Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Switzerland Calling

Just when I thought I had no more exciting news to hear I was proven wrong. Within minutes of returning home from a long day at work the phone rang. The caller was someone I haven't really introduced you to - it was from what we call our adopted daughter in Switzerland.

Many years ago when my children were very small we had a request for a young 17 year old Swiss girl to spend 6 months in a home to learn English. Her parents were friends with a family in the church we were working within. We exchanged a few letters and we decided that we would agree - a little bit unsure as to what we were letting ourselves in for. What would she be like? We decided it was a gamble but we'd go for it. Then one day she arrived in her wonderful blue denim dungarees, beautiful long blonde hair and a big smile.

She was an absolute delight. The children adored her and she very soon became one of our family. The six months flew by and we had many adventures together. Her English was almost perfect within days of her arriving. The day she had to return to Switzerland was a killer. We all went to the airport, tears pouring down our faces and No 3 distraught. As our adopted daughter went through the airport gates she screamed out "they're taking our sister away"! She then threw herself onto the floor. It was all very dramatic.

Since then she has returned to England quite a few times and we too have been to Switzerland. We were privileged to be invited to her wedding - in fact I was a bridesmaid. She married into a farming family and moved from an area of many mountains to more of a farming area near to the border of Germany. Her hubby is an amazing guy. He is full of fun and has never ending energy. They keep chickens, have a few vineyards, grow potatoes and have two adorable children (one girl and a boy).

Well what's the good news you ask. She  has asked to come and visit us in November - WHOOPEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

She's keen to come and see the newest arrivals. Ooh I can't wait. We haven't seen each other for 4 years so reckon we will be needing a never ending tea pot. Talking of little ones - can't resist not posting another picture of Nemo.

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