When our skills fail us, Spencer's phone is there to help.
Spence's phone is not anywhere as good at translating as Mont and Steph, but it was entertaining.
More ant pictures
What happens when you get too close to ants
A trap for Bark beetles
The sign on the trap indicates that it is a "Pheromone-Trap...Biotechnological plant protection without poison. Please do not touch." Here is a wiki page on the bark beetle. link.
We saw lots of happy aphids.
That is what we called these stacks of hay - goblins. Imagine walking near them on a foggy night.
Some young ones have appeared since last fall!
Almost makes me want to take another welding class.
Peter noticed that this fence was knitted...imagine...looks like a bloomin' sweater.
I hope that this does not sound critical, because it is awe, what a great idea.
Another view of the knitted fence.
Admiring how the fence is anchored.
Here is a tradition that Spencer noticed in Paris last year: lovers lock a padlock on a fence or something like that.
There were several flies that enjoyed this corner of our balcony
Everyone's favorite part of the grocery trip.
Stephanie brought her knife sharpener along.
Steph brought some of her Berlin knives and a knife sharpener to Buchen. We were happy to have them - there are rarely enough sharp knives in rental apartments. Peter took a look at whet the shavings looked like from inside of the sharpener. We were all impressed at how this simple and very small scraper took off metal in neat spirals.
A tribute to Swiss Plumbing.
This is a work of art and it is practical too.
A Pelton Wheel
Along the road, there is a mavelous stone retaining wall. Could be a desktop.
Neato - a post box with a QR code.
How about some Mailbox Gnomes
There were other signs along the river, including this one, which was interesting.
This gizmo on our kitchen sink - what is it?
There are many aspects of Swiss life at which we marvel; how wood can be so precisely stacked is high on the list.
We have never actually seen anyone stacking wood in Switzerland...ummm
More tidy wood piles
I cannot look at another wood pile....wait.
Oh, my, it just gets more and more grand.
This tower is at the top of the mountain. Peter noticed that someone was working up near the top.
This must have been a tuff job as the wind was really strong when you are in open, un-sheltered spaces.
This display of cables was a help in convincing us to take the gondola to the top of the mountain.
This is one really heavy peice of metal. Notice the cracked pallet.
Instant Fondue. A grocery store find, but not a purchase....
Quirky things that we admired
We saw lots of things that we appreciated that we would not see at home. Here are a few of those things.