For the first time in more than ten years or so we have had a stable, cold and rather attractive winter. The only problem was that as that the winter season of 20/21 continued forever into spring!
Everything was so much better in the old days – and that included the weather of course. Most of all, the winter weather. We both grew up in countries where three to four months of clean white fields was something we could take for granted. Lately however, winter seems to have turned from sparkling white to dark grey. The crystals of white have ever so often turned into liquid fog.
This year however, the snow came in early December. Then it stayed, thru Christmas, thru some sunny spells in February where we even could have lunch on our terrace wearing t-shirts, and thru the Easter days of early April. Our last day of snowfall was May 22.
DH going shopping with the groceries on a sledge.
Going hiking with The Grandson on a sledge.
Going skiing with The Grandson roaming free. The road past our house was once upon a time built as a railway line. The tracks are long gone, but the road remains and is used for hiking in the summer and skiing in the wintertime.
Demir is our local taxi driver. He runs a small electric bus when the road is bare and converts to horses when the snow starts falling.
The Grandson having fun on our terrace.
White Christmas. In 2019 we celebrated on white sand in Asia, this year’s holidays were more traditional.
Christmas breakfast served outside our window. We have friends dressed in both feathers and fur coming to our terrace, all we need to do is to bribe them with some free food.
A flying squirrel stealing bird food!
Happy New Year! Fireworks at midnight over the Lake Luzern!
Swiss and German TV all show Dinner For One – like the tradition is also in Norway. The Germans, however, have introduced a modern remake. We did not like it! James and Miss Sophie are simply not meant for color TV!
Taking the mountain train down to town!
The train on its way down to the valley, passing below our terrace
Our house overlooking the lake, 1000 meters below us! We live on the middle floor, but on the far side of the house seen from this angle.
Mid March: The snow is still deep over the fields in the background, but on a good day the sun is strong enough to keep us worm during an outdoor lunch.
May 7th: Our friend the squirrel had to pick his nuts up from a frozen terrace floor when he came for breakfast.
May 22nd: The last white morning before spring took hold of our village for good. The upside of living on the mountain is that winter can be clean and white and stable – the downside is that it often lasts a bit longer than we appreciate.