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Lazy Sunday Lunch

Day 8 - Lauterbrunnen

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Another dreary morning - we couldn't bear to get out of a warm beds until about midday. It was absolutely freezing last night, really really cold. Mum said it was the worst night of her life; with all our jumpers, blankets and socks we still weren't warm enough. 

I got up about ten, dad was already outside, painting under the canopy. I got on with my drawing while mum and Tom alternated between reading and sleeping.
We were all up about midday and the sky was starting to clear, little patches of blue sky appearing between the clouds. We decided we wanted to see one of the lakes, Thun or Brienz. We headed towards Brienz for some lunch and found a really nice restaurant right by the lake, with a veranda with the best view. It warmed up a lot and the sun came out - not quite warm enough for shorts but we took off our raincoats. Great meal, then back to the tent after a scenic drive. 
We came to the Internet cafe for more brownies and I put yesterday's blog up. 
Home about six. Tom let dad loose on his hair with the clippers and he cut most of it off, looks really good. He looks like a different person. 

Tom attempted to put on a load of washing for the first time in his life so we had to go through what the symbols meant. Even after just one week of camping, clean has a new definition - anything that isn't visibly dirty.

Dad barbecued burgers for dinner, really nice. Lots of cards for our last night in Switzerland, bridge for over an hour accompanied by a giant Lindt chocolate bar and Goldbears. Happy days.

We were all in bed by about eleven. Dad offered for mum and I to go up to Mannlichen (by cable car) tomorrow morning while Tom and him put down the tent. The forecast for tomorrow is great - clear skies and pretty warm. Moving on to the Italian lakes tomorrow, four hour drive to Orta.

Posted by katebolshaw 02:21 Archived in Switzerland

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Wouldn't want to give the wrong impression Kate - although I did say it was the worst night of my life - as you know I have been known to exaggerate in the heat of the moment on occasion - and would like to revise it to "in my top ten of bad nights". Wouldnt want to caught moaning too much about the cold ;-)

by Sue - Mum to you!

Hi Kate,

Sorry to hear about the bad weather!
Finger's crossed for sunshine and at least some dryness.
Feel sorry for you guy's, while we have sunshine here. The pool is great - wish we could go for a swim together.

I'm glad it wasn't Auntie Sue's real worse night of her life - hopefully Italy will be much better. My Dad says it'll be lovely and sunny there and you'll all be able to get nice a d warm and dry again.

Love the idea of Tom's hair cut - can you take a photo?

Love you loads
Em xxx

PS I miss you loads Katie - can't wait to see you again - love you xxx

by Emily Dicey

Hi All. Well Switzerland sounds very picturesque but extremely cold. Your nan would have been like an icicle. We would have had to move to warmer climates. Roll on Italy. Please attach a photo of Tom, we would be very interested to see how he looks. Love to all. Hopefully you have arrived safely in Orta. Lots of love to all. Davexxx

by Dave


Hi Kate.Thank goodness you'veleft "the winter weather " behind and on course for a great summer holiday.God is smiling on Uncle Stewart Plenty of Sun!!!!for his holiday.
It would be interesting to see how many miles you will have clocked up on "the old car"It's certainly a good old work horse!!!!
I to would like to see a photo of my grandson .Hair Cut an all !!!!So bring it on. Nannie xxxx

by Nannie

Thanks Em, have a wonderful holiday in France and have a swim for me. Remember the two key words when holidaying in France - crepes and ice cream sundays (even though they're not French I've had some good one's there). Having a great time, lovely that you're reading and staying in touch.

To answer all your questions - Em, Nanny and Granddad, Tom won't let me take a picture of his hair because he wants it to be a little longer. However, in the photos for the next few day's there's some of him with us all so you can inspect from a distance. We're all safe and having a really brilliant time; lovely to be back in the sunshine. Love you all lots xxxx

by katebolshaw

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