Yesterday, with a dear friend who spent most of this past week with us, we visited a beautiful little lake in the forest at the bottom of mountain. We have also been here on three other occasions, in different seasons, first in the winter, then in the spring and then shortly before we moved to Switzerland in the autumn. It's one of my favourite little spots - tucked away in the forest and so peaceful. The autumn colours are starting to arrive lower down the mountain, so this time the colours were in between seasons. The weather was just starting to close in, so we were thankful to arrive just minutes before the wind picked up and the raindrops began to fall. So beautiful!
Saturday, 11 October 2014
Tuesday, 7 October 2014
One thing I have always loved here is to make a fire and cook our dinner over it. For our last evening with our family in Bevaix, the proposed plan was to go down to the lakeside and do just that. The morning had started off rather grey and miserable looking further up the mountain, but as the day went on the sun appeared and the clouds dispersed. After our venture around the countryside, we arrived home and helped prepare quickly to go out again before the sun disappeared behind the mountains. It was a calm, warm evening with hardly a soul about, and it was a wonderful way to spend the best part of our last evening together, in the beauty of nature, with delicious food and fun companycache cache (hide & seek) in the dark while waiting for us to catch up with them. It was equally special to see Eti's aunt and uncle, interacting with and loving our little people with much laughter and fun, as two little girls had turns riding Dutch-style on the back of Aunty Linda's bicycle, and then had a joyful game of
One thing I love about Switzerland and miss is the ease of access all over the countryside. There are many pathways that are free of cars. In nature - fields and forests - there is very little private land and public access is granted almost everywhere. In this particular area there is a long pathway alongside the lake that, for the most part, is only for walking and cycling, so it makes it a very safe place for children learning how to scooter and bike!