One of the things I love about living here in Central Switzerland is that we get a real winter. Something about the snow — der Schnee — always raises my Canadian spirits, especially in the run up to Christmas.
Even a sprinkling of the white stuff on the mountains casts everything in a new light. You see all kinds of details that you never noticed before.
There are twinkling lights on the balconies and across the valley, making it feel like a winter wonderland. Even the fog has it charms!
Part of the fun here is knowing that no matter how much snow falls, they are up to the job. Our town has a veritable army of snow removal trucks waiting in the wings with their engines revving. By November, they’ve installed bright orange poles all along the edges of the roads to clearly demarcate where the plows need to go. Even our small street is already plowed by the time I take the dogs out at first light.
Oh, the marvel of Swiss efficiency! (I do miss things about France, but snow removal is not one of them).
And when the sun comes out and bounces off the mountain tops it’s just, well…soul-satisfying.
At this time of year, as we head towards the winter solstice, you have to get out early in the afternoon to catch the sun’s last hurrah before it slips between the mountains. Then you get to huddle indoors as darkness creeps and even pour yourself a glass of something to enjoy from the warmth of cozy indoors.
If you are really blessed, you may even have a furry foot warmer or two.
What’s your favourite part of winter?