Tuesday, June 25, 2013


As this blog is full, I started a new one..check us out at www.keepingswitzerlandweird.blogspot.com

Friday, October 19, 2012

our table set and ready, with a view to take your appetite away!

Our last day here was beautiful and finished off with a great meal cooked by our evening magic fairy, Annalisa.  We are not quite ready to leave this place but we take with us a lot of new great memories, a little sand between our toes and some minor sunburn:)

Dylan jumping in

Thursday, October 18, 2012


Greece has been everything and more than I imagined.  Blue skies, white buildings, friendly people, warm breezes, clear water and awesome company. 

our partial view from the house

Hannes getting a treatment
unfortunately the connection wasn't fast enough to put any more than two pictures on...I will try to do some more at home. 

Monday, October 1, 2012

40 is not so bad after all!

Our view from the Ch√Ęteau de la Tour
The old haunt from our early europe days

pretty much all their fault

an Oregon girl with her toes in the Mediterranean Sea

Our kidnappers

Ralph wishing he could be out on that big cruise ship in the harbour (yeah right)

la palm d'or, Cannes

boys being boys

Aschi getting a french haircut. The lady wasn't too happy looking but ended up being nice, giving Ernesto a great cut and giving us a great restaurant tip for that evening. She was sorry to report that she wouldn't be able to do much for Ralph's hair, announcing that it was just too late:)

fish market, beauiful, smelly and loud
There is nothing quite like getting away from the old four walls.  And when there is a special event involved, like turning 40, it's especially fun to do something unique.  My unique thing involved a big surprise, a road trip, croissants and capuccino, a winding road through quaint villages, a grandma willing to take over kid duty, routes revisited and an old haunt rediscovered.  Cannes holds a lot of memories for me and that is where we ended up, with our bare feet in the sand and palms blowing in the breeze.  A lot of laughing, eating, walking and talking was also part of this too quick weekend.  Nothing like being treated like a queen to make you feel like one:)

The Regates Royales was on, a ton of old, beautiful sail boats in the harbor at Cannes and then sailing during the day.

Goodbye magical place and thank you to those who helped make it happen by taking care of the kids; Nani, Sharon and Heidi and Markus! We love you and appreciate you and what you do for us! Love H

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


soup for 30

Nic selects her favorite cheeses
Raph and Julie

one of our last outdoor evenings?
just enough camping for Alexandre, notice his little table:)

boys watching a combine

looks like fall....

borrowed harvest from the neighbors!
Sunday after our union mtg, we had the younger crowd over for pumpkin soup. Boy was it good and fun too.  No pics of the desserts as they were top secret.  No secret however, were our bulging stomachs as we headed for bed!  Thanks to all of you cool people. 

Monday, September 3, 2012

Swiss cousin fest

the swiss cousins, Alinya, Nils, Liam, Dylan, Logan, Sharon, Nigel, Hannes and Manuel

We were together for a family fiesta yesterday and the cousins had a good time together...a mix of english, swiss-german and french is heard as they communicate with one another.