25. Jun, 2016

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SUNDAY 25-06-16

The heavy rain started at 06:30, followed by thunderstorms, but to be fair it was forecast, so no surprises, just more disappointment. The weather during our stay here at Lauterbrunnen has been 'changeable' to say the least, but most annoyingly for much of the time it has been either too wet or too hot to enjoy the marvellous outdoor opportunities there are here.

Today was spent doing chores, getting the motorhome ready for the road again, particularly the housework aspect. Living in such a confined space means that tidiness and cleanliness are a high priority.

It's been pretty wet all day on and off, though during a dry spell we did go for a nice walk down the valley, rather sad really. We do so love this area, the Bernese Oberland. From Lauterbrunnen Valley we can reach all of the walks, mountain villages etc that we could want using a good pair of legs, cable cars or trains. But you do need good weather. We have clothing and kit onboard to cope with temperatures from freezing cold to very hot, even the waste water tank has a heating element in it to prevent it freezing up, but there's no substitute for a nice warm sunny day.

We have exchanged contact details with a very nice couple across from our pitch, Howard and Alayne. That's the nice thing about this lifestyle, you get to meet so many different people, from many nationalities, and it's all very nice and friendly, and occasionally you meet people you just click with, and that's even nicer.

We have no problems at all over on this side of the Channel, we love rubbing shoulders with the locals no matter where we are, and we're always met with courtesy and helpfulness. Unfortunately I don't have an ear for languages and I truly envy those who have, but I get by. I find a smile and a handshake a pretty international means of communication, and in making myself understood I am improving my charades skills.

So that's about it for Switzerland. Tomorrow we are going back in to France heading for Colmar, then Obernai, then in to Der Farderland to run along the Mosel Valley, before probably ending up back in Ypres, Belgium before heading home.

As for the EU referendum result, it was a surprise to me, I expected the percentage figures to be the other way round. As we now enter the negotiating stage we'll get to see the true colours of our European 'friends', especially Europe's Bully Boys and their French Poodle. The rest I expect will be intimidated enough to follow. It isn't people who screw the world up, it's politicians, and they pay themselves very well for doing so.

The Chef's offering this evening was slow cooked beef in a sauce with new potatoes and vegetables, washed down with liquid grapes to ensure I get at least one of my Five-a-Day.

Here's to the future, whatever it holds for us.