David and Jacqueline visit the Dominican Nunnery in Ilanz

David and Jacqueline spent a day in the mountain air of the Grisons and visited Ingrid and Rolendis at the Dominican Nunnery in Ilanz. One reason for the visit was to see the remarkable crib in the spendid modern church of the nunnery (one of three cribs that we saw during our visit!), but there were plenty of other interesting things to see. The teaching activities of the nunnery are still quite wide-ranging, even if the school attached to the nunnery is now run by the state. The nuns are still quite numerous in Ilanz, but although they number around 150, the youngest among them is older than 50 years. They remain positive that the community will be able to carry on. After all, the Dominicans will be celebrating 800 years in 2016.

Christmas 2013

Stefan and Marianne, Regula, and Cornelia joined us for Christmas 2013 this year. Combined menu planning enabled Cornelia to participate and still keep to just vegan food. The after dinner amusements included English handbells and the obligatory “Twelve Days of Christmas”

Advent calendar 2013

Much to the delight of the Schrennengasse 17 inhabitants, last year’s initiative by Regula of creating an advent calendar in the staircase has become a tradition! This year’s theme was the Three Kings. A fun component was that we also learned the more difficult Spanish words as we went along.

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Winter arrives almost as expected

Continuing the tradition on this website of reporting the arrival of winter, it came rather unexpected a day earlier than announced and has already been rained away (in the town). On that evening we held one of our Serendipiter events, about old Wiedikon, and luckily most of the attendees made it despite the wet snow