We wanted to use the top back balcony for wintering our plants last year, but were too late starting. Finally, the plans reached fruition and the conservatory, built by Sean and David over several weeks out of aluminium profiles and plexiglass, is finished. It wasn’t trivial to build 12 m or so up in the air. It already has plants in it from the terrace, as we had a cold snap over the weekend too.
Joined by David’s American cousin Pauline and her husband Greg, David and Jacqueline spent two weeks enjoying italianità to the full. We started in Zurich and travelled via Novaggio and Lugano (with day trip to Luino) to Milan, Padua, Venice, Bologna, Brisighella, Pesaro, Urbino, Forlì, Ravenna, Florence, Siena, Montepulciano, Perugia, Assisi, Spoleto, Todi, Orvieto and finally Rome. The journey was a mix of rail travel and car, and the Americans in the party got to understand why Europeans prefer smaller vehicles (and hate the the ZTL Zona Traffico Limitato in Italian towns)! Pauline and Greg went on to Naples and the Amalfi coast, managing to keep their quota of Aperol Spritz to at least one per day! We never had spaghetti, pizza only once as a main dish, and in Montepulciano we had a fantastic Florentine-Style Steak (Bistecca Alla Fiorentina) – all 1.91 kg of it! In Florence we had a very memorable and classy evening meal in the Leggenda dei Frati restaurant, complete with splendid evening view over the city.
After just eleven working days of unemployment, David joined Bank Julius Bär mid July 2019 as a contractor! A shame really, as Jacqueline was hoping for a few day trips during her long summer break from the Zurich University of the Arts…
Despite quite a lot of very hot days and nights, the terrace was blocked by the project to build a raised bed for gardening out of a wooden packing case that Seán had managed to get hold of, and was a building site for weeks. Finally, at the beginning of July on a weekend without rain, David and Áedán got around to finishing the construction (Seán was away) and planting and tidying up could get under way. The “Lämpli” were reinstalled, and the not so young cats have already discovered the delights of sitting in plant pots and on the new fresh earth! The official annual assembly for our house cooperative was the inaugural meal.
On the excuse of Áedán’s singing in a concert in the Herkulessaal in Munich, Jacqueline and david paid a fleeting visit to the metropole (and to the concert, of course). It was an extremely hot weekend, both in Zurich and Munich. In Munich, there was a running event going on as well, in sweltering heat! We kept out of the sun as much as possible. The concert was an unknown work by Albert Becker (an unknown composer!): his Great Mass in B minor. A very interesting work, very well performed by the ad hoc choir and orchestra organised by Conrad und Weißkopf.