Last Autumn, Mark and Stuart met Áedán by chance in a bar in London and told him that they would be going to Ludwigshafen am Rhein (opposite Mannheim) to record some music by Shostakovich that Mark had reconstructed from piano scores and film soundtracks. This was the perfect opportunity to visit good friends in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse (Peter, Brigitte, Konstantin and Miriam), see their vines, watch a professional recording being made, meet various old friends, including Rafael from Berlin, see the sights of Ludwigshafen (BASF) and Mannheim, and of course eat too much! We had a great week: it was super just to get away and be with friends!
This year, Jacqueline and David went to a cosy French restaurant in Central Zurich for the traditional “Silvester” meal. The barometer over the door augured hopefully well for 2019. On 1st January, 2019 we had our salmon evening in the Atelier with a splendid table design by Jacqueline and the usual fantastic Scottish salmon imported by Ahmet. If the meal is anything to go by, 2019 should be a good year.
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 😉
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