When our skills fail us, Spencer's phone is there to help. thumbnail
More ant pictures thumbnail
What happens when you get too close to ants thumbnail
A trap for Bark beetles thumbnail
We saw lots of happy aphids. thumbnail
Hay goblins thumbnail
Some young ones have appeared since last fall! thumbnail
Almost makes me want to take another welding class. thumbnail
Peter noticed that this fence was knitted...imagine...looks like a bloomin' sweater. thumbnail
Another view of the knitted fence. thumbnail
Admiring how the fence is anchored. thumbnail
Here is a tradition that Spencer noticed in Paris last year:  lovers lock a padlock on a fence or something like that. thumbnail
There were several flies that enjoyed this corner of our balcony thumbnail
Chocolate spectrum thumbnail
Stephanie brought her knife sharpener along. thumbnail
A tribute to Swiss Plumbing.   thumbnail
A Pelton Wheel thumbnail
Along the road, there is a mavelous stone retaining wall.  Could be a desktop. thumbnail
A Catwalk thumbnail
Another catwalk thumbnail
A goatwalk thumbnail
Neato -  a post box with a QR code. thumbnail
How about some Mailbox Gnomes thumbnail
There were other signs along the river, including this one, which was interesting. thumbnail
This gizmo on our kitchen sink - what is it? thumbnail
There are many aspects of Swiss life at which we marvel; how wood can be so precisely stacked is high on the list.   thumbnail
More tidy wood piles thumbnail
I cannot look at another wood pile....wait. thumbnail
Oh, my, it just gets more and more grand. thumbnail
This tower is at the top of the mountain.  Peter noticed that someone was working up near the top. thumbnail
This display of cables was a help in convincing us to take the gondola to the top of the mountain. thumbnail
This is one really heavy peice of metal.  Notice the cracked pallet. thumbnail
Instant Fondue.  A grocery store find, but not a purchase.... thumbnail

When our skills fail us, Spencer's phone is there to help.

Photo by Peter.

Spence's phone is not anywhere as good at translating as Mont and Steph, but it was entertaining.

More ant pictures

By Peter

What happens when you get too close to ants

Photo by Cathy

A trap for Bark beetles

Photo by Peter.

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.

Photo by Peter

Hay goblins

Photo by Peter.

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!

Photo by Peter

Almost makes me want to take another welding class.

Photo by Peter

Peter noticed that this fence was knitted...imagine...looks like a bloomin' sweater.

Photo by Spencer.

I hope that this does not sound critical, because it is awe, what a great idea.

Another view of the knitted fence.

Photo by Spencer.

Admiring how the fence is anchored.

Photo by Spencer.

Here is a tradition that Spencer noticed in Paris last year: lovers lock a padlock on a fence or something like that.

Photo by Spencer

There were several flies that enjoyed this corner of our balcony

Photo by Peter

Chocolate spectrum

Photo by Steph

Everyone's favorite part of the grocery trip.

Stephanie brought her knife sharpener along.

Photo by Peter

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.

Photo by Peter.

This is a work of art and it is practical too.

A Pelton Wheel

Photo by Cathy

Along the road, there is a mavelous stone retaining wall. Could be a desktop.

Photo by Justin

A Catwalk

Photo by Cathy

Another catwalk

Photo by Peter

A goatwalk

Photo by Peter

Neato - a post box with a QR code.

Photo by Cathy.

How about some Mailbox Gnomes

Photo by Cathy

There were other signs along the river, including this one, which was interesting.

Photo by Cathy

This gizmo on our kitchen sink - what is it?

Photo by Peter

There are many aspects of Swiss life at which we marvel; how wood can be so precisely stacked is high on the list.

Photo by Peter.

We have never actually seen anyone stacking wood in Switzerland...ummm

More tidy wood piles

Photo by Cathy

I cannot look at another wood pile....wait.

Photo by Peter.

Oh, my, it just gets more and more grand.

Photo by Peter.

This tower is at the top of the mountain. Peter noticed that someone was working up near the top.

Photo by Peter

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.

Photo by Spencer

This is one really heavy peice of metal. Notice the cracked pallet.

Photo by Peter

Instant Fondue. A grocery store find, but not a purchase....

Photo by Spencer

When our skills fail us, Spencer's phone is there to help.
More ant pictures
What happens when you get too close to ants
A trap for Bark beetles
We saw lots of happy aphids.
Hay goblins
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.
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
Chocolate spectrum
Stephanie brought her knife sharpener along.
A tribute to Swiss Plumbing.
A Pelton Wheel
Along the road, there is a mavelous stone retaining wall.  Could be a desktop.
A Catwalk
Another catwalk
A goatwalk
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.
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 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.