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Day 7 - Lauterbrunnen

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Sitting in the tent this evening, freezing cold and dampish. The rain has been relentless, the grass underneath the groundsheet has turned to a boggy mud, squelchy and soft. Came back from the toilets looking like a drowned cat, despite waterproof and hood. Not fun. 


This morning was a bit of a slumber. I don't think we were all up and dressed until 1.45 p.m., when we had bread and cheese for lunch. 
Tom and dad had an urge to play tennis at the indoor courts that they discovered yesterday so they dropped mum and I off on the high street in Lauterbrunnen. I needed a waterproof coat and I found one in a sport shop sale, then mum and I looked for a coffee shop with Internet access so I could post yesterday's blog. 
The cafe was warm and dry and had speciality brownies - I can now verify that they are indeed a speciality. We read for a while, then the boys picked us back up at five on their way home. 

We found some wooden boards to put by the tent door because our 'front step' was a mud bath by that point. No leaks so far (fingers crossed it'll stay that way) but one of the air tubes seems to be deflating very slowly, so we're hoping it isn't punctured. Inside is dry enough, but unlike our canvas mansion tent, water seeps thought the walls if you lean against them so we're sticking to the middle.mThank God we ignored mum and brought the eight man tent instead of the four man - its just big enough but when we're all inside we're kind of on top of each other. Dad utilised his DIY canopy and barbecued some pork and chicken for dinner, really nice. Tom, mum and dad read this evening while I tried to do a sketch for my art by lantern light. 


So I'm in bed now, raincoat on as well as all the jumpers I brought, listening to Noah and the Whale's cheery '5 Years Time'. Hope the weather clears up for tomorrow because mum and I want to go up some more mountains, cable cars this time, but it'll be pointless if we cant see the view. It's slightly claustrophobic here, not just because of the tent space but because we're in a valley between two very tall mountains and the clouds sit below their peaks. It's like a misty white blanket is smothering the town, slightly creepy. Socks on, hoods up, time to try and get some sleep. At least the sound of the rain helps us sleep. 


Posted by katebolshaw 07:41 Archived in Switzerland

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hi all My idea of HELL.I'm a sun bird and all the "scenery " in the world wouldn't be worth all that WET COLD and Discomfort.Bring on the "SUN "
we went to see Alex run yesterday he came 5 th out of 12not bad considering some of the kids were a year older.But good experience for the future.
Stewart has arrived n Dartmouth.Forcast a week of sunshine.How good is that for him. Summer is here at last. Bring it on. XxxNannie

by Nannie

Well!!! the weather has changed for the worst.let's hope it changes for the better very soon. Where is your next port of call? Don't get to cold. you are very brave. Davexx

by Dave

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