Christmas 2018

They managed to lose our “family tree” (Christmas tree from last year put back in the ground and looked after for the whole year) in Bachsermärt. But we managed to get this splendid tree at the Zurich Stadtwald. Christmas was held in Bargen this year (traditional fondue chinoise!) and a great time was had by all. We “only” had a brunch in Wiedikon on the 25th. David and Jacqueline were in Baden for a special Christmas Eve event at friends. Unfortunately Henry and Louis were sick with a cold over Christmas, nothing that a visit to the vet on Christmas Eve couldn’t put right 😉

Winter comes for… one day!

Winter came as usual in December, but only stayed for one day. The weather is unseasonably warm and rain is forecast for Christmas…

Advent Calendar 2018

Imagine our delight to see the tradition of a private Schrennengasse 17 Advent Calendar in our staircase being carried on by Regula yet again this year. The daily pictures are posted here. This year the theme could be… “Spitze” (point, summit, top of tree, etc.)?

The texts are gathered together here: Spitze

David goes to Hong Kong on a study trip

As part of the CAS Design Cultures at the Zurich University of the Arts, David spent a bit over a week in Hong Kong and Shenzhen (China). It was a fascinating cultural experience in the most vertical city in the world. Almost the population of Switzerland is packed onto a space two thirds of the size of Canton Zurich, and two thirds of Hong Kong is reserved for green space! Everywhere there is bamboo scaffolding at frightening heights above ground! Going to China for a day was a great eye-opener too…

And it’s gone!

We installed the 6.4m cat ladder when we moved to Schrennengasse, but the then cats never got the hang of it, despite several training sessions involving brooms and other instruments of torture. For other reasons we don’t want our current cats to go out, so the ladder was never really used. Seán and David removed it this week to make space for the balcony water irrigation system due to be installed in the coming days…