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It’s been a long time coming…

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

I haven’t counted the months, but it’s been a while. Finally though my little Winter White Schnibble has found a home. I’ve hummed and hawed about where to hang it and finally decided that this corner of my bathroom was just about the perfect place. Tick! Another one done.

Hanging things is always a bit of a faff here. Our walls are made of super-reinforced withstand a nuclear attack concrete, so everything involves a super-powerful drill. I don’t do drills. Just like I don’t do lawnmowers. They scare me witless and I know that I would just have to look at one to have a truly horrible accident.

All of which means that I need to have dearly beloved and handy about the house husband here. During the week is out, as he comes in after 7pm after which time drilling holes is a criminal offense in Switzerland. As goes for Sundays, or before 8am, or between the hours of 12 and 2…and mostly, if I’m honest, we have stuff going on on Saturdays. So it’s all a little precarious and sometimes takes a while.

This weekend worked out though – so I’m very happy! The picture which was hanging where the Schnibble is now is now standing against the wall and needs a home….This could take a while….

One day I’m going to blog about all the rules and regulations which apply when you live in Switzerland. I could write a book about them.


11 Responses to “It’s been a long time coming…”

  1. diane stanley Says:

    funny story, beautiful quilt.

  2. Wendy Says:

    It’s lovely!!! I love the story about the rules I’ll have to tell the kids about that.

  3. CarlaHR Says:

    Hi Helen, lovely quilt and I simply adore your bathroom – it looks like a haven!!!!! Yes, I do know about the rules and regulations of living in Switzerland – in fact it was one of the factors that decided us to return to Canada after a six month stay (but truth be told we probably would not have been accepted for permanent residence anyway since we are neither rich nor asylum seekers).

  4. Annabella Says:

    It looks lovely Helen and I love that you have books in your bathroom as I love books to be everywhere. I imagine the rules must get you down but where I live could do with a few rules more! I guess a happy medium is best.

  5. Lisa Says:

    Out of curiosity I just googled “Silly rules in Switzerland” and it looks like you indeed have lots of silly rules! Are they enforced? It would seem a bit bonkers to get prosecuted for washing your car on a Sunday.

  6. Chris in South Jersey Says:

    I dealt with a lot of the same rules when I lived in Germany. On the one hand, they seem a little over the top, but when I think about the chaos of living in the US, we could do with some.
    Can you get 3M Command Strips? I started used them for hanging display quilts at venues with cinderblock walls. Now I use them for everything. They hold a lot and the great thing is no holes.

  7. marycatharine Says:

    Rules about when you can drill a hole? Sounds crazy. The quilt on the other had is beautiful and looks like right at home in your bathroom.

  8. MelD Says:

    Don’t get me started…

    And Lisa, yes, they are enforced – your neighbours will tell on you 🙁

  9. Lizzy Ruffles Says:

    Love the bookcase. I have several pictures waiting to go up for the same reason.

  10. Stephanie Says:

    Fantastic quilt. Are there seriously rules about when you can drill holes?! We drill anytime, anywhere in our part of France!

  11. nicolette Says:

    So glad I found your blog through your comment on mine. I love that you have such a comfy bathroom with space for books and your adorable Winter White quilt to hang!

    My brohter lived in Switzerland for one year, but he wasn’t able to make friends or get accustomed to living there. I’ve always loved to spend holidays in Switzerland, but that’s totally different from actually living somewhere.