The snow has gone now, but this was the scene last week as I looked from a bedroom window. I don’t know why I didn’t take pictures of the snow at its worst, but even so, our part of Wales suffered considerably less than the majority of the UK.
This is the view overlooking our back garden out up to School Hill, you can see the narrow lane up to the school as it cuts through the snowy scene at the right hand side of the picture. If you click on the picture it will enlarge allowing you to see a house in the clearing which is the Old Rectory and just to the right of that, obscured somewhat by the trees, is our village school that has about 28 junior pupils and sadly, like many schools in surrounding villages is under treat of closure.
Dear George, in the summer he is very much an outdoor cat, but at this time of year, like me, he prefers his creature comforts and can usually be found on a comfy cushion by the fire.
Back to Switzerland for a few more pictures..... The riverside walk where in the summer many restaurants have tables set outside for alfresco dining.
I never can resist a pretty cat.... I found this one sunning itself on the riverbank. Pure white except for black eyebrows.... Beautiful!!
The Church in Eglisau. It has magnificent bells which we heard ring out the old year and ring in the new.
I never fail to be fascinated by the half timbered houses so typical of Switzerland, Germany and Austria and of course in numerous villages in the British Isles too. Most of the houses in Eglisau are built this way with vertical studs and cross pieces of timber which are filled in with brick or stone work and then plastered over..... and they comes in a wealth of different styles, shapes and are painted in beautifully contrasting colours.
This beautiful property is about 300 years old and has recently been purchased by a friend of my son’s who is in the process of renovating it and converting it into apartments. It has a labyrinth of cellars and even a magnificent ballroom with exquisite fresco painted walls and ceiling.
When time allowed I enjoyed walks along the banks of the Rhine to the pretty village of Tossriedern....
Unfortunately this interesting antique shop was always closed when I walked by..... but the little garden was a delight... being full of attractive art objects....
Whilst in Switzerland we encountered a number of these unusual stoves..... My son has one in his farm house. I was amazed at the amount of heat they give... fuel is fed into the furnace section which is usually in the kitchen and....
.....on the other side of the wall in a living room this ceramic tiled stove gives off the heat. I liked the way it has its own built in seat. Yes, very warming when outside temperatures are sub zero.
This picture illustrates how huge trees have been felled and sawn into perfect planks, each one kept separate from the other to allow air to circulate and dry out. If you click on the picture you can see the perfect rings of the tree.... fascinating!
Have a wonderful week, keep safe and warm