Despite still being around -2 degrees, the sun was out and it was time to walk! I may have walked the regular path, but there’s always something new to see, a subtle change, something unexpected … Today’s fitfor15in15 was magical!
A clear and bright sunrise promised big things … and delivered
The birds seem to have come back in the past few days. I bought some bird food yesterday after collecting my work visa (yes! We celebrated last night with an Aperol Spritz. Yum), but there haven’t been any nibbles so far, despite seeing and hearing plenty of my favourite little sparrows.
Come on birdies! Come and get it!
The path at the start of the walk had been churned up by a tractor, which made for a hard slog, but once out into the sunshine, it didn’t matter!
A harder slog than normal
Then it was through the houses and up and over the hill in to Möriswil …
A funny little cloud
Another house has put out some food for the birds
An icy, uphill path made for some interesting times
These sheep have never been here before! What a great surprise!
Friendly faces (and not so friendly-looking bums!)
Their clanging neck bells made a stop-start melody
This path leads to Möriswil, but the village in the distance is Säriswil
People have put a lot of love and care into this fellow!
And again, Möriswil provided new things to see and experience …
A lovely piece of nature’s art from a gutter
An old Stoeckli used for storage now. A family probably lived in it 100 years ago, or more. Our Stoeckli is over 150 years old
One of the beautiful houses in the neighbouring village of Möriswil. I walk here often
A heavy duty icicle at the little ponies’ house
Smooth to the touch
The horses weren’t interested in a pat today – they had fresh hay! Move on woman!
Not many hours spent in this hammock at the moment! Can you spot the dog in the driveway?
The trusty yellow Wanderweg signs
Then it was back into the forest and out the other side for a big surprise!
This sign means trucks CAN’T go through here at any time. In Australia, a slash through the middle means you can’t, but here, just the red ring means no permission. “Kein Winterdienst” means the road isn’t serviced/maintained in winter
Walking through snow like this reminded me of walking barefoot through soft sand. Hard going!
Someone’s been wanderwegging through the fields!
I jogged through the colder, shaded sections
Straight and true
Unfortunately, the trampoline had a private sign on it. I was keen for a bounce!
A misty Alpine outline
Talk about getting a surprise! This skier came out of nowhere. I’d never seen anyone skiing around here before! It’s farmland!
Peter stopped for a photo and we talked for a while. He’s lived in this area his entire 67 years, and had been exercising/skiing for two hours when we met
Off he goes. Thanks for the chat!
Bye bye Peter! Would have been lovely, looking at the misty Alps the whole way home to his village
I did my best impersonation of a first-time roller skater on a frozen section of path, and almost fell over from the shock (and laughing at what it must have looked like!). All part of the winter fun. Then it was home to do some work.
Achtung! I nearly came a cropper on this icy section. It would have been hilarious to watch as I over-corrected myself for about five seconds
I love the contrast between all the colours. So fresh and clean, you can almost smell it
The final stretch home
Patches where no snow goes
Hey! Another snowman
A little less elaborate, but still just as sweet
Back home. There was a flower garden in there a few months ago. Who walked through it?
Have you been for a walk in your neighbourhood recently? You might think it’s boring and you’ve seen it all before, but it’s an ever-changing experience. You never know what you might see or who you might meet – I wouldn’t have seen the sheep and met a true local today if I’d stayed at home. Go on … go for a wander.
Wishing you a wonderful day.