All posts filed under: Summer Holiday

“Doei”, We’ll Be Back…

We’ve had a great two weeks windsurfing, long boarding, swimming, canoeing, stand up paddling, building sand castles, playing beach volleyball, feeding the ducks and geese in our garden, sight seeing….and in between all our activities I’ve still found time to sketch, read a book (that’s quite an achievement) and relax.   So for now it’s “doei” (bye) to holland but I’m sure we’ll be back.

You Can’t Go To Holland Without Visiting A …

Today we headed to the town of Harderwijk to visit an old windmill. The mill was built in 1778 and destroyed by a fire in 1998 but has since been rebuilt in an exact replication. It’s being run by extremely nice volunteers that showed the kids how it all worked and let them ask loads of questions. So if you’re ever in the region it’s a definitely worth a visit.

Rocking The Road…

We’re off on our summer holidays! After packing half the household (or so it feels). After double checking that we haven’t forgotten anything (passports, dog vaccine pass, travel documents etc.), we are off to Holland … Yuppie!!! After a long 8 hour drive (due to a lot of traffic). We decided to call it a day. We stayed at a little hotel in the town Dinslaken which is actually in the “Ruhrpott” (the industrial part of north Germany), not that you would guess from these pictures… Refreshed and very excited (especially the kids) we headed off to Bad Hoophuizen in Holland. with the countryside getting much flatter than what we’re used too, we could tell that it couldn’t be much further… …a couple of hours later we arrived. Our holiday home for the next two weeks… …right, now it’s time to unpack and relax…

Time To Say Goodbye

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…

Cliffhanger, Eat Your Heart Out!

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 …

Hiking, Views, And More … Cows

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)

Happy “Erscht Auguscht”

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)

It’s Hard Work Being On Holiday

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)