Today is one of those fabulous bright, clear, cold, snowy winter days that we experience far too seldom in the Zürcher Oberland, where it’s habitually grey and foggy in the winter. Despite the cold it was too good an opportunity to miss. So camera in hand, husband and I headed out into the farmland that surrounds our village.
It was definitely a good afternoon to be out and there were walkers, snow showers and cross country skiers in abundance. I did toy with getting the cross country skis out too, but the loipe near our house is really not for beginners like me and I thought I might leave the falling over all the time humiliation for tomorrow, when there will be way fewer people out there.
Despite being way below zero, it actually felt fairly warm in the sunshine. The snow was so cold and crisp that it squeaked with every step.
As the Swiss-Germans would say, it was herrlich!
We started out heading up the road towards the Pfannenstiel woods…
….but before the woods we turned off across the fields towards one of the local farms…
The views across to the Alps and Austria were magnificent…
Here you can see my village and some of the apple trees that lie all around it.
It’s all quiet at the farm today.
We stopped by the farm shop to pick up some lamb’s lettuce for dinner. The shop is open and unmanned every day – all done on trust. I guess there aren’t many places where you could do that anymore.
Leaving the farm behind we walked downhill a little and then on the path through the fields…
The track was trodden but single file was the only way to go.
Just look at that blue sky. Some serious Vitamin D tanking up was going on today.
And then it was through the snowy woods and home as the mid-afternoon shadows lengthened.
Now it’s time for a nice cup of tea and some laundry….back down to earth with a bump!