Tuesday, 31 July 2012

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My nephew is having a great time with his cousins, and discovering new things. The boys took great pleasure in introducing him to the Badi today and Harry had a marvellous time scaling - and then jumping off - the climbing wall.

Monday, 30 July 2012

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Getting ready for Wednesday and 1. August and Swiss National Day...

Sunday, 29 July 2012

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My nephew arrived this morning fit the week. He flew alone with Swiss Airlines. He loved the experience of 'flying unaccompanied' and he was well looked after! Thanks Swiss!

Saturday, 28 July 2012

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After the disappointment of the Mens Olympic road race - not only did Mark Cavendish not win but Cancellara crashed out and has seemingly broken his collarbone - I, and the rest of the family needed cheering up. So off we popped to the centre of town to watch the Coop Volleyball tournament. Free to watch and great fun. I embarrassed the boys by dancing to the music between points but it was hard not to get into the spirit. 
Finals are tomorrow so lets hope it doesn't rain too much!

Friday, 27 July 2012

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I took this photograph ages ago but, as the Olympics start, it's very appropriate today!
Whilst I am undoubtedly British, I will be supporting Spain (as always) and Switzerland as well. So...

HOPP SCHWIIZ!

Thursday, 26 July 2012

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Something that I learned in my Deutschkurs which I have had to pass on to John and the boys. Frei does mean Free - but it doesn't mean that you don't have to pay. It means free as in not taken/unoccupied. If something is free/no charge, it is kostenlos or gratis!

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

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Isaac introduced me to a new game when we were on holiday. Called Stadt Land Fluss, it's a category game in which you're given a letter of the alphabet and have to think of a word in a number of categories. Apparently Isaac plays it in German lessons at school when there are a few minutes to fill. I'm used to playing it in English but we had fun on holiday trying to play with our sometimes limited German vocabulary.
So we were amused to see these placemats in Wachter! Very tempted...

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

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You obviously have to be very clever to park here.
That excludes me then if it's based on parking skills!

Monday, 23 July 2012

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I've been married 18 years today. This anniversary was celebrated with wine, chocolate, flowers and a trip to Tibits. Unlike last year when it was a trip to casualty after John had a mishap with a plank of wood with a nail in it embedding itself in his face!

Sunday, 22 July 2012

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Dogs in church? Oh yes, dogs go everywhere in Switerland. And they're very well behaved too. Must have something to do with them all being trained and licensed!
This is Roxanne. She has to be the most chilled dog I've ever met!

Saturday, 21 July 2012

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A wonderful visit to St. Gallen today. St Gallus was Irish you know! Couldn't take photos in the gorgeous library but there will pictures of the outside and of other sights of St. Gallen on Flickr soon!

Friday, 20 July 2012

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A play area in the middle of a city? Actually it's not a play area but the road/path surface seems to be made of that bouncy stuff they use in play grounds. Pretty cool!

Thursday, 19 July 2012

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Once more the boys are making use of the many sporting facilities in Winterthur. Another football pitch, another kick about!

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Monday, 16 July 2012

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I actually took this picture yesterday but didn't post it. I'm a bit sad posting it today as the little green bird in the picture was lying dead outside our 'back door' earlier. Huge thanks to Isaac for moving it so that I could go outside.

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Saturday, 14 July 2012

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We went to GLATT today to get John's iPod touch sorted - we love the Apple store ;o) - and saw that LEGO have a 'play area' on the ground floor. There's a giant yellow car being built but I liked the animals best!

Friday, 13 July 2012

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Back to Switzerland today - here's Pride, London Olympic mascot, waving goodbye to the UK!

Thursday, 12 July 2012

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TipTopSwiss has been in the UK this week - here are some pictures!










Friday, 6 July 2012

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Off on holiday again, this time home to England. See you next week!

Thursday, 5 July 2012

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Today was a really warm, pleasant day and then, all of a sudden...
Torrential rain and huge hailstones!
Swiss weather!!

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

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John decided yesterday to extend our holiday by an hour and cross Zürichersee on the car ferry. Just because!
Great fun, especially as John decided to hang out of the window to take photographs!

Monday, 2 July 2012

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The end of our holidays :O(

The view from our tent on the last morning. Fluffy clouds but a fine day. About 20 miles into our journey, the rain started pouring from the sky!

Sunday, 1 July 2012

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Two photographs today.
We took a trip on the Jungfraubahn, celebrating 100 years this year, up the Jungfraujoch from Lauterbrunnen via Wengen and Kleine Scheidig. It was a very cloudy day but the sky atop the mountain was blue when we took this photo. 30 minutes later, visibility was virtually zero!

And I can't post today without a photograph of us watching the European Cup final in an Italian restaurant, PizPaz , in Interlaken. Didn't stop me shouting loudly for Spain!