We’ve had a great holiday but now it is time to sign our entry in the guestbook, pack our bags and leave this lovely place with lots of memories to last us for a while. Well, probably only until Monday morning when school/ kindergarten/ playgroup/ hockey/ boy scouts/ piano lessons…start again. NO, I’m still on holiday at least foreign more night! this little lady has packed…
Today was probably one of the most spectacular hikes that we’ve done so far, not only were the views breath taking but also parts of the trail were quite difficult especially if you have trouble with heights. Quite surprising was that the normally craziest, wildest and oldest person in our family was being very responsible. We took a cable car up to the “Ebenalp” from there our hike lead through caves and a past a hermits lodge, a chapel called “Wildkirchli” (wild church) and a restaurant all built on the cliff. After the steep bit we were back in typical “Appenzeller countryside with its flowing hills and easy going trails. We walked down to “Schwende” where we took the train back. With a good feeling of having achieved something. (well until a wasp spoiled it by stinging our daughter while we were waiting for the train) the trail lead through this cave a former hermits lodge with a spectacular view “Wildkirchli” flowing hills of the “Appenzell” with a typical “alp” the train station that was nothing more than a sign post where you have to …
On our latest hike we went from the “Kronberg” to the “Schwägalp” , we had encounters with cows, goats and an impressive view of the gigantic Swiss flag on the “Säntis”. I really do mean gigantic, it measures 80 x 80 meters! We were just having a snack when suddenly a herd of goats came running down the mountain… …but thanks to our guard dog they didn’t try to steal any of our food. “Now you see it and now you don’t” (the gigantic Swiss flag disappearing behind the clouds)
Tomorrow is the first of August and the swiss national holiday. We’re having some friends over to stay. So today we’ve been busy preparing and decorating. Sometimes with a little help. But mainly my little helpers spent the afternoon marching up and down our road. I’m not quite sure what this parade has to do with the swiss national holiday. The yellow bucket is actually a trophy, but I have’nt worked that one out yet either… …definitely time for some “z’vieri”. Ingredients: 1. Augustweggli (made of a buttery bread dough) Landjäger (a swiss salami) Urnäscher Bergkäse (a local mountain cheese) Rucola (fresh rocket salad from the garden)
The boys have been spending their afternoons up at the farm “working”. They help get the cows in, feeding and milking them. After they’ve sent them back out again, it’s time to tend to the calfs and clean out the cow shed. After all is done, they come back home very happy and very SMELLY! This is much more fun then tidying up a bedroom. Mmmh! Fresh milk! Chasing after the naughty calfs and keeping them in check. (sounds a bit like my day job)
In the field next to our summer house we have received some new neighbors. They are getting a lot of attention especially from one young lady that seems to enjoy a little chat.
Unbelievable! Yesterday it was over 30°C and today just about 15°C. From blue skies to thick fog in just 24 hours. Although I must say after a walk out in the murky woods it’s quite nice to have a cosy afternoon indoors. The boys listening to their “Die drei ???” CD’s
It was another scorcher today, so perfekt for a walk along a stream with plenty of places to paddle. Our path went from “Wasserauen” to “Appenzell” along the “Schwendibach” in very idyllic countryside. Typical “Appenzeller” farm A paddle that ended up in a water fight Not just the boys had fun..
Today we went for a hike up the “Hundwilerhöchi”. The climb was over 400m (altitude) which was rather steep and 10km quite long for the little ones with short legs. The only thing that kept them going was the promise of an ice cream at the top. Mind you climbing over the styles and the adventures of crossing through cow fields did keep them busy (especially trying not to land in some cow pat). But todays highlight was probably the cool down at home… …as you can see our path had a couple of obstacles on the way up… …the boys got a bit to wild for their little sister..
We have arrived. After planing, packing and traveling at last we are on holiday. We have rented an old farm house for the summer in the “Appenzellerland”. The kids are absolutely over the moon because they have just discovered the barn with a pool table, table tennis and table football. My man has brought his bike and is busy messing about with it. And I’m looking forward to waking up to the sound of cow bells, going hiking, reading books and not planing what we’re going to do next (which in our hectic daily life is a luxury). Of course I can’t resist posting some pics, so drop in now and again and enjoy our summer holidays with us.