A Swiss Spring Day

Sunshine, good company and the sweet smell of a freshly mowed pasture – my idea of the perfect ingredients for a leisurely Sunday hike (or wanderung in German). Plus, a great opportunity to capture the essence of a Swiss spring day for this week’s photo challenge.Hello
Hello, spring! Hello, world!
Along the Path
Fabulous hiking trails, like dark chocolate and flavourful cheese, are everywhere in Switzerland. According to one website, the distance covered by hiking trails is almost as great as that covered by roads (60,000 vs 72,000 kilometres). The trails run across farm fields, through orchards and parkland, and up, down, around and even through the Alps.
Apple Orchard
Apple Blossoms
Peaking over the Fence at the Cloister
Our afternoon hike took us past the Kloster Notkersegg. The monastery, nestled in the hills above the city of St. Gallen, dates back to 1381. The building we see today was completed in 1720.
Fields and a Stone Fence
Through the Gate
Along the Wall
Classic Swiss Farmhouse and Barn
The picturesque countryside is dotted with impeccable housebarns…
Spring Chicken
…and inquisitive farm animals, all meticulously cared for by farming families.

While picturesque, Switzerland’s farming community is in a state of decline. The traditional small family farms are unable to compete with the global trend towards large-scale corporate farming. Many Swiss farmers rely upon government subsidies, direct payments and protectionist food import regulations to survive. Fewer young people consider farming a viable career. The future of farming in Switzerland is uncertain.
Farmer and Daughter St Gallen Hike
A Farmer and his Daughter
On a day as beautiful as this one, the wise words of the Persian philosopher, mathematician and poet Omar Khayyam come to mind, “My friend, let’s not think of tomorrow, but let’s enjoy this fleeting moment of life.”

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4 thoughts on “A Swiss Spring Day

  1. Lynne Ayers

    Brought back memories – my first pass through Switzerland provided the experience of meadows like this and we woke in our tent to the sound of cow bells.

    1. Sara Post author

      Hopefully nice memories. While I’d likely be startled if awakening to the sound of cow bells when camping, I find their sound to be surprisingly soothing.

      1. Lynne Ayers

        Oh yes, good memories from quite some time ago – we had other interesting awakenings on that trip including a local bus that was trying to manoeuver around us when the driver found us camped in his turn around šŸ˜‰

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