Lois Reynolds Mead

Art and a pink monkeyflower in a native plant garden…

Kandersteg light…

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It is true, I would not mind living in Kandersteg for a year just to chronicle what the light can do to those peaks. Won’t happen so I am left with my two week sampling…

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Oh, and the flowers…everywhere…

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Down at the corner from where we stayed was this wonderful chalet owned by an elderly couple who would greet us as we walked past. Besides the window boxes do not miss the sled on the side of the house and the biggest basket I had ever seen…

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Plus a replica mini-house in the garden…

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Here is another one…

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One rainy evening we walked south of town to Gasthof Ruedihous Restaurant (a Swiss Heritage site of national significance) for traditional food.

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It has a beautiful demonstration culinary garden in front and judging the composed salads we got the produce had just been picked from here.

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This is where I got raclette. You can see the wheel of raclette cheese waiting to be melted and my plate with the best handmade pickles I have ever eaten.

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One clear evening we sat outside under blue sun umbrellas and watched this young man walk the top of the fence. As agile as a mountain goat…

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That evening there was enough sun for a reflection…

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However, the night before our last day the rain created a bit of a problem and our only disappointment. It rained hard all night up high causing snow to melt.

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We could see from the train some flooding…

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We arrived at our meeting place with our guides to take us up to high elevation to see where the cows are taken for the summer and to watch the cheese making process. Unfortunately, the bus had been cancelled because the road was too treacherous. Under these conditions how do you make lemonade? We hopped back on the train and rode it to Bern. The buildings in Bern have arches along their first level (called rohr which is slang for pipe). Strolling through the covered arches is rohern or to go piping. So, we went piping in Bern and had a great time!

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