Autumn Holidays 2016…

i know this is an extremely belated post. We have been back at school for 4 weeks now. i have tried a few times over the last few weeks to get this post written but somehow it never happened. So this week i decided that it has to be written and it got moved to the top of the ‘to-do’ list.

Our autumn holidays was the first 3 weeks of October and while it was not as exciting as last year’s, it was still fun-filled and we managed to do a fair bit.

In the first couple of days, we focussed on getting some housework done. Tobias then went off with one of his best friends to a nearby waterpark, Bernaqua, for an afternoon. The next day, we met up with some friends from Niderwalden at the Toni Zoo for lunch and a lovely walk around the small but well-kept zoo.

One of the highlights was the Foxtrail! We did this scavenger hunt type game around the city of Bern. We did have rather high expectations after reading great reviews. But it was a bit of a let-down. A few of the instructions were not well written, so we got confused and turned around quite a number of times. The helpline was not as helpful. But i think it was because this was originally meant to be worked out in German and being English-speaking meant we understood the instructions differently. We had also expected to learn more about the city as we chased the “fox”. However, there was little write-up to learn from at all. What was expected to take us 2.5 hours, took us 3.5 hours. Oh my, my feet were nearly falling off.

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Top Left: One of the clues, Top Middle: This tunnel took us ages to find, Top Right: Another clue, Bottom: Such a lovely view of the Aare!

It was not a great experience but it was not all that terrible. We did see parts of Bern we would otherwise never venture into and walking along the river was lovely. i can see that it can be quite fun for an adult group of close friends. But we had children with us so such long walking times with very little rewards of learning or anything else made it difficult to justify the costs.

After all that walking, we took it easy and took in a movie the next day. ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ was a great movie and we loved it. Even in German, the story came through nicely as did the funny bits.

As it is our tradition, every year in the first week of October, we attend the Suisse Toy Fair! This year saw us spending more time in the electronic games section (E-games) and it is no surprise as this has been the trend. There was even an entire hall devoted to LAN gaming! Tobias has said he might try and see if he can register for entry for that next year… hmm… this mama doesn’t quite like that idea.

Tobias had a great time in a pallet gun game. He had to queue for about 45 minutes but he thought it was worth it. And it did look like loads of fun.

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Top Left: LAN Gaming, Right: Trying out VR, Bottom Left: Pallet Gun Game

We also put in some practice in our squash game. And watched yet another movie, ‘Miss Peregrin’s Home for Peculiar Children’, which we absolutely loved! Definitely going to get the book!

In between all that, Tobias cooked a dinner of stewed meatballs and a breakfast of healthy blueberry donuts. We also painted our dining area wall a bright sunshine yellow!

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Stewed Meatballs for dinner, they were yummy!
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Delicious Breakfast!
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Our spot of sunshine in the house 😉

On top of that, we hosted 3 guests; Tobias’ best friends stayed for a night, another friend who just had an operation came to stay for a night too and another friend stayed one night as well.

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i took one of our guest on a walk on top of Weissenstein, the mountain behind our place. We were well-rewarded, don’t you think?

So as you can see, we were busy those 3 weeks in October!

syc

1st Week of Autumn Holidays…

Actually, we are nearing the end of our 3 week Autumn School Holidays. As usual, i wait till the end to consolidate what we did.

So the first few days was given over to boring stuff like housework and grocery shopping. We did have fun at our usual Squash lesson and meeting a new friend at an indoor play-park we haven’t been to in ages.

Then we hit it big time at the annual Suisse Toy Fair; it’s a huge toy fair showcasing all the new toys, gadgets and games. Well, actually… we go every year and i have been noticing that it seems to be getting smaller. But still we had fun. Tobias invited his good friend to come along with us. We arrived there an hour after they opened, at 11am. i had expected to get out of there by 4pm. That didn’t happen – we left at closing – 6pm! We had a good time so it was worth the time and money.

Top Left: T trying his hand at wood craving, Top Right: T and his friend testing new Wii games, Bottom Right: T and his friend trying out a funny boardgame, Bottom Left: Trying out a new cycle.
Top Left: T trying his hand at wood craving, Top Right: T and his friend testing new Wii games, Bottom Right: T and his friend trying out a funny board game, Bottom Left: Trying out a new cycle.
Top Left: Climbing the Ovalmatine moving rock wall, Top Right: T with his Lego creation, Bottom Right: the Loot from the toy fair, Bottom Left: The boys doing a last race before we leave.
Top Left: Climbing the Ovalmaltine moving rock wall, Top Right: T with his Lego creation, Bottom Right: the Loot from the toy fair, Bottom Left: The boys doing a last race before we leave.

The next day we joined some friends and headed out to the Juckerhof – a rather well-known pumpkin/fruit/veggie farm in the Zürich region. People go during this time of the year to see their spectacular pumpkin displays.

Top Left: 1st sight of the farm, Top Right: Lots of pumpkins everywhere!! All for sale, Bottom Right: giant butterfly made of pumpkins - you could ride on it (if they let you), Bottom Left: giant piano which plays recorded music, it's so big , my head only comes up to the keys.
Top Left: 1st sight of the farm, Top Right: Lots of pumpkins everywhere!! All for sale, Bottom Right: giant butterfly made of pumpkins – you could ride on it (if they let you), Bottom Left: giant piano which plays recorded music, it’s so big , my head only comes up to the keys.
Top Left: that's one BIG pumpkin!! They have a bigger one on their other farm, Top Right: we paid to walk thru the 3 apple mazes and you could eat the variety they indicated - which was Red Spring and they were yummy! Well worth the CHF5 and the walk, Bottom Right: we brought back  yummy pumpkins and other produce, Bottom Left: in the large maze at the end of the field, we played a sort of bingo type game. We were given a sheet showing the pests & helpful insects of the field. We were to find all these board & get a stamp to indicate we found them all. It was all for a chance to win a dinner for 4 at the farm - they do serve fresh yummy food!
Top Left: that’s one BIG pumpkin!! They have a bigger one on their other farm, Top Right: we paid to walk thru the 3 apple mazes. You could eat the variety they indicated – which was Red Spring and they were yummy! Well worth the CHF 5 and the rather long walk, Bottom Right: we bought yummy pumpkins and other produce, Bottom Left: in the large maze at the end of the field, we played a sort of bingo type game. We were given a sheet showing the pests & helpful insects of the field. We were to find all these boards, get a stamp to indicate we found them all. It was all for a chance to win a dinner for 4 at the farm – they do serve fresh yummy food!

Tobias also volunteered to cook dinner one time that week – he cooked Spaghetti Bolognese. It was yum! He enjoys cooking – still a little fearful of the hot stove – but he did a good job and we tucked into a good dinner that evening. He has cooked other dinners before too… and i hope to help him learn more recipes and fall in love with cooking.

1stweekautumnhols20141017eAll in all it was a fun-filled week! Stay tuned for the 2nd installment.

syc