Swiss Heartland Untour - May 6 - June 4, 2014
Sunday, May 11, 2014 Mother's Day
I got up at 6:30am, followed by Eleanor at 6:45am. Most of the stores including the bakery were closed that day. At 6:55am the temperature on our outdoor thermometer was 59 degrees Fahrenheit with overcast skies.
Our breakfast at 7:30am was larger than usual because the concert at Mattlisaal (at the school behind our chalet) was scheduled for 11:15am. The breakfast table included: 1/2 cup of yogurt (100 grams) each, orange juice, coffee, fresh fruit, followed by cheese (Schweizer Halbhart kase), toast with butter or jam and 1/2 banana each.
At 9:20am the breakfast dishes were all washed. We saw a mother with 2 children and a baby carriage going by. They wore raincoats and carried an umbrella. At 9:35am the temperature was a cool 60 degrees Fahrenheit, and the rain was coming down harder. 10:05am the wind was picking up as the rain stopped. The skies were completely overcast. If a front is coming through, the rainy skies may clear, but with cooler temperatures.
We were supposed to meet Albert and Rosemarie at the concert hall. Our plan was to leave at 10:45am and head towards Mattlisaal. Albert had been a member of a men's choir for 50 years. He had to stop 5 years ago when he got hearing aids. Albert and Rosemary came to the hall at 10:00am. He had made a mistake with the time. However, they heard the men's choir practicing and were able to save the best seats for us (elevated, front row, slightly off center).
Eleanor gave Albert photos from our 2002 and 2004 Swiss Heartland Untour at Chalet Berit, and New Jersey saltwater taffy for them to share. Once Albert saw the photographs he remembered Bill, the photographer.
Muttertagständchen (Mother's Day Serenade)
First selection song by the Men's Choir of Sachseln-Giswil on the video:
La Montanara (The Song of the Mountains)
The Middle and Upper School Choir singing "Uf u dervo."
After the concert drinks and snacks were served.
At 1:15pm Rosemarie drove us to Gasthaus Bahnhof to see if they had room for 4 for lunch. The place was packed because of Mother's Day. If we came back at 3:00pm there would be room for us.
So we detoured to Albert's house for pleasant conversation along with wine and some snacks. We reminisced about the good times with Berit. Albert told us where to find Berit's grave site.
We drove back into town around 3:00pm for our late lunch. Eleanor and I started off with mushroom soup. Eleanor, Albert and I ordered baby chicken with pikant sauce. Rosemarie had cheese on toast with ham and egg. Drinks included wine (Rosemarie), and beer (Eleanor, Albert & Bill).
Rosemarie and Eleanor received a small chocolate heart in honor of Mother's Day (Rosemarie & Eleanor are both Godmother's).
Before leaving, Albert invited us to join them at a band concert Saturday, May 17 at 8:00pm. The location is the same as the Mother's Day Serenade, Mattlisaal at the school behind our chalet. His grandson, Dominik, will be playing the drums. He also invited us for dinner at his house Sunday, May 18 at 6:00pm. The meal would be Albert's specialty, alpenmacaronen.
Outside the weather had not improved. At times during the late lunch there were several downpours. It was drizzling when Rosemarie picked us up in front of the restaurant and drove us back to our chalet. At 5:35pm we were back at the chalet saying goodbye to Rosemarie and Albert. We would see them again the following weekend for the concert at Mattlisaal Saturday and dinner at Albert's on Sunday.
I went to bed at 7:30pm followed by Eleanor at 7:45pm. Depending on the weather, we thought of heading to Zurich or Hergiswil the next day.
Total distanced walked: Bill - 1.56 miles, Eleanor - 1.02 miles
To be continued....