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Things that made my Friday wonderful:

  • Using the barbacue that is available to residents of our building. There is a picnic table as well but we decided to eat inside due to the wind and cold.
  • Seeing two green bean plants and one zucchini plant starting to peek out of the soil.
  • Talking to my neighbor across the hall who is a super nice man. His garden plot is right next to ours. He ended up giving me several leek plants because he had ordered too many for the size of his plot. He and I laughed because we had both thought that half a plot would be plenty big enough the first year of gardening but in fact it is hardly anything at all.

I am surprised all the time by the community atmosphere that we have in Switzerland. I never felt this in America or France. Not a true community where everyone lives, works and even gardens together. We even have a FREE compost available to everyone in the village. I forgot all about it when I paid over 5 francs for a bag of compost yesterday. I could have kicked myself. If we need more compost for our  garden I will be sure to get it from the community compost.

Everyone always says (around here) that nothing is free in Switzerland.  I have to disagree with them because I have found that not to be the case.  In fact, we have so much more here in Switzerland than we ever had in America or France.  Our level of life is so much higher that it is incomparable to everything that I have known before.

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  • anne May 30, 2009, 5:51 pm

    I think that is wonderful…sounds a lovely way to live.

    Wow…FREE compost , that is amazing ..Happy Gardening, how sweet of your neighbour too!! :-)

  • expatraveler May 31, 2009, 3:06 am

    I can’t argue with you at all… I guess I can only dream and hope to be back living there one day again…

  • Shaun May 31, 2009, 6:07 am

    Agreed 100%…. it is the little things which make life here so different and enjoyable, since if you keep waiting for big material things in life to make you happy, you will end up with dissapointment more often than not… but then you know that:)

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