardening stuff, they had to make a special route to show which way you had to go. It was all one way streets in the store with arrows to show the way and I had to take a 2-3 minute walk until I got to where I wanted, but I found my box of pellets. I was lucky as it was the last box they had. Yes, the slugs are invading us. Shame they do not eat virus, then we would be rid of the pest. However I did not lose my composure and stayed calm all the way.

RDP Wednesday: Composure

RDP Wednesday: Dance

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Is this dancing? I think it is called break dancing and last year I stumbled upon this group of youngsters demonstrating their qualities outside the apprentices school in the local town.

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It was quite impressive and very acrobatic.

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Now these two were attempting a Zorba the Greek dance in town.

I used to dance in my younger days, twist was my speciality, but today’s younger generations have probably never heard of it. Mr. Swiss and I never danced very much together. I had a small problem. I went to an all girls grammar school in England and when we had our dance lessons, being one of the tallest in the class, I always had to be the man. This meant I only learned to lead in a dance and not to follow: one of the reasons why it never worked when Mr. Swiss and I would dance together.

RDP Wednesday: Dance