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About Me & Mine
I am Fiona, wife to Nigel and mum to Sofie (5) and Emily (3). We live in Switzerland and fill our days with craft, playing and exploring. We like mess, noise and being outside.
Favourite place in the world:
The mountains. The whole family love hiking and skiing, so the mountains offer year round entertainment. Plus we live in Switzerland so we have plenty of choice when it comes to exploring mountains!
Favourite things to do outdoors:
Ski, sled, swim, get muddy, camp, build fires, make noise, run around, collect stuff, hike, ride bikes, explore and be together as a family. If its outside then we will probably like it.
It can be difficult being parents to young children who have more years skiing experience than you do. But (even if I do say so myself), each year DH and I get slightly better at wrangling two small, manic skiers on the slopes. Our secret weapon this season was actually skiing without the kids a few times, before hitting the slopes as a family.
Today was the (much anticipated) Rega open day at Zurich Airport. The girls have been looking forward to this day for weeks. Rega is the Swiss Air Rescue Service (www.rega.ch) who do an amazing job, in sometimes very difficult circumstances. Spending as much time in the mountains as we do, we have seen them at work on more than one occasion.
On Friday both the girls finish school at 11:30am, and today they decided they wanted to spend the afternoon in the woods making a fire and grilling sausages. Of course it rained all morning, so I stocked up on dry wood and packed the waterproofs, but the sun broke through and we ended our week with a glorious afternoon in the woods.
It's a funny time of year in Switzerland. Ski season is pretty much over, but there is a still a lot of snow left on the mountains. The reason we don't ski is because the weather is so warm, the snow gets super slushy and sticky, and is known in our house as 'falling on your bottom snow'. I believe the technical term is 'sulz' or Spring snow.
on Thursday, 01 December 2011. Posted in Europe
Last week we were having one of 'those' days, when it was clear that we needed to go out. After being relatively sedate for a few days, Emily was bouncing off the walls, but coming up with a safe (yet exhausting) activity for a child with a fractured jaw, is not as easy as it seems. And yes, my 4 year old did manage to fracture her own jaw - let's just say that the bike accident was fairly spectacular.
We just got home from our family 'Summer' holiday. To be honest we aren't into really hot holidays, so we go to Portugal in late September every year. The temperatures are always in the high 20's, the attractions are still open (but blissfully uncrowded), the beaches are clean and safe, and it is still warm enough to swim in the sea. Bliss.
Since being introduced to Geo-caching by a friend (who just happened to have the free app on her iPhone), we have been on many adventures. Geo-caching is a world-wide navigation and treasure hunting game that anyone is welcome to join. People hide stuff (which can range from tiny magnetic cases to large boxes), post the coordinates on a website (www.geocaching.com) and the hunt is on!
We finally went on our first camping trip of the season (if you don't count the practice runs in the back garden). When we arrived it was raining. The weather forecast was for storms, but the girls were excited - racing around, shouting, and jumping in the mud - so I decided to just relax. I was really proud of their willingness to help set up the tent, and their total lack of concern about the 'less than perfect' weather.
A month (or so ago) we visited Ravensburger Land in southern Germany. www.spieleland.de Ravensburger Land was great (this was our first visit), and we even managed to meet up with friends there (another first for us). The park itself is quite large, and you need 2 days if you want to see and do everything. We were blessed with great weather and no lines for anything. I am imagining it would be much busier during the main school holidays though.
One of the many nice things about Switzerland, is how very 'Swiss' it is. Even after living here for 8 years, I am still amazed by the beauty of it all, and how much the reality looks just like the photos in the travel brochures. The cows really do wear bells and graze in flower filled meadows, and there are lots (and lots) of beautiful lakes.
Spring is well on its way here in Switzerland, so today we set off for our last ski trip of the season. We have skied at our local resort (Flumserberg) almost every weekend since December, but the warmer temperatures mean the snow is getting increasingly slushy and less 'skiable'. The girls have both made major progress this season, and as ever their skiing has improved faster than ours!
We live in Switzerland, just outside of Zurich. We spend a lot of time outdoors all year round. We camp, swim (in the beautiful local lakes), snow ski, sled, hike, make fires in the woods, and play outside in the back garden. We just like being out and about. We travel a lot, but some of our best adventures happen right on our own doorstep.