FOWC with Fandango: Bucolic

Aare 22.04.2019

It was something like a dream come true when I exchanged my smell of damp concrete in the East End of London for a Swiss village. I must have been the cuckoo that was put in the wrong nest. I spent the first 20 years of my life in London and decided to see what the rest of the world was like. She who seeks finds it seems and I found work as an english speaking secretary in Switzerland.

My first two years in Zürich were still town but even Zürich had a local mountain, the Uetliberg, and a lake. I moved on and arrived in Solothurn. It got greener, more rural and there were cows everywhere on the fields that were not occupied by crops of wheat and mais. Yes I had found my bucolic dream, and there was a river running through it as well, the Aar, what could be better.

I even married a Swiss who grew up in a small village on the side of a mountain. He cannot yodel, but his talents are more. He plays jazz drums. I remember once, on an evening somewhere, they had an Alp Horn and everyone had to try and play it. I took this 2-3 meter piece of wood shaped with a curve and yes, he was the only one that managed to get a tone out of it. You see, my Swiss life is perfect.

And now I must go, the cows need milking. OK not really, but they do not live far away, in the pastures surrounding my village. The chickens live next door.

Cows 02.05 (7)

Silky Chickens 04.01 (17)

FOWC with Fandango: Bucolic

8 thoughts on “FOWC with Fandango: Bucolic

    • Swiss population is about 8 million, and I think the cow population is about one million. We have mainly laying hens and they are only resident if they still lay. We have absolutely no wild turkeys, but it would really be something interesting to have.

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  1. Pat, where we have a part-time small flat, we see the Uetliberg tower from the window. Yesterday eve, we took the Uetlibergbahn and went to the top, but it was foggy and cloudy, so we took the next train back down again. But it is a beautiful place to be!
    I now have a cultural shock every time I return to France, I get out of the TGV and am being pushed, poked, run over, there is so much hassle and stress, I can hardly take it any more. Some say that Zurich is stressful. I suggest they go to Paris for a while…. But of course it‘s far quieter in your village. Luckily you‘re very close to Solothurn, so you truly have the best of two worlds.

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    • I have been to the top of the Uetliberg, but it was a long time ago. I quite like Paris but can imagine it to be a stressful place to live. Solothurn is a great Place to live

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  2. I think all big cities are stressful places to live. Fine when you are young perhaps but I certainly appreciate the peace and quiet of the country. If I need to visit the city Hobart is only an hour away, a small city so not too stressful and an occasional visit to the bright lights of Sydney or Melbourne is all I need.

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  3. I agree. I live in a nice quiet village surrounded by trees and flowers. Solothurn is a market town just along the road and my visits to Bern and Zürich are now in the distant past, although only an hour by train. I grew up in London and that was enough stress, although I was younger then. It was a completely different life style.

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