Today is one of these days again….when you wake up and it’s white outside (like on all the other mornings recently) and all the snow will be gone again in the afternoon. When you are having lunch and your older child is grumpy due to a running nose, your younger child spits food on you, it’s snowing outside while your muddy boots are trying to dry and you just got a letter informing you that you’ll have to live with only half of the calculated money for the next three months. Which will work out, somehow, but also means that it would be wise to cancel our planned holiday.
But it’s a good thing that I simply have to close my eyes for a moment (or look at the bunch of tulips on the table) and remember last weekend when we had one blissful day of spring! We went to the Walensee which had been on our exploring list for a long time. It is a beautiful spot and perfect for a walk with children as you can take the ferry to the other side which is completely car-free. The lake is surrounded by mountains and the car-free side has, due to its sheltered location, an almost mediterranean climate with palm and fig trees. The spring flowers were blooming, the sun was shining and, best of all: we only met one family and maybe two or three other couples during the whole walk. Which was a real treat as it is normally a very popular weekend destination (but last weekend was the last day of the Zurich ski holidays so everyone went up the mountains). We walked from one ferry stop to the other, had lunch, had a picnic, watched lizards and spent quite some time throwing rocks into the water before we went back to the first ferry stop again. Days like this are so precious and last for such a long time….I think I will just browse through the pictures again and again until it’s finally spring outside!