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Month: July 2021

The Unthreatening Clouds

The Unthreatening Clouds

The unthreatening clouds did not bother me during my bike ride but it was cooler than sometimes at this time of year. I occasionally felt that an extra layer or two would be welcome. That’s unusual in July at this time of year. I chose routes that kept me as far from cars as possible. I also chose wider roads. They may be safer. The challenge is to find roads where cars are banned. We will see if the rain…

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Beware The Storms

Beware The Storms

They announced rain and storms but we hardly ever get either in this part of Switzerland. I wasn’t going to use this blog for short posts but I can’t focus.

The Bike Ride

The Bike Ride

During a pandemic one of the safest places to be is on a bike on quiet rural roads. The only people you meet are sporty so there is a higher likelihood that they are sporty. Today I had to be respectful when passing two horses. They can often be afraid when they see cyclists, as we look strange. Bright colours, a strange machine underneath us. It can also be that the rider is also a little afraid. I always pass…

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Relaxing Cows

Relaxing Cows

Ordinarily you see pictures of cows standing up looking towards the camera but occassionaly people like me walk by cows when they are on their chewing the cud break. They lie around and slouch. It’s amusing to see three cows in close proximity like this. They have their eyes closed, their legs out. Are you used to seeing such scenes? Cows in Switzerland have a good life. They head from the valleys to the top of mountains, eat grass, and…

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Sunflowers And Bees

Sunflowers And Bees

Sometimes you go for a walk and you see sunflowers and bees. The bees love the sunflowers and sometimes the volume of bees is so great that you can hear a swarm, or even many swarms of them. Each one picks up a little nectar before moving on to the next. I don’t know whether they have a honey made just from sunflowers, like they do from lavender or other plants.

Looking At Sunflowers

Looking At Sunflowers

Most people go and take pictures from the front rather than from the back of sunflowers. I like to be different because it’s more interesting. Taking pictures from the front is easy now. All phone makers have made it easy. It’s good to do things differently and to stay creative. I took this during the daily bike ride.

Announced Rain and Storms

Announced Rain and Storms

They often announce rain and storms and we often get very little of either. The weather here is dry. The little rain that did fall was sandy. Farmers have harvested their crops but so far the rain is not worrying.

Grains – Harvesting Before the Rain

Grains – Harvesting Before the Rain

According to my watch, and farmers, a storm is coming. That’s why they are busy trying to harvest all the grain before it hits. At this time of year you can watch the combine harvesters harvesting all the fields and collecting grain. You can then see tractors following up and gathering what they leave on the fields and making plenty of bails. I can’t focus so I’m cutting this post short.

Walking Down The Jura

Walking Down The Jura

Today I woke up and instead of cycling up to see this view and have a meal I decided to do the opposite. I would walk down. Two or three summers ago I walked up and they took four or five hours. Walking down is much easier. One or two bits are steep and my shoes lost traction. It wasn’t serious or life threatening. The ground is soft and the gradient is simply steep. I went from around 20 degrees…

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