The leaves are falling. Colourful leaves that seem to get even more beautiful every day. Green becomes orange and red and pink.
It is quite cold now. This morning when I ventured out for a walk I was thinking about winter boots and a warmer coat.
Oh and the fog. It is definitely fog season. The other day it felt very much like snow wasn’t far away…. We can only hope. A snowy landscape is a such a pretty one.
……. double cake!! Happy 10th birthday Claudie xxxxxx
She picked a himbeertorte (raspberry cake) and schwarzwaldtorte (black forest cake) – although I suspect the second one was for our benefit because she doesn’t like dark chocolate. Claudie is sweet like that.
How did ten years go by so quickly??
She is beautiful inside and out. Kind, smart, funny, adventurous, a little shy at times, a lot courageous at times. We love this girl xxxxxxxxx
This is the first part of a mini-Swiss tour we took the Johnsons on – they call it Urs Tours. We started here in the village of Stein.
We brought them to this cheese factory to find out the secrets of Swiss cheese. A specialty cheese, Appenzeller, is made here.
Lots of cheese. Lots and lots and lots of cheese.
We watched a movie about the special traditions of this area which are maintained to this day. And learned the secret of this spicy cheese. Well, not all of it. The actual spice mix is top secret.
There were some angelic flowers to behold.
A wedge of cheese rock climbing wall (which was a bit of a favourite).
And who doesn’t love running around in a hamster wheel? A few dizzy kids tumbled out of there.
Ben spent his 18th birthday sitting in a chair having chemotherapy. He wanted to go out for dinner that night and ordered his favourite meal even though we all knew he wouldn’t be able to eat it. I’m sure he did it for us. To make us feel better about how he spent such an important milestone in his life. He still joked around that day and took it all in his stride as he did with most things in his life. It would be his last birthday. Four months later he was gone. Four years later we still go through the motions of making him a cake and cooking his favourite meal. Because we wish he was here to celebrate. Because we miss him so much. Because we know we are here because he is not. His passing reminded us that life is short and unpredictable. And pushed us forward to do the things we always talked about doing. So here we are. Halfway around the world. Love you so much buddy x Thankyou for everything you taught us.