Thursday 29 October 2015

An Autumn Walk

Feldbrunnen scenery

As I was finishing my daily prompt today, I looked out the window and saw that the sun was shining, a very pleasant afternoon.

“Did you want to go for a walk” I asked Mr. Swiss.”

“No problem, in about five minutes.”

I needed the five minutes to finish writing something and to put my best walking gear on and then we were ready and Mr. Swiss needed the five minutes to deposit a full plastic garbage bag in our communal trash bin. Yes, even the trash is organised in Switzerland.. 

We crossed the road and the first thing I saw was the landscape with the clouds hanging over the Jura mountains and the cows in the field.

“I just have to stop and take a photo.” 

There was no answer, Mr. Swiss had marched on regardless. He was used to losing me when I made a photo stop. Actually I found him again talking to one of the horses outside the stable which  we passed on our walk.


The horse was not really up to a conversation, and was more listening to what Mr. Swiss had to say. When I arrived with the camera, the horse turned away from Mr. Swiss and gave me a smile for the camera.The chickens in the next field were doing what chickens do, so I also gave them a wave and took their photo. Harald, the rooster, was standing on the left keeping an eye on his women folk. He told me he lost 4 wives to the fox last week. Luckily Harald was spared this time, especially as his tail feathers now seem to be recovering from the last attack.


We decided to leave the cemetery on the left and progress to the top of the hill as I saw something interesting for the camera. It will soon be halloween and there will be enough going on at the cemetery at the week-end.

And then I saw them, arranged in a nice pile.

Sugar beets

These are sugar beets, or whatever you call them in your country. There are piles of them dotted around the fields at the moment where they have been harvested and are waiting for transport to the Swiss Sugar Refinery in Aarberg, the largest sugar refinery in Switzerland supplying all our sugar needs. I saw them growing in the fields throughout the Summer and now they are ready for processing.

The long summer days are now gone and it was getting darker, so we took the path for home. I had a few ends to tie at the computer and had another camera full of photos to upload.


  1. Goodness, sugar beets. I have never seen them before Pat. How come they are done like that instead of being picked and packed by machine do you Know? You wouldn't have a closeup of one would you? Would love to see that.

    Have a great weekend. Huggles.

    1. They are dug out of the ground by machine and left in huge piles all over the fields. They then have to be tranported to the refinery (see link) where they are worked on. they look like an oversized turnip close up - nothing special.

  2. Nice walk. Lovely horse and Harald looks resplendent now his feathers are all back to perfect.

    1. Not quite all back yet, but on the way. His womenfolk still respect him as the boss, that it what counts.