imageThis is the view of the farmhouse from the front, now complete with new windows. Zach got off to school on the eight a.m. bus absolutely fine and we waved goodbye to our little translator. The problem with Safi is that she understands every word you say in English but only replies in French. I was in the bathroom when outside of the window, up in the wooden eves, casually meandered a Pine Martin, that Mary had seen yesterday. It has obviously made a lovely home in warm insulation material up in the roof lining because if you lean out of the window you see where the material has been pulled out.

imageI googled the beast and up came a picture of a Swiss footballer wrestling one to the ground during a game and getting bitten for his troubles. So they are obviously pretty common over here but to see one wander past your bathroom window is bit unnerving as they are amazingly large. So on the whole a peaceful morning but then Mary went to collect Zach from the 11-40a.m. bus back for lunch and nothing. I got a phone call from Laura in England to say the school had called Lilian in Switzerland, the other grandmother to tell her the bus would be late and she called Laura who then called me. Keep up at the back! So annoying they don’t feed them at school for lunch but that is what happens over here. Anyway I drove the car down as I realised it may be a long, cold wait and Mary remained in situ, while Safi, who had accompanied her sat in the car. There had been some sort of incident involving firemen, Zach informed us, and maybe we will learn more later but the bus finally arrived from the wrong direction at about 12-30! So a blind panic to get lunch sorted and eaten before a late departure back at 13-20 instead of 13-15! So Swiss precision timing flew well out of the window today.

The serious face of Safi and the happy one!

The view from the lounge the other way, rather than down the valley and the cows in the field just outside the front door, just to the right of the car above.

Two faces of Zach. Those second teeth will fill the gaps soon, I’m sure.

We were no wiser at the end of the day about the fireman and what must have been a road closure but I’m sure all will be revealed soon. So dinner beckons and then the end of a fairly sunny but still chilly day on tranquility farm.

Thanks for reading Malcolm & Mary πŸ‚πŸ‚πŸ‚πŸŒ²πŸŒ²πŸŒ²

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Malcolm and Mary

Malcolm worked for LWT. Mary worked for TRL. They live near Camberley in Surrey and did achieve their life long ambition to visit New Zealand. They have two daughters Laura and Hannah and two grandchildren Zach & Safi. Having done the big trip they then went to Canada, which was amazing. Scroll down it’s all here. They have visited Venice that they both so fell in love with in 2009 again. And recently returned to Lefkada for one week in glorious sunshine. Where next? Well, Canada is calling again in 2019; this time including Alaska. So stay tuned if you enjoy the ups and downs of travelling.

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