Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Arrival in Zurich - And Finally Some Snow

We are the fortunate house sitters. We not only house sit, we house sit in great places where we are happy to spend time.

Now, we are in Zurich, Switzerland. This is a city at work, at play, and connected to the farmland at its borders. The house is in a residential neighborhood just a five minute bus ride from a busy and fun neighborhood and another 8 minutes by train from Zurich Hauptbahnhof - the central station. So: 15 minutes to downtown on public transport that runs extremely regularly and on time. Also, we are about a 15 minute walk from a farm where we buy fresh milk, eggs, and potatoes. Not too shabby.

During the cold spell here in Europe, Zurich got a few days of gentle, intermittent snow. And it was really cold. But we went for milk anyway.

Five minutes from home: farmland blanketed in snow (where kids have been skiing and sledding).

Zee pigs.

Hi pig!

The best vending machine ever invented. 

Milk. Really good milk. The cows were in the barn, or there would be pictures of them, too. 

More pig/snow action.

The city and the sun, viewed from the path by the woods. Can you see all the construction cranes? Crazy.

We also did a little walking through town, where the snow had more to contend with. The light was lovely, bleak, dramatic when the sun did come out for a few minutes. These are nice days.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Time to Catch Up! Again.

Boy we are doing a bad job of being bloggers. The good news is, we're doing great otherwise. Both of us have been busy with our online work, so much so that we are (almost) turning away some jobs. There are only so many hours in the day. This fall and winter we were a little worried that this whole idea - working remotely while house sitting - was not going to bring in the kind of savings we need to be able to ride our bikes all summer again. Fortunately, things are looking better now and we have even started to tentatively plan our route.

So here is one more photo essay, a love letter to Sarlat, France. We spent six weeks in SW France, and were close enough to Sarlat to visit more than once. Don't worry, the next post will be about where we are right now rather than where we have been.

A cloudy and cold day, but full of lovely stone houses, mysterious passageways, and powerful high city walls. Thanks to Anthony and Karen for hosting us and letting us house sit for them while they were away.