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A walk in the snow

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

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!




19 Responses to “A walk in the snow”

  1. Vreni Says:

    Thank you for taking us on your lovely walk. Wonderful, I’m green with envy. And my mouth is watering when I think about the Nuesslisalat you are having for dinner.

  2. Lush Says:

    Oh my goodness, such a beautiful are you live in! Truly worth the cold to see that blue sky, you really have to grab it when you see it, same here.

  3. Steph Says:

    How beautiful. Our snow keeps disappearing a few hours after it arrives. I feel very hard done by this year as I quite enjoy a week or so of proper snow. We’ve had it raw,damp and wet all winter this year. Not nice at all. 🙁

  4. Gillian Says:

    What a lovely walk. I can almost hear the snow squeaking. The Alps and that blue sky! Ours is more of an unremitting grey today with unremitting rain. A good excuse to snuggle under a growing crochet blanket!

  5. Katy Says:

    Very picturesque! It’s snowing here too, but wetly, ugh!

  6. Susan Says:

    That looks like bliss!

  7. diane stanley Says:

    That looks like a glorious walk. We have a farm stand here that is on the honor system. Hard to believe in this world we live in, but there still are honest and trustworthy people, right?

  8. Catherine Says:

    What fabulous pictures-wish I was there. Am watching ski Sunday at the moment and pining for some nice snow!

  9. grapes and hearts Says:

    Das sieht nach einem wirklich herrlichen Spaziergang aus! Euer Dorf sieht beneidenswert idyllisch aus – selbst im Winter!
    Viele liebe Grüße

  10. Paige Says:

    So beautiful! My parent’s town (stonington, ct) has an ‘honor system’ fish market. You go in, pick your fish, weigh it, and leave the $ in the jar. LOVE this about small towns!

  11. Leanne Says:

    What a stunning walk you have shared with us, thank you. It is very beautiful where you like. And the quilt you finished in your last post is also adorable!

  12. shelly Says:

    lovely day there! Makes me think my next trip over to switzerland must be in the winter time! I have only been there in the spring time which is gorgeous too!

  13. Dianne Neale Says:

    Now that’s what I call real snow! It snowed all day yesterday, but nothing more than a light covering. I love the Alpine blue skies.

  14. Elisabeth Says:

    Gorgeous I can’t wait for next winter when we will have some snow too. Your village looks beautiful in the sunshine.
    Love your farm shop too.

  15. Sarah Says:

    Looks beautiful. Like a fairy tale! Funny, my Australian brain imagined all of Switzerland to be mountainous. I guess you live on a plateau or valley then?!

  16. charla Says:

    We went up to Hohe Wacht with the sleds and walked the upper path in the woods towards Guldenen with the dog on Saturday. I was surprised how many cross country skiers there were. It was fabulous. We have a winter playground in our own backyard! Are you having to work during the kids skiferien? Hopefully, you can get away some.

  17. Susan Says:

    Lovely photos! I was longing to go out yesterday and enjoy the sunshine, but I was instead resting inside – recovering from my 3rd head cold of the winter! argh. So glad you get be outside enjoying it.

  18. Annabella Says:

    Looks glorious Helen – round by my mum’s which is on the Somerset border, there are a few places which sell things on trust – sacks of kindling wood, logs, eggs, veg etc., It’s so good to see that this can still happen! BTW, are those carrots really 2.5 Euros? And the onions 3 Euros?? Wowzers!!

  19. Susan Ramey Cleveland Says:

    What a beautiful country you call home.