It is all the better if we decorate the Christmas tree all together on Christmas Eve and spend a few pleasant hours together. Usually I summarize what we did and experienced during the year in a Christmas letter.
The roof of the barn has particularly suffered. Several trees around the house are uprooted and overturned (machine shed, parking garage, workshop). The walnut tree in the garden and the one in front of the house half tipped over. The forest in north and east of the house suffered badly. I will document the damage and the following cleanup on a flickr album, a few short videos shot with my multicopter are uploaded to a set on Vimeo.
The next morning we were travelling to Radolfzell, Moss, Wangen to Stein am Rhein. From there, the way back to Winterthur was well known to us. For me, two intense and nice weeks have come to an end.
With the best possible weather this has been an unforgettable trip. As usual my photos are located on a Flickr album. I even did a few short video clips. They may be viewed on my Vimeo collection.
When traveling by airship I remember Airship Venture a company founded by Brian Hall in San Francisco. He offered a similar service from 2008 until 2012 with the same type of airships.
Last saturday we drove to Kilchberg and built our own chocolate.
It was fun and we enjoyed it very much. As a result each of us has now is own chocolate supply. Good luck; Ivan has taken a few photos with his new camera that he shared with me.
After the lake police checked the thickness of the ice they have been partially released. Over the weekend of 29. January, I did some ice skating on the frozen Nussbaumersee. A nice feeling beeing on the lake again after such a long time.
That’s why I toke a day trip to the Säntis on 31. December. It was a wonderful day, sunny and an excellent sight to the east and west.
On Wednesday (restday at SOW) we travelled to the Ofenpass for a special purpose. Alain was having the idea of the remake of a particular photograph that is on display at home. Therefore we hiked to that place and take the picture again. A nice idea indeed.
Of course there are many other photos, you may find them together with the orienteering maps on my flickr album.
It was a perfect surprise and all my family, friends and acquaintances were already at the Gusslihaus when we arrived.
It was really a special and wonderful evening for me that I will never forget (photos). I have enjoyed it very much and I would like to say thanks to all of you.
The Siblinger tower was unsafe last time and we couldn’t go upstairs. In the meantime there has been a new tower built and we could enjoy a beautiful view from there.
As usual while on a bike trip in the Randen we made a break at the Randenhaus restaurant . You may view a few photos from the trip on the Flickr album.
Together with Alain, I visited some of the many attractions. You may view the photos on my flickr album or see the video clip on Vimeo (changing of the guard).
Sure our flat needs a renovation. For more than one week Alain and me were living in this state: quite uncomfortable! At least during the weekend the side covers were removed.
Luckily this work is now finished and we can have back our flat.
Thanks to everybody who mourns with us for Marianne.
We have lost you but we’ll never forget you.
I have started a documentary about Marianne’s life in an Album on flickr. I will add more photos in the next weeks and months. If you are interested in her curriculum vitae it is available here as a PDF file.
Marianne has lived for the sport. It’s not surprising that the album contains a lot of sport highlights.
However she was a dear mother and a lovely partner. You’ll also find photos about that topic.
Marianne, our children’s Mom and my sweetheart is no longer with us.
They have trained hard to show even extraordinary exercises (see the video on Vimeo).
On Sunday I was hiking with Alain to the Durster Hof while Marianne was running uphill and meet us at the restaurant.
Therefore taking part at this air show is almost a „must“ to me.
On Sunday afternoon just in time to see the P-51 Mustang flying-by over the airfield I arrived in Hagenbuch. One of the main attractions were the two Antonow AN-2 double deckers by Starflight. They offered public flights. But there were far more interesting things to see on that day.
And only two days later we travelled to Rabland (Südtirol) to spend another week at the hotel Rössl.
Even at third time being there we still could discover new bike routes nearby or east of Meran. Thanks to Erich who now acts as some kind of bike guide for the guests at the hotel Rössl. Sure we will come again next year. Wonder why? Check the photos.
I have been busy all the time: from October to December I did the fieldwork together with three club members for the new orienteering map Ottenberg. Along with this work I took photos to document my progress. Then after a short break during Christmas time I’ve started drawing the map on the computer. Again there is a short documentation about that work. The new map was finished in late March 2013 just in time for our big event on 13. and 14. April 2013.
I will fill this gap in the next few weeks with additional entries.
But at the end of each trip we could relax in the wellness pool and enjoyed again a wonderful time at the hotel Rössl. With better maps we did a tour again where we get lost last year. This time without any problems. (photos).
I like this tradition and since the weather was fine on 26. December I took my camera an shot this picture.
The De Havilland Heritage Air Center has three Mosquitos in their hangar among other aircrafts (photo album). Very funny to see a Swiss Vampire here, I remember to see them flying over Nussbaumen when I was a child.
Something I did realize here in the Battle of Britain expositions is the fact that Great Britain was under attack during the summer of 1940 and that the people suffered by the German bombing.
Interesting to see German airplanes that one can not see in a German museum. There are photo albums of the „Milestones“, „Bombers“ and „Battle of Britain“ halls.
Flying to Stansted seems a good starting point for the IWM at Duxford in the north, not far from Cambridge, and the various museums located in London.
Duxford is huge! All the aircrafts are displayed in over six hangars (seeing here the Air and Space hangar). While our visit there was a Catalina and an F-86 Sabre doing test flights for the upcoming air show a week later (see the videos). There’s no surprise that we could see airplanes that one never would see in Switzerland.
When the museum did close its doors at 6 pm we weren’t through all the halls. Maybe we had to come again to see all the things. There are photo albums of the Air and Space, the Flying Aircrafts plus Battle of Britain and the American Air Museum.
On day 3 the competition starts at the foot of the Vorab glacier about 2560 meters above sea level. On this particular map experimental symbols are used for the snow fields (lightblue) and for the desert like ground in front of the glacier (light brown). You can see a bigger picture of the map on the Flickr set to get a better impression.
Sure every day we enjoy very much the wellness part of the hotel but after some sports .
The whole region offers many bike tours well marked so we had no problem finding our way. Well, as long as we followed such a route which wasn’t always the case.
The altitude graphs of most of the tours look similar like the one shown below (green): straight up the hill and then down again. I have recorded most of our tours with my Garmin Edge and uploaded the tracks to the Internet. You may find more of them on the activity board. Sure there are a few photos on a Flickr set too.
In a few weeks Alain will finishing his secondary school and then beginning his apprenticeship. He will get a commercial education at the municipal administration of Rickenbach.
The weather was sunny and we could watch the different landscapes. Madrid was like an „old friend“, since we had Nadine with us who speaks Spanish and knew all the good places to be
There we also met the guest-family during her Au-pair stay two years ago. Monday was the final shopping trip for Nadine while Marianne and me visited the town center (Sol).
Here I saw these policemen on their horses (more photos from the Citytour).
We have also visited the new harbor that was built for the 32. America’s cup in 2007 (see the photos on Flickr).
This year we went to see the „International Luftfahrt-Museum“ at Villingen-Schwenningen, a private exibition with most of the aircrafts displayed outdoors.
Together with Alain we’ve started at Hemmental to our trip to the three observation towers Hagenturm, Schleitheimer Randenturm and Siblinger Randentrum (photo album). Now there is only one tower missing, the Beringer Randenturm. Maybe we will visiting it next year
Kitzbühel is a nice little city comparable to St. Moritz (maybe) and like many other winter sport places Kitzbühel is famous regarding downhill skiing. One day Alain and me were hiking part of the „Streif“ up to the Hahenkamm while Marianne was running up the mountain.
We did also a couple of bike trips in the surrounding region (see photos).
And so we start our preparation for this family party. We remember that our parents have invited all their friends already some time ago and everyone was excited about that - they were talking about it whenever they met again. But finding all the addresses after all this years took us some time.
When Sam an me were searching for a gift to Hannes 50th birthday we discussed such a flight. But it took us quite a while to finally get in the air. Both Sam and me took some photos and put them on Flickr (Sam’s album, Ueli’s album).
They were invited to a little welcome party at our home. Nadine advised us what to prepare in advance.
In the afternoon we walked up the hill to the Croix du Rangen. From there we had a beautiful sight to Thann and its surroundings.
footprints in the snow
This happened from mid december until now. I am wondering how long this will go on.
After last years success they offered two courses now and therefore Marianne was working from 21. February to 6. March down in Spain. There are a lot of photos from this events on Flickr now (choose your album from the set).
The Dornier museum just opened last summer and the latest state of technology is incorporated to this exhibition. It was a pleasure to visit it and it is even close to Winterthur (see the photos).
Enough to have covered the landscape in white as you can see on this photo (photo taken at around 5 pm).
On Saturday we went to the city (SOL) to see a few famous places (you can’t see every place in one weekend, this city is too big) and of course we were also shopping. On the next morning we were walking in the Retiro park and enjoying the beautiful autumn here in the south of Europe.
With a special train from the 30ies called Churchill-Pfeil we enjoyed a trip to Andelfingen - Rheinfall - Stein am Rhein - Kreuzlingen -Weinfelden - back to Winterthur. Its named after Sir Winston Churchill who visited Switzerland short after the 2nd WW. Then he did use this train to travel through Switzerland.
At Eglisau we had break for lunch before we were continuing our trip to Rüdlingen - Flaach - Volken - Henggart and back to Winterthur.
Here she has packed all her luggage and is ready to leave. We accompany her to the airport in Zurich.
Taking a look into our album brings back a lot of memories
class by class every single student gets his result and certificate from the prorector of the Gymnasium Rychenberg Mister Jürgen Thon Benz.
Alain in front of the Hotel Preussenhof at Zinnowitz
At Usedom we left our bikes and took a bus to Anklam from where the train leaves back to Switzerland. As selection of the huge amount of photos is on my Ostsee 2009 Flickr ablum.
The "Historical Technical Information Center" (HTI) is located mainly at the former power station. Today it focuses on rocket science. But during the period from 1936 to 1945 it was also a test site for the German air force (Luftwaffe). Btw the rocket testing and development was under contol of the army (Heer) then.
Pictures from the HTI are on my Flickr photoset Ostsee 2009.
Here Alain is passing the control number 97 near the end of his course on H14.
The castle Hohenklingen has been reopened as a restaurant last summer after rennovation. The castle is open to the public. From the main tower you have an excellent view to the west (seen here), the south and the east.
With 'only' about 1000 participants NVG is a small event compared to O-ringen but we enjoyed the ambience even more. Visit the album on my Flickr account to see more photos of our vacation.
We enjoyed this area because of the mountains. In Lom we could also visit the Fjellmuseum that provides interesting informations about the mountains in Norway.
We were staying at Stöten which is close to the Norwegian boarder (about 2km). This five day orienteering event is really big, around 23000 competitors in more than 120 classes had registered.
In the afternoon I went for a short bicycle tour and visited them in Dinhard. Driving with a bicycle is now possible again after my surgical operation at my right knee almost four weeks ago.
Alain sitting on the wall of the former tower on the Schauenberg
In the back you may see the villages of Eschlikon and Aadorf.
This year he stopped near a hut on the orienteering map Hummbelberg a few kilometers south west of Wilen. Alain and me had no problem to find the forest but finding Santa Claus was difficult because of the o-course. But we managed that again and Alain could tell his "Värsli" (peom).
It is amazing how much Santa Claus knows about all the orienteers from our region More photos of Santa and "Schmutzli" on Flickr.
Since we enjoied our summer vacation in Halden and Göteborg very much we decided to go once again to Scandinavia and booked a short trip to Stockholm.
underground station Hötorget, the blue T stands for Tunnelbana
Similar weather as in Winterthur but a little more windy and still the beautiful colours of autumn in the parks and streets. And to no suprise the shopping streets are still crowded with people
On Wednesday there was the official visiting day. Marianne and Nadine went to Filzbach and enjoyed a sunny day together with Alain and the other children.
traveling routes in southern Scandinavia, up to Halden (1), next to Lerum (2) near Göteborg and to Billund (3)
At both locations we stayed in a club "Hytte" somewhere out in the nature. I rareley could take pictures because most of the time I was takeing videos. There are only a handful of photos on a flickr set.
We left three days earlier to visit Legoland in Billund (Denmark).
this picture was taken from the "Öhrlisattel" about one and a half kilometer away from the Säntis
On this day we found excellent wheather conditions (good sight) that made the trip a real pleasure. Ok, at the end it gets tough because of the climbing and of course we get tired after almost 4 hours of walking.
the red cirle markes the point from where the first photo was taken
I had done this tour already with Nadine when she was 10 but we didn't had such a beautiful sight then.