The early bird and all that

I was half an hour early for an appointment at the Spiez council offices this morning, so I went for a brief stroll through the woods to the top of the vineyards while I was waiting. It was so peaceful, with fresh powdered snow slipping silently from the trees and only two or three other people there walking their dogs. A lovely…

The early bird and all that

Patrouille Suisse at Spiez, Switzerland

The lake side town of Spiez, between Thun and Interlaken, celebrates the summer with a festival every second year. (On alternate years, the same celebration is held in Thun.) This year, the Swiss aerial display team Patrouille Suisse put on a show over the lake during the afternoon and thousands of people lined the harbour and neighbouring vineyards to…

Patrouille Suisse at Spiez, Switzerland

Blow-up boating on Lake Thun

Jo found that because we’d saved so many points on our supermarket card, that we could “afford” a kayak using points alone. A few days later, and a large and heavy cardboard box arrived on the post woman’s scooter trailer and we had our dinghy: an Intex Challenger K2.

Blow-up boating on Lake Thun

Hondrich Hill, Switzerland

There are viewpoints all over the place near where we live. But this one proved to be a bit of a surprise. The sun had woken me comparatively early on a Saturday morning, so I wrapped up warm against the cold, donned my hiking boots, and set off and upwards from home with no particular goal. After crossing under the main…

Hondrich Hill, Switzerland

Spiezberg, Switzerland

Locals to Spiez, on the shores of Lake Thun, are familiar with the vineyards on Spiezberg hill. There is a well-used and well-loved path along the upper edge of the vineyards, which leads along the edge of the forest from the huge Katzenstein rock to the council office and library, and on towards Spiezmoos. It’s a great place to visit in…

Spiezberg, Switzerland

Moving on

I’ve been living in the area around Spiez since moving here eleven years ago and my home for the vast majority of my time here has been in an attic flat at the top of the road leading to the lake and castle. Jo moved to live with me in 2006 and we’ve had a lovely time…

Moving on

Into the world of TTL

With the money I've put aside for new camera gear, a new, reliable, fully automated flash gun was high on my "wants" list, not least because I receive a slowly increasing number of requests to take portrait photographs and cover events.

Into the world of TTL

View from here

One of my favourite aspects of our home in Spiez is the fact that we have such interesting and ever-changing views across the town and up to the wood behind our house. It’s particularly lovely to look out of the windows late at night, when neighbouring homes are sinking into darkness and when the surrounding area is so silent.

View from here
Large Christmas tree, Spiez, Switzerland

Out in the cold

I pledge to take more winter landscape photos this year, after being out this evening to take some long-awaited photos of the Christmas lights in Spiez.

Out in the cold

Don’t ride the rails drunk, kids

I woke a sleeping drunk last night, when the train to Interlaken terminated in Spiez due to the onward line being blocked. He looked at me blurrily and asked whether he needed to catch the onward replacement bus service to get to Grenoble. (Which is in France.) In other words, he’d staggered onto the wrong train from Bern, fallen asleep…

Don’t ride the rails drunk, kids