On my way home from Montreux I’d like to send you some warm greetings from this french-speaking city in Switzerland beautifully nestled on the shore of Lake Geneva.
Foremost, Montreux is world famous for its Jazz Festival that takes place every July here. It will be the 54th edition in 2020.
But it is December now and Christmas is the most present topic when you stroll along the shore where you find a Christmas market with a view and everything you fancy. Read more
How are you today?
Can you believe it is December and also the last month of this series on grapevines over the seasons? It has been such a journey for this awesome plant, don’t you agree? Feel free to wonder at it (all over again) by clicking on each month’s unveiling: October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February.
I got so lucky to see the beauty of a vineyard while it was snowing. Everything was so silent and magical in a very special way. I hope you can feel it, too, through this post.
Given you celebrate Christmas, do you have a special name for December in your language?
We do in Switzerland. It is called Adventszyt in Swiss German or Adventszeit in German. This special time of the year starts with December 1st this year. That is today, hooray!
We have a tradition to make what is known as Adventskranz – Advent wreath – and light a new candle every Sunday for four weeks leading up to Christmas.
Or rather grapes :-), because the harvest season has finally come. Hooray!
The header shows an image of the mind-boggling forest in the area (crossed by power lines in the foreground…) and the neighbour’s vineyard, which is very neat and tidy as is normal for conventional grown grapes.
The organic vineyard all my photos of this series come from is much wilder, more diverse, and of course gentle with the environment.Read more
Autumn is in full swing in the Northern Hemisphere and the Engadin in Switzerland transforms into a unique spectacle now. Read more
The vineyard has become colourful. Its leaves show us that the days have a bit shortened, cool to cold night temperatures are the regular and mornings may come with dew.
We have arrived in autumn, dear readers, and the grapes are almost ready to be picked. Mid-September is the time many winegrowers start harvesting their grapes. On the vineyard we have an eye on since February, it will only take place in October. That means, we can enjoy this bountiful crop a little longer.
Have you missed this series so far? Read all posts by clicking on each month to wonder at the changing of the seasons in an organic vineyard in Switzerland. February, March, April, May, June, July, August.
Can you believe it is already end of August? 2019 has taken the express train…
End of month means we have our eyes on grapevines. Hooray! It is my seventh post on grapevines already. Thank you for your continued interest. I really appreciate it and am already thinking about doing a series also next year. Do you maybe have wishes on what that could be? Let me know and I might well take it into consideration.
New here? Hello! Wonderful to have you here. This is a series over the seasons of grapevines. Check it out month by month in order to experience the fascinating growth: February, March, April, May, June, July.
So, what is going on this month? Grapes are growing and slowly changing colours as is the vineyard. In the heading image you may recognise that the green has become darker, a bit heavier even, and there is brown grass and touches of brown here and there.
And the grapes? They are juicy little balloons now. Look how they come in rainbow colours, even though they are off the exact same plant. What we sometimes forget, nature mirrors us wonderfully: Everyone prospers at her or his own speed.
Hiking along the so called 5-Lake route in the Pizol area, you will certainly not be alone.
We were told that on this partly cloudy, mystical, and cooler Friday only a third of people, who normally hike in the area on weekends, were taking the route. 700 people were more than enough for our liking…
There was a fun side to it, though. The hiking trail often looked like a catwalk for Transa – a Swiss outdoor specialist – as hikers walked in single file with their top quality and colourful gear. Imagine a serpentine of windbreakers and hiking shirts in pink, grass green, orange, yellow, turquoise, red, purple, blue – basically any colour you can think of – making their way up or down a mountain :0).
The landscape, lakes, and views are surely worth a visit. And if you are lucky, you may spot an ibex or two (Deutsch: Steinbock) somewhere in the rocky areas high up. Read more
Weisstannen is a pretty little Swiss village surrounded by mountains and boasting an arena you can see four spectacular waterfalls from. It is also an entry point to the UNESCO World Heritage Tectonic Arena Sardona.
Before or after you go on a hike, though, you can enjoy a refreshment in the almost 250 years old former post office. While you sip a homemade syrup and maybe indulge on a handmade meringue, you most probably can’t take your eyes off of all the charming items and details originating from days long gone.