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Chapter 5. Spring in Switzerland

Good morning and happy first day of spring! The sun is shining in Switzerland and it’s not hard to believe that spring has officially arrived…

From our Friday morning hike in Les Grangettes


I was born and raised in Western Canada; I lived in Edmonton until I was 13, and then in Calgary until I was 24. Canada is a beautiful and wonderful country….but I must confess, I was unaware that spring was anything except an optimistic myth until I moved to Europe! March and April were some of my least favourite times of the year- simply because I was so SICK and TIRED of winter at that point and couldn’t wait for the summer to start.

Spring in Switzerland was a revelation for me. We’ve just come off a week of brilliant weather- sunny and over 15 degrees every day last week. It’s been wonderful in every possible way. The fields are green, the leaves are coming out, and the flowers are blooming. Ahhhhhh….it’s warm, the colours are stunning, and I couldn’t be happier!

Sorry Canadians…I should really stop rubbing it in….

Now, let’s be honest here. It’s not all wonderful. There is a dark side, and that dark side is RAIN. It rains quite a lot here- maybe not compared to the UK or the West Coast of Canada, but definitely a lot more than I was used to growing up in Calgary. It rained all day Saturday (typical…sunny all week and miserable for the weekend!) and sometimes it can rain for weeks on end. In fact, the first spring I lived here, it rained the entire month of May. THE ENTIRE MONTH.

And with rain comes mud…

And with mud comes…muddy dogs…

Starting off the day with a nice and relaxing mud bath

Murphy isn’t one of those dogs who avoids getting wet and/or dirty. He loves spring. He loves the smells (fresh manure anyone?), the feel of rolling in the new grass, and of course, the feeling of a fresh mud bath. Murphy gets so muddy these days that he probably should have a bath nearly every day…but since I’m far too lazy to give him one, I usually just live with the mess! Besides, a muddy dog is a happy dog, right?

Oh, and speaking of manure, this is another downside of springtime in a small country town like St-Légier…this is the time of year they spray the fields surrounding us with fresh, ripe manure. The whole town absolutely stinks for weeks on end, it’s disgusting! I have to watch Murphy like a hawk to make sure he doesn’t eat/roll in any. Dogs can be so gross sometimes.

The manure truck in full spray. No Murphy, we won’t be walking that way!

Well, that’s all we have for today. Life has been crazy with the move approaching quickly (a week today….YIKES!), but I wanted to take a moment to enjoy the first day of spring and document what it was like here in Switzerland. It also feels a little symbolic, as Marc and Murphy and I are about to go through a ‘changing of the season’ in our lives. Let’s hope our new season/chapter looks as good as spring looks in Switzerland (minus the manure…😉)!

Happy spring everyone!


All smiles in the sunshine!

3 thoughts on “Chapter 5. Spring in Switzerland

  1. What a beautiful country !!! Our day is warm ish but the predominant colours are grey , dark grey, tan , and grungy snow / gravel . Not bitter at all


  2. Thanks for sharing I really loved the photos of Les Grangettes, Montreux and of course lovely Murphy! I am from the UK but have been living in Dornach (near to Basel) for eight years. I have just started a poetry blog here on WordPress in case you have time to have a look? Have a good afternoon, Sam 🙂


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