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Thursday, 28 August 2008

I went for a Walk

Sometimes life can be a bit boring. Working fifty percent means I am at work in the morning, on my way home from work do some shopping and when I get home cook lunch for me and Mr. Swiss. My son has now departed and returned to Brussels where he returns to work next Monday, so we are alone again. Mr. Swiss was busy this afternoon so I decided to take a walk with my camera, naturally.

Mr. Swiss made the suggestion to walk along the river, but basically I wanted to visit the cemetery. He said turn right along the river, go up the path to the catholic priests teaching college (we have one here) and then walk on to the cemetery. Although that seemed to me to be a bit of a distance, I decided to take the chance. Just me and my camera acting on doctor's orders about getting more exercise.


Along the River Aare, Solothurn

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It was beautiful weather, sunny and hot, but enough shade to walk along. The River Aare showed itself from its best side. The river starts somewhere in the Bernese Overland and meanders into the Lake of Biel/Neuchâtel eventually. It is quite wide in Solothurn.


Along the River Aare, Solothurn

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Eventually I left the river to go on a long path in the direction of the cemetery. I noticed that the corn was quite high and would soon be ready for cutting. This is not the sweet corn meant for human consumption, but the larger raw variety for feeding to cattle and other animals.


Corn Field


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I then arrived at the cemetery. A quiet place although there were some workmen around preparing a field for some more residents. In Switzerland you can buy your ground for a family grave which is very expensive and something that usually only the wealthy can afford. Otherwise you may stay for forty years and afterwards the families are informed that the ground will be made free again. The relations can then decide if they want to keep the grave stone or not. In the olden days there were so-called "bone houses" in Switzerland where the bones were kept, but that is no longer the practice.


Path in cemetery, Solothurn

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This photo shows one of the older parts of the cemetery where the family graves are from the old families of Solothurn.


Communal Grave, Solothurn cemetery

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And this is the communal grave where people with no family or money are cremated and buried. I find it very well kept and it is the grave where there are always fresh flowers.


Horses in Feldbrunnen

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I always know when I am nearly home as I pass the stables and riding school near bye. This grey horse invited me to take his photo. I eventually arrived home tired and more or less happy. Mr. Swiss greet me with "where is your camera" and then invited me into the garden where a strange insect was smiling and waiting for me to take his photo sitting on the outside table. I just could not resist, so this is the last photo for today. Unknown insect on table.


Insect in garden

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