We’re back up at our caravan in the Engadin in Silvaplana (1815 meters above sea level). It was a bit chilly this morning (4°C/ 39°F) with a northern wind blowing (made it felt a lot colder), but the sun was shining and so we decided to take the panoramic trail to St. Moritz. From our Campsite in Silvaplana we headed up through the village. With the trail being south facing and the exercise of climbing up hill, it didn’t take us long to warm up… …through the village of Champfèr… …back up to the trail… and down to St.Moritz… …and the sighting of this little squirrel, (on our way down to St. Moritz) made the kids day!
We’re spending the weekend in the Appenzellerland (an area in the east part of Switzerland). A beautiful spot! So join us on our hike down the “hoher Kasten” and see for yourselves (that is when the clouds aren’t in the way)… We started in “Brülisau” (921 metres above sea level) and took the cable car up to the top of the “Hoher Kasten” (1’784.5 metres above sea level). From there we hiked back down the mountain. A hike that takes about 1 and a half hours (if you walk all the way). …nearly down, time for some refuelling at the restaurant “Ruhesitz”… The boys decided to have a little fun on the last couple of kilometres of the hike. They rented scooters at the restaurant and whizzed off down to “Brülisau”… ..and the rest of us walked and enjoyed the authentic and beautiful scenery.
At last! We packed our stuff, hooked our caravan up and headed off to our Summer season campsite. Our journey started in Schneisingen (where our caravan is parked) and went right through Switzerland, up to the mountain village of Silvaplana (1815 meters above sea level). It’s quite an adventure for us, as: -we’ve never driven our caravan onto a car shuttle train before (the pass road has to many steep turns) -we’ve never camped at this altitude (snow possible even in Summer) -and we’ve never parked our caravan at a campsite for a whole season (middle of April until the middle of October) Well we’re always good for an adventure so here goes… The journey from Schneisingen to Klosters wasn’t very eventful (except for the scenery)… The car shuttle train took us from Klosters, 19 kilometers through the Vereina tunnel to Sagliains, in the middle of the beautiful Engadin. Only a couple more Kilometers to go… Made it! The kids were great (to excited to argue), no breakdowns or mishaps (although the road got a …
Yup! We’ve got the camping bug and are back at our favourite lakeside campsite in the Klöntal. After enjoying ourselves so much last time, we packed our stuff on Friday and headed off to the mountains. This time we couldn’t resist a hike in our panoramic surroundings. So on Saturday we got our walking boots on and took the path up towards the “Chäsalp”… …but half way up the steep climb, we decided to take a ridgeway path to “Richisau”. We thought it would be easier for the kids… (we weren’t the only ones out for a climb) …what we didn’t realise, was that parts of the ridgeway path really were on a ridge… …but all the hard work was well worth it for this view… …and of course for this delicious piece of chocolate cake! After the long and adventurous hike we took the easy way back… …the good old “Postauto”. MerkenMerken MerkenMerken
It’s Mr. T’s Birthday! Mr. T’s loves to cook (well that is, when he’s not biking) and because he has been very busy lately, creating delicious dinners, it’s taken a toll on our casserole pan (my pressie). While I was looking for something to cook for his Birthday dinner, the kids got busy making him a personal pressie… …of course as soon as the fun bit was finished, they all disappeared off outside to play with their friends and left me to do the wrapping up… …which I secretly quite enjoyed.
“Grittibänz Zit”? It’s Swiss for “Grittibänz” time. “Grittibänz” is a Swiss advents tradition. It’s a man (or in our case a lady as well) made of sweet bread dough that we bake around the day of St. Niklas (“Samichaus”) on the 6th of December. If your too busy and living here you can just pop down to your local bakery and buy one. But for all of you, that don’t live in Switzerland, and want to give it a go… The Ingredients 500g flour 15g yeast 1tsp salt 60g butter 1tbsp sugar 3dl milk Decorations cranberries raisins almond slivers coarse sugar 1 egg Mix the ingredients to a dough and leave to rise. After it has risen. Preheat the oven at 200°C. Form the dough to a sausages. Shape the neck by squeezing slightly the top quarter of the sausage. Make cuts for the arms and legs and decorate with raisins, cranberries, almonds and leftover dough. Brush with egg wash and bake for 20-25 minutes. As you can see, there are no end of possibilities to …
This is a Swiss kindergarten tradition. It’s at the beginning of November when the sugar beets are harvested and it’s called “Räbeliechtli” (sugar beet light). The kids sculpture little lanterns at kindergarten or at home… Then in the evening they all meet up at kindergarten and parade around the neighborhood with their lanterns, singing songs as they go along. After the parading it’s back to kindergarten, to enjoy some warm tee and gingerbread.
It’s a bit foggy this afternoon, the sun is trying to burn it up but isn’t having much luck. No reason though for staying indoors. We decided to go for a walk in the vineyards behind our house… With her big brothers at school our daughter decided to play hide and seek with our dog… “Where has she gone?” “Below you!” Shortly after we got back the boys came home from school. They heard all about our walk and felt a bit left out…so to compensate we cooked some marshmallows over a fire in the back garden. Simply enjoying autumn!
Autumn is on our doorstep, the gras and trees are turning to a dull shade of green and the flowers are fading. So making the most of the dry weather, we headed off to the woods for a walk. We collected pinecones and dry branches to make a campfire… …the kids absolutely loved it and after a run around the woods, what better way to recharge those batteries than with a campfire cooked sausage! …On her best behavior… (or maybe it was a pose to pounce on anything that hit the floor), but fortunatly our youngest took pity on her a gave her a bit of hers.
With the dog needing a walk and the kids some fresh air. We headed off up the hill behind our house. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t as good as forecasted so we had to take cover a couple of times. But as soon as they saw the swing, they couldn’t have been less bothered about the weather, quite the opposite they were enjoying themselves so much that didn’t want to go home (pleeeeease Mummy just one more go)… …little adventures on the way… …and of course The Swing! While the boys couldn’t get enough our youngest took a break. Wheeeee! Look at me! After a lot more swinging it was finally time to go home with the promise to come back soon…