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Welcome to my thread. My name is Barbara and I am 58 years old. I live with my husband Thomas and the two cats Stitch and Piccola in Zürich, Switzerland. We have two daughters. The older one (Isabelle) recently moved back near us with her life partner. The younger (Marina) started studying law in September and lives with her partner in Winterthur. I work as a primary teacher. I have reduced my workload since last summer and so I always have free time on Wednesdays, which I enjoy very much. Like everyone in this group, I love reading, but traveling and art are also my hobbies.
I am excited to see what the new year will bring and I look forward to every visit from you here.
Here are some of the latest photos from my hometown Zürich.
# 1 The Northern Cross by Hendrik Falkenberg (4½ stars)
# 2 Oh, No, Octavius! by Michael Gallagher (4 stars)
# 3 Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift (5 stars)
# 4 Dust by Patricia Cornwell (4½ stars)
# 5 Bossypants by Tina Fey (4 stars)
# 6 Body Double by Tess Gerritsen (4½ stars)
# 7 Ich werde hier sein im Sonnenschein und im Schatten by Christian Kracht (5 stars)
# 8 In The Frame by Dick Francis (4½ stars)
# 9 Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener by M. C. Beaton (4½ stars)
#10 Der Privatsekretär by Claudia Piñeiro (3½ stars)
#11 Die Stille des Todes by Eva García Sáenz (4½ stars)
#12 Village of Stone by Xiaolu Guo (4½ stars)
#13 I've Got You Under My Skin by Mary Higgins Clark (4½ stars)
#14 Victory Square by Olen Steinhauer (4 stars)
#15 The Cruellest Month by Louise Penny (4½ stars)
#16 Death Du Jour by Kathy Reichs (4 stars)
#17 The Secret Place by Tana French (3½ stars)
#18 Auntie Poldi and the Fruits of The Lord by Mario Giordano (4½ stars)
#19 Summit Lake by Charlie Donlea (4½ stars)
#20 An Englishman in Madrid by Eduardo Mendoza (4 stars)
#21 Nevertheless She Persisted: Flash Fiction Project by Charlie Jane Anders (4 stars)
Take It or Leave It Challenge
1.: Read a book whose number of title words equals the number of names you find in the title finished: 2020-01-01
The Northern Cross by Hendrik Falkenberg (4½ stars)
5.: Read a book you didn't get to in 2019 finished: 2020-01-22
Dust by Patricia Cornwell (4½ stars)
8.: Read a book for the January CFF Mystery Challenge Challenge finished: 2020-01-26
Bossypants by Tina Fey (4 stars)
9.: Read a book which you obtained in November or December of 2019 finished: 2020-01-05
Oh, No, Octavius! by Michael Gallagher (4 stars)
14.: Read a book with a LT rating of 3.8* or more finished: 2020-01-08
Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift (5 stars)
1.: Read a book whose first word of the first paragraph starts with a vowel finished: 2020-02-02
Ich werde hier sein im Sonnenschein und im Schatten by Christian Kracht (5 stars)
3.: Read a book with a cover showing something you can wear on your face finished: 2020-02-08
In The Frame by Dick Francis (4½ stars)
6.: Read a book by an author we lost in 2019 finished: 2020-02-09
Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener by M. C. Beaton (4½ stars)
7.: Read the next book in a series by a woman author finished: 2020-02-21 The Cruellest Month by Louise Penny (4½ stars)
12.: Read a book that is divided internally by more than chapter headings finished: 2020-02-13
Die Stille des Todes by Eva García Sáenz (4½ stars)
13.: Read a book that has at least three names of people mentioned on page one finished: 2020-02-28
The Secret Place by Tana French (3½ stars)
14.: Read a book that has something to do with elections or voting finished: 2020-02-12
Der Privatsekretär by Claudia Piñeiro (3½ stars)
15.: Read a book with a (predominantly) purple cover for the February birthstone challenge finished: 2020-02-19
Victory Square by Olen Steinhauer (4 stars)
16.: Read a book where the authors name contains 4 or more different vowels finished: 2020-02-14
Village of Stone by Xiaolu Guo (4½ stars)
18.: Read a Book written by Mary Higgins Clark finished: 2020-02-17
I've Got You Under My Skin by Mary Higgins Clark (4½ stars)
3.: Read a book honoring "Plant a Seed" day finished: 2020-03-01
Auntie Poldi and the Fruits of The Lord by Mario Giordano (4½ stars)
10.: Tour de Suisse by adding the read pages to the Swiss postal code finished: 2020-03-08
Summit Lake by Charlie Donlea (4½ stars)
12.: Read an anthology of genre fiction finished: 2020-03-19
Nevertheless She Persisted: Flash Fiction Project by Charlie Jane Anders (4 stars)
15.: Read a book with a country in the title finished: 2020-03-18
An Englishman in Madrid by Eduardo Mendoza (4 stars)
2020 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge
I will give this challenge a chance again and I will not be disappointed if I do not reach the goal.
A book that's published in 2020
A book by a trans or nonbinary author
A book with a great first line
A book about a book club
A book set in a city that has hosted the Olympics
- Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift (5 stars)
The first book you touch on a shelf with your eyes closed
A book with an upside-down image on the cover
- Summit Lake by Charlie Donlea (4½ stars)
A book with a map
- Ich werde hier sein im Sonnenschein und im Schatten by Christian Kracht (5 stars)
A book recommended by your favorite blog, vlog, podcast, or online book club
- Bossypants by Tina Fey (4 stars)
- Nevertheless She Persisted: Flash Fiction Project by Charlie Jane Anders (4 stars)
A book that passes the Bechdel test
- Body Double by Tess Gerritsen (4½ stars)
A book with the same title as a movie or TV show but is unrelated to it
- In The Frame by Dick Francis (4½ stars)
A book by an author with flora or fauna in their name
A book about or involving social media
- Die Stille des Todes by Eva García Sáenz (4½ stars)
A book that has a book on the cover
A medical thriller
- Dust by Patricia Cornwell (4½ stars)
A book with a made-up language
A book set in a country beginning with "C"
- The Cruellest Month by Louise Penny (4½ stars)
A book you picked because the title caught your attention
- An Englishman in Madrid by Eduardo Medoza (4 stars)
A book published the month of your birthday
A book about or by a woman in STEM
A book that won an award in 2019
A book on a subject you know nothing about
A book with only words on the cover, no images or graphics
- The Secret Place by Tana French (3½ stars)
A book with a pun in the title
A book featuring one of the seven deadly sins
- The Northern Cross by Hendrik Falkenberg (4½ stars)
A book with a robot, cyborg, or AI character
A book with a bird on the cover
A fiction or nonfiction book about a world leader
A book with "gold," "silver," or "bronze" in the title
A book by a WOC
- Village of Stone by Xiaolu Guo (4½ stars)
A book with at least a four-star rating on Goodreads
- Victory Square by Olen Steinhauer (4 stars)
A book you meant to read in 2019
A book with a three-word title
- Oh, No, Octavius! by Michael Gallagher (4 stars)
A book with a pink cover
A book by or about a journalist
- Der Privatsekretär by Claudia Piñeiro (3½ stars)
Read a banned book during Banned Books Week
Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge
Gutes neues, dear Barbara! A new decade in this new-to-me century begins.
Beautiful photos of Zurich and a healthy repast. I wonder if Richard is willing to spare a crumb from that spread? I look forward to following your reading and travels in 2020, Barbara.
I’m glad to find you here, Barbara! I hope 2020 is filled with fantastic books and fascinating travels.
Hello Barbara! I'm looking forward to catching up with you this year.
>14 bohemima: Thanks so much, Gail for dropping by. I hope your 2020 will be a fabulous one too.
>15 cameling: Hello Caroline! Hopefully we can have a meet-up in 2020.
>18 DianaNL: Thanks so much, Diana. I also wish you a happy New Year, may it be filled with many friendly experiences.
Another resolution is to keep up in 2020 with all my friends on LT. Happy New Year!
>20 PaulCranswick: Ah, this is so wonderful. Thanks so much, Paul. Happy New Year to you, too.
>22 mstrust: Thanks so much, Jennifer. Unfortunately, I can't see the photo. Wishing you a fantastic 2020, too.
Wishing you 12 months of success
52 weeks of laughter
366 days of fun (leap year!)
8,784 hours of joy
527,040 minutes of good luck
and 31,622,400 seconds of happiness!!
>26 Berly: Thanks so much, Kim. What lovely wishes. I wish you and yours a gorgeous 2020, too.
>28 arubabookwoman: Thanks so much for dropping in, Deborah. Happy 2020 to you, too.
Hi Barbara my dear, wishing you, Thomas, Isabelle and Marina a very Happy New Year from both of us dear friend.
Guten Rutsch, Barbara!
As usual I love seeing your photos of Zuerich. So many happy Swiss memories. It's 10 years today since we arrived for our adventure in Basel and I still remember staying that first night at the Radisson Blu at Zuerich train station with a very lively 2 year old before we got the train up to Basel the next morning. Looking forward to keeping up better this year than last.
>37 susanj67: Thanks so much, Susan. Currently it's foggy which is normal at this time of the year.
>41 The_Hibernator: Thanks so much, Rachel. Wishing you and yours a fabulous 2020, too.
book 1 Read in German
The Northern Cross
What an exciting thriller. A dead man is found on a cross over the cliffs of the Baltic Sea, and it turns out that he is a porn star and belongs to a Free Church. The investigation appears to be hopeless. There are more and more dead who belong to this Free Church. This Free Church calls itself very open and only the ten commandments count. But if you consider the background of the dead, you will find that all of the seven deadly sins were indulged and therefore murdered. Hannes Niehaus and his colleagues have their hands full trying to track down the murderer. Whenever they think that they are on the right track, they will find that this is just a sideline.
This book held my breath from the first to the last page.
And Happy New Thread, Barb! I have missed your visits. Hope to see you around more in 2020.
Happy New Year, Barbara!
Lovely photos from Zurich up there.
traveling and art are also my hobbies." I join you on those!
>48 jnwelch: Thanks so much, Joe. Wishing you a fabulous 2020, too.
Next travelling will be our annual ski holiday in Davos for two weeks from the 8th of February.
Checking in and dropping a star! Hopefully I'll really have time to catch up on threads in the next few days. I'm heading home tomorrow.
>54 paulstalder: Thanks so much, Paul. What a beautiful photo. Wishing you a wonderful 2020, too.
>23 Ameise1: O.k., there must be something happening in the... translations? of our pics, because I can never see the book covers you post, but I can see the pics everyone else posts on your threads. I don't know what's up with that. But I'll describe the pic I posted: three gold champagne bottles, a gold disco ball and "2020". Let me assure you, it's very cool :-D. I wish you a Happy New Year.
58 Thanks so much, Jennifer.
Re pics: On some threads I can't see the pics and on others I can. I have no clue why it is so.
Happy New Year, Barbara! I am looking forward to your 2020 traveling and reading... and anything else that shows up on your threads.
Ein Gutes Neues Jahr, Barbara - and happy new thread.
Beautiful pictures of a beautiful town - Zürich is really worth a visit.
>63 SirThomas: Vielen lieben Dank, Thomas. Wishing you an azing 2020, too. Have you ever been to Zürich? It's not too far away from your place, isn't it?
🌟 I hope to keep up with your reading and travels better in 2020, Barbara. Most of my travels involve visiting my grandchildren. I hope to read more books this year set in faraway places. I guess I will be traveling in my mind which will suit me better as I am such a homebody.
>65 Donna828: Thanks so much, Donna. Wishing you an amazing 2020, too.
Since the USA is so big and if your children don't live nearby, these are also big trips. It has been a quarter of a century since we last left Europe. It doesn't look like we're going to vacation outside Europe this year.
Happy New Year, Barbara. Zurich looks lovely - all I've ever seen of it is the railway station when we changed trains there once!
>67 CDVicarage: Thanks so much, Kerry. Wishing you an amazing 2020, too.
Where did you go by train?
>64 Ameise1: Thank you, Barbara, I drove past Zürich once.
My wife has been there several times in her youth - she loved the city.
It is less than 300 km, that should be reachable.
>69 SirThomas: Oh, it's still 300km? That's like going from Zürich to Geneva and for me it always feel like a long way.
We live in the north of Baden-Württemberg.
It is too far for a day trip, but for a city trip as a short holiday it is certainly accessible.
Hi Barbara! I'll swear I visited your thread already but apparently not so.
A belated Happy New Year and best wishes for all things in 2020.
Happy Saturday, Barb. We have some winter weather to deal with today, but so far, it has been a mild one. I hope that continues.
>71 SirThomas: You're right, for a short city trip it would be ok.
>72 karenmarie: I'm happy to see you here, Karen. Wishing you a fabulous 2020, too.
>73 msf59: Fingers crossed that it won't get too chilly at your place. In Zürich it's too mild and very green. Only up the mountains it looks like winter.
Happy Saturday, Barbara! It is a chilly, dark and foggy morning by me. I need some sunshine!
>75 Carmenere: Happy Saturday, Lynda. We have lots of fog at this time of the year, too. I hope you'll get some 🌞 soon.
>68 Ameise1: We were going from home in Sussex to Jenbach, Austria for a holiday in Pertisau on the Achensee, to visit all the Chalet School sites. We took two days over it and stayed in Basel overnight.
>77 CDVicarage: That's indeed a long trip. Basel is beautiful. I like it.
BTW what are Chalet School sites?
78. Hi Barbara, I was wondering about the meaning of Chalet School sites, too. Thanks for asking.
Davos ho! You leave next week, don't you? Have you selected your reads for the trip?
> 78 The Chalet School series, written by Elinor Brent-Dyer starts in Austria. The school is in Briesau (Pertisau) on the edge of the Tiernsee (Achensee) and the girls go on lots of trips, locally and further afield - Innsbruck and Salzburg - so it's possible to go where the fictional Chalet School girls went. Later on the school moves to Guernsey, Hereford, Wales and then to Switzerland. EBD never actually went to Switzerland so the details for those books come from her reading of guide books!
>80 The_Hibernator: Thanks so much, Rachel. I wish you a wonderful one, too.
>81 richardderus: Rdear, we are going to Davos on the 8th of February. So, plenty of time to decide which books will be coming with me.
>82 CDVicarage: Thanks so much, Kerry for the insight. It's a lovely idea to visit place which you know from books. I hope your trip was a success.
>79 DianaNL: >83 DianaNL: Diana, now we know more, don't we?
I have fond memories of reading EBD's Chalet School books as a pre-teen while our family did a camper van tour of Europe one summer. I begged and pleaded with my parents that we had to visit Briesau, which was agreed to. Happily, Dad already had plans for us to see Innsbruck and Salzburg.
>85 lkernagh: That's very lovely, Lori. I hope you enjoyed it.
Well, I've been to places in Europe where a book has taken place. It is a really funny experiment. On the other hand, due to have already visited lots of places in Europe, I can very good see a spot in my inner eye when reading a book.
Oh, No, Octavius!
This is Octavius Guy's fourth book and I personally received it from the author for Christmas. Thank you very much Michael, as always it was a great pleasure to read.
Octavius and his companion George take over a case in Highbury. George works undercover in the boys 'school while Octavius lives as a guest in Highbury House and attends the boys' school as a day student.
The point is that various residents want to get rid of the headmaster Reverend Burr and Octavius and George have to prove that the headmaster is no longer sustainable. But everything turns out differently than planned because the Reverend is found murdered in the church. Who murdered him? Octavius has his ideas there, but always has to find that he gets lost in something. He also soon realizes that various residents have their secrets and it is not that easy to uncover them.
For me as a reader it was exciting from the first to the last page, because with Octavius' considerations I only noticed at the end how and why it all happened.
>87 Ameise1: Ella, in 2014 I got the first book of this series as an Early review. Since then the author asks me to read the new one upfront and write a review.
So far I like it very much. It's a short read but I'm not sure if I'm able to finish it soonish. Tomrrow it's back to work.
book 3 read in German
I was captivated by this story from the start. I immediately felt involved and had the feeling that I was standing in the middle of the audience, listening and living with it.
Jane, a maid, had an affair with a young man from a good family who was about to get married. This affair had previously been kept secret and now on Mother's Day, when the large manor house was empty, they made love for the last time in his bedroom.
Throughout the story you can hear Jane talking about her feelings, her impressions and her experiences. You get to know a lot about her life, that she was a foundling, that she learned to read and write, that she loves books about everything, that she quit working as a maid shortly after Mother's Day and started working in a bookstore and later becomes a writer herself.
It is a book that I can highly recommend.
Happy Wednesday, Barb. I hope the week is going well. I NEED to get to Mothering Sunday. I have had it in the stacks forever.
Loved Bossypants!! Enjoy,
Mothering Sunday sounds wonderful. I’m adding it to my list.
I hope your week goes smoothly and you have more great reads.
Dropping a star, Barbara, and wishing you happy in 2020. Your photos up top are beautiful.
Oh dear, not in Davos until February eh? Darn. Well, no matter when, it will be fun!
Lovely review of Mothering Sunday, Barbara. I'm going to need to add this to my burgeoning wish list.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
>104 PaulCranswick: Thanks so much, Paul. It was a gorgeous reading.
>105 SandDune: Rhian, I totally agree. I also found it fascinating that he packed so many topics into this short story.
>106 richardderus: Ha, Rdear, in four weeks I'll be on the skis the first day.
>107 cameling: Thanks so much, Caro. I hope you'll like it as much as I did.
Last week I didn't get much to read. On the one hand, teaching has started again, on the other hand, our older generation has kept us busy.
On Friday evening, when we finally had time to cook dinner, our younger daughter called and told us that my MIL had passed out. They wanted to go to the theater together when this happened. Fortunately, my daughter received several weeks of training as a paramedic from the military during her teenage years. She acted perfectly and only called us when she had stabilized her grandmother and alerted the ambulance. But for us it was a matter of turning off the stove, getting into the car and driving to the emergency department in the Cantonal Hospital in Winterthur. Fortunately, it was just a weakness. Heart, lungs and brain are ok. After all the tests were good, my MIL didn't want to stay in the hospital for one night, but wanted to go home. So we took her and my BIL stayed with her. After midnight we were finally able to continue cooking and eating.
On Saturday I was with my siblings in our parents' house, where we continued to clear more rubbish out for several hours. Slowly we see what is still useful and what is not. I also called an antique carpenter so that he could value all antique furniture. He will come next Saturday. The continuation in my parents' house follows then.
I'm glad the teaching startup has gone well, am sorry to hear about your MiL's fainting spell. Good that there's nothing basically wrong.
And I guess I missed something about cleaning out your parents' house.
>113 karenmarie: Karen, my father emigrated to Thailand in mid-November and left his house and its contents to us siblings. You know, if he just fell dead, I could accept this mess at his home. BUT he planned to emigrate without doing anything, according to the motto 'after me the deluge'.
I do remember that your father emigrated to Thailand. I guess I didn't think he'd just leave a whole house full of stuff for his children to deal with. I'm really sorry about that. On top of the abandonment you've got the mess.
I'm slowly starting to go through things so our daughter won't be dealing with our mess.
>112 Ameise1: Sorry about your mother in law, Barbara, I hope she stays allright. Glad your daughter was with her when it happenend.
Cleaning out your parents house sounds like a big project, good luck!
>112 Ameise1: Yow! That can't help but feel like insult after injury. Sad with you and the whole family for this rift.
Gee, Barbara, leaving a mess for others to pick up seems selfish. Maybe you’ll find something to make it all worthwhile?
I hope work and home goes smoothly for you this week.
Sorry you had to deal with the stress of your MIL passing out, but I'm glad family was there to help her out and call for an ambulance.
Barbara, I am sorry to hear about your MIL and hope she will be up and about in no time! And much strength for the clean-up. This will be on a todo list soon as far as my grandma's apartment is concerned. I am dreading the thought but we have also started veeeery slowly to see what can we use/donate/throw away.
Happy Wednesday to you nonetheless!
Best wishes for you and your MIL, Barbara.
I hope you find a way to deal with your father's behavior.
I wish you a wonderful weekend.
Barbara--What a way to start the new year. Wishing you the best of luck as you clean up after your father. And I am glad it was only a fainting spell for your MIL and that your daughter knew what to do. Hang in there!
Sorry to hear about your MIL Barbara - good that it doesn't seem anything too serious. But I can imagine that having to deal with your father's house is a nuisance.
book 4 ♫ Read in German
This is an exciting Scarpetta thriller that made me guess for a long time to find the answer to the puzzle.
A woman is found dead. The details are the same as the victims of the murder that Kay's husband is dealing with. Is the killer in the Boston area now? It almost seems that Kay is in danger herself. Who is this danger from? Can she still trust Marino? Luckily, Kay has her niece Lucy aside. She helps to track down a major cover-up that also affects Kay's husband company.
>120 bohemima: Thank you very much, Gail. I took all old copper kettles home from very small to very large. I have been collecting old copper cauldrons that do their work in our garden for years. Furthermore, I took all the wooden masks that my great uncle, who was a sculptor, made. I already had some of them at home. An old coffee grinder, an old barometer that has served my great-grandfather well and I also took some nice glasses with me. My older daughter, who has recently been living in a house, took the large marble and iron garden table with iron chairs with her. Also a stone sculpture and old porcelain cups. My youngest daughter took various dishes with her because she just opened a household. In addition, she gets a large picture that my mother's twin sister painted. We'll pick it up on Saturday. When the house tour is over, I will pick up a beautiful Biedermeier cabinet.
>121 mstrust: >122 The_Hibernator: >123 PersephonesLibrary: >124 SirThomas: >125 Berly: >126 SandDune: >127 PaulCranswick: Thank you all very much, luckily my MIL is doing much better again. She is already up and running again and nothing can stop her. Yesterday Thomas was with her at the shareholders' meeting of the Schauspielhaus Zürich and then they saw Snow White for adults, which Thomas did not necessarily find successful. I could not participate because I have a lot of work at the moment. I hardly get to read, which bothers me a lot.
Hi Barbara! I'm glad to hear that things are getting sorted out at your parents' house and that you and your daughters are getting some practical and sentimental things. I'd love to see a photo of the Biedermeier cabinet eventually.
Sorry you're so busy with work and that you're not getting to read so much.
Ha, that was a book where I could often laugh out loud. Tina Fey describes her life as a comedian, a writer of comedic pieces, but also what everyday life has to offer in comedic moments. It's funny, but I think you have to be American to understand all the nuances.
One thing this book taught me is that I am glad that I did not choose such a way of life. It would be too exhausting for me.
Ich werde hier sein im Sonnenschein und im Schatten
>130 karenmarie: Thank you so much, Karen. Here is a photo I took at my father's house 10 days ago. It didn't work so well, so I'll post one when the good piece is at home.
Absolutely gorgeous, Barbara! Do you know where you're going to put it? There are a lot of pieces of furniture I'd sacrifice to find a place for that beauty.
>131 Ameise1: My daughter listened to this one on her commute, Barbara, and said she would often be stopped at a light, laughing. I would like to read this one soon because it would fulfill one of my library challenges.
>134 Ameise1: Thanks so much, Anita.
>135 figsfromthistle: Karen, we will renovate our living room in late April. Then the cabinet will be given a nice place.
>136 karenmarie: LOL, Beth, I like to believe that, because when I hear a funny book and often have to laugh out loud, people look at me as if I came from another planet.
I hope you like it as much as I do.
book 6 ♫ Read in German
It was an exciting hearing. After a congress in Paris, Maura Isles returns home to find that a dead woman has been found in front of her home who is like her. Who was this dead woman? She knows that she was adopted, but had no idea that she had a twin sister. During the investigation of the case, Isles and Rizzoli come across a serial killer who is still active for several years and is targeting heavily pregnant women. Isles also gets to know her birth mother, with whom she does not want to make any further connections.
The plot is very captivating and scary at the same time.
Happy Sunday, Barb. Miss seeing you around but glad to see plenty of books being read over here.
book 7 Read in German
Ich werde hier sein im Sonnenschein und im Schatten
The book cover says:
Flames over Europe. German airships bomb the power center of the Swiss Soviet Republic dug deep into the rock. East Africa enjoys the blessing of Swiss civilization, but the evolution of mankind is reversed.
A Jew, a woman and a black man, this is Switzerland, this is the new world. (says Brazhinsky)
Everything is different. African youths are trained as Swiss officers and then sent to war in the heart of Europe. The story is told from the perspective of such an African officer. He is one of the very few people who can still write and read. This is no longer important, but it is for him. He has a tattered notebook where he writes everything down until one day he loses it. He is actually looking for a Polish Jew to arrest. He encounters a woman who explains to him that there is a new communication system that does not speak anymore (a kind of thelepsy?). His path leads from Bern to the reduit of the Swiss Alps. On the way he meets poor Swiss people who hardly have anything to eat. In the reduit he meets the Polish Jew, whom he does not arrest. On the one hand he is fascinated by his personality, on the other hand he also wants to learn this new communication. In the reduit he remembers his past, as the history of mankind is painted on the gallery walls as before. He has an increasing need to get away from it all. When the Alps are shaken by bombardment, he flees through the southern tunnel, comes to Ticino and on to the Mediterranean to travel to Africa on a ship. On the way he remembers writing. But since he has no paper and no pen, he puts all the words on the floor with sticks and stalks.
In Africa, attitudes and life have also changed. While the Swiss cities, schools, children's hospitals and railway tracks had previously built and thus ensured the upswing in East Africa, all of the facilities have been orphaned and people have returned to their origins back in the country.
Christian Kracht describes a utopia away from racism and the exploitation of African people to a peaceful world that somehow cannot be realized. He indirectly criticizes colonialism, annihilates the former colonial rulers such as England and Germany, but also paints a very dystopian picture.
>146 paulstalder: Thanks so much, Paul. Wishing you a wonderful one too. I caught a cold on Friday and took the weekend easy. Now I feel much better.
>147 Ameise1: So, you are alright for working on Monday ...
I had to work in the library yesterday. And on Monday starts my pension seminar, getting to know what I'll have to do when I retire next year.
>148 Carmenere: Thanks so much, Lynda. I got lots of reading time which was very seldom during the last few weeks.
>149 paulstalder: Yep, I feel better but not 100%. I've only to work on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday next week. Next Saturday we're going to Davos for two weeks. I'm really looking forward to it.
Wow, only one year to work?!? I have a few mores ahead of me.
>151 EllaTim: Thanks so much, Ella. I feel much better in comparison to last Friday. Yrp, only three work days before holiday. Big grins.
>153 thornton37814: Will definitely do so, Lori. We're going on the 8th and will stay there for two weeks.
Hope that the week goes quickly Barbara, and that you can soon enjoy your holiday.
Have a great holiday, Barbara. It sounds like you need one even more than usual after dealing with the mess your father left and the scare over your MIL.
>144 Ameise1: Wow! That's fascinating. I'm jealous! It's never been translated into English!
Happy week ahead.
>144 Ameise1: I have that book somewhere in the library, and the text on the book cover sounded quite interesting. Maybe I'll read it this year.
>155 charl08: The first of my three working day this week is over, Charlotte. It was busy as usually but good.
>156 Familyhistorian: Thanks so much, Meg. Yes, I definitely have to earn these holidays, much more then in other years.
>157 richardderus: I'm very sorry that it isn't avaiable in English. It was definitely very gripping and lots of subjects are perfectly packed in only 150 pages.
>160 Ameise1: I put my Facebook friend Matt onto the case. He's a big deal in the alternative-history publishing world. Maybe he knows someone who can make it happen....
book 8 Read in German
In The Frame
As always a very exciting Dick Francis, even if this story has only marginally to do with horses.
Todd visits his cousin Donald. When he arrives at his house, the police are already there. His sister-in-law is murdered in the living room. The whole house is devastated and most of it is robbed. A short time later, Todd meets a 'crazy' lady whose house has been burned down. What do these two cases have in common? Todd soon realizes that he is going to Australia. Together with his old friend Jik and his wife, the trio sets out to find the culprits. They not only find out that pictures have been forged and sold in all parts of the world, but that this gang is depriving all owners of the forged pictures and their belongings.
Todd must also painfully realize that this organization does not stop at anything. He passes death twice and is seriously injured. With the help of the police in Australia and England, the head of the organization is finally snapped.
This afternoon we arrived in Davos. Unfortunately, the weather forecast isn't great. If we're lucky, we can go skiing tomorrow. After that, it fails for a few days due to storm and snow. Don't worry, I've brought enough books with me ;-).
>165 Ameise1: Oh, thank *goodness* you have some books with you! I don't know what might have inspired you to bring books on vacation, but it's so lucky you did. :-P
>166 richardderus: LOL, I love your humor, Rdear. Do you know a book lover who is going on holiday without a book?
I cannot believe I have missed your thread up to this point, Barbara! I will try and keep on top of it from here on out.
Looks like you have had some great reads already this year. I hope that continues for you.
Have a nice day tomorrow Barbara! Hope it is as beautiful as it is in the picture.
We're having stormy weather tomorrow. Good you have some books with you, always travel prepared, eh?
>168 alcottacre: Hi Stasia, thanks so much for stopping by. I haven't visited much threads recently. Therefore I have to find your one.
>169 EllaTim: Ella, I think it's a terrible storm that is sweeping Europe. The top values in the mountains are at 160 - 180 km/h and in the lowlands still at approx. 120 km/h. That means, if possible, stay indoors, do not stand in exposed areas and not near trees. It should start today from midnight and last all day tomorrow. In these weather areas the forecasts are mostly correct, so it is better to do what is recommended.
>170 FAMeulstee: Anita, I hope you like this book as much as I do. Definitely enjoy it.
We will definitely have a great time in Davos. Winter vacation here is the most relaxing for me, no matter what the weather is like. Mountain air and snow is always the best medicine. Even if it storms and snows, it has something magical and soothing. I probably feel it that way since I spent my first six years in the mountains.
Happy Sunday, Barb. Have a lovely time in Davos. Are you getting your skiing in today?
Today we enjoyed a wonderful skiing day. The snow is perfect and the sky was deep blue. It's hard to believe that a violent storm with lots of snow is coming tonight. The next three days it doesn't look like we'll be on skis. We drove our favorite routes and also visited the point where you can watch the ibex. I am always fascinated by how these can adapt to the surroundings, and we had late lunch on a sun terrace. Unfortunately, there was a strong, very cold wind during the meal. Thomas continued to ski while I drove down into the valley and drank a mocha in the wind-protected coffee gossip.
>176 Ameise1: How spectacular! And all the more pleasurable with tonight's onslaught as spice.
>176 Ameise1: Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing :)
Enjoy the rest of your vacation
book 9 Read in German
Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener
This was a cozy mystery. Agatha comes back to her village after a long journey and realizes that a newcomer has the popularity of everyone, especially her neighbour James. Over time, she realizes that this woman knows everyone's weaknesses and insults them so much that everyone is ashamed to admit the others. Furthermore, she is jealous because this woman is so interested in James. One day the woman is found dead. It quickly becomes clear that many would have had a reason to kill her. Agatha doesn't want to play the detective again at first, but James urges her to.
Beautiful photos! I love the sight of the snowy mountains, and the overflowing mocha!
At least you got in one good day of skiing before the storm hits, Barbara. Good planning to bring those books along for the time spent indoors out of the weather.
>186 thornton37814: Lori, we are a little bit away from Davos Dorf and there are actually some nice corners. Davos is the highest European city at 1560m. The place is elongated and not particularly beautiful itself. The mountains and the elongated valley make up the beauty.
>187 Familyhistorian: Meg, we're glad we had such a nice day on Sunday. Our daughters arrived yesterday. There was no chance of going on skis for maybe an hour. Today there is a huge storm. Our vacation home is usually sheltered from the wind, but today the storm sweeps past here (I posted a little video on FB and Instagram). I don't want to know how the storm rages on the peaks. At the moment there is not even the funicular that normally runs in all weather conditions.
Our daughters took the train to Landquart to shop in a huge outlat. Later they want to go sledding. No idea whether the cable car in Klosters will run until then.
So the windstorm has arrived! I suppose it's not ideal mid-skiing-holiday...but all that lovely uninterrupted reading time has to ease the sting, right?
book 10 Read in German
I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, I expected a little more excitement about the machinations of an election campaign in Argentina, on the other hand, the figures of the journalist China and the private secretary Román could have done better.
Román and his chance acquaintance Sebastián apply for a job with the 'Pragma' party. Sebastián actually wants to be a political analyst, while Román just applies that he has a job to make money.
Román is actually observed, found useful and hired by the party leader, while Sebastián has to wait for Román to be able to put in a good word for him.
China is a TV journalist who reports on pragma again and again and soon senses the chance that there is more to this campaign. She wants to write a non-fiction book because there is a curse on all candidates from Buenos Aires that they can never become president of Argentina.
Fernando Revira, the party leader, is surrounded by malicious advisers. On the one hand, they go over dead bodies or manipulate the press and the population. He also assigned a special task for Román to father his son with his wife, all in the name of the election campaign, since a candidate with family does better. Román refuses at first, but under pressure finds out that he has to do this. When Joaquín was born, Román took on the role of father and mother. Revira's wife was murdered. The longer Román is in Revira's environment, he becomes more afraid for his life and that of his son. He decides to go into hiding. He can count on the help of his uncle, a political veteran, Sebastian and China.
The end of the story is rather lame. I was hoping for a little more excitement.
Today the weather is much better than yesterday. Unfortunately, the light is diffuse, which makes it difficult for me to ski. Thomas and Isa are on the slopes, while Marina and I do the grocery shopping. We bought raclette cheeses and were amazed when a type of cheese with Körry Raclette was written on. I asked the seller what it was. She looked at me as if I came from another planet and laconically said that this was curry. Then I looked at her and thought 'They are spinning the Grisons'.
I'm glad you've gotten some skiing in and hope you have more very soon.
Great pictures, thank you for sharing them.
I don't think curry raclette is becoming my favourite dish.
Have a wonderful weekend, Barbara.
book 11 ♫ Read in German
Die Stille des Todes
This is a great start to a trilogy set in Vitoria in the Basque Country of Spain.
Inspector Unai Lopez de Ayala, also known as octopus, is called to the old cathedral by his colleague Estíbaliz Ruiz de Gauna (Esti) because two bodies have been found that resemble a series of murders twenty years ago. Since the alleged murderer (Tasio) is about to be released, he cannot have carried out this murder. Who else was it? Unai is jailed via Twitter to speak to Tasio. Unai doesn't trust Tasio and is more concerned about who contacts him via Twitter. The next murder happens while he follows this trail.
The story jumps back and forth between today and the birth of Tasio and his twin brother. First you wonder what that is about. But it is important for the enlightenment and therefore I do not want to reveal too much.
Unai, Esti, Alba (his boss and mistress) are on the hunt for the killer. When Tasio takes his prison leave and never returns, Unai knows that the murderer must have caught him. It is a race against time, when they suddenly find that the killer is one of their acquaintances. Unai has the support of his grandfather, who is by his side with old myths.
From the very first moment, this story is gripping and captivating. I will definitely read the other books.
>198 SirThomas: Thomas, I wouldn't even think of trying this out. That would offend my cheese pride. I also wish you a great weekend, too.
Happy Friday, Barb. Sorry, the weather has limited your time on the slopes. I am sure you are still having a lovely time. Do you return home this weekend?
>200 Ameise1: Do you know if that series has been published in English, Barbara? It sounds like one I would enjoy.
Have a wonderful weekend!
>205 alcottacre: Unfortunately it isn't translated in English yet. Wishing you a fabulous weekend, too.
Village of Stone
A great emotional story. Coral (Little Dog) and Red live in Beijing. One day Coral receives a large package from Village of Stone with an eel in it. While Coral reminds her of childhood memories that she has banished deeply, Red tries to get a Fresbe tournament on its feet.
Coral's memories are very touching. She is raised by her grandparents, who have not spoken to each other for decades. Coral's mother died at birth and her birth father disappeared before birth. Coral grows up in poverty. She likes to stroll through the village, being chased by the mute and raped at seven. She is so ashamed that she doesn't tell anyone.
The grandfather dies first and her grandmother blooms. When her grandmother dies, she doesn't stay much longer in the village.
This story is very touching, I highly recommend it.
Sorry to read that the stormy weather has affected you too Barbara. Lots of rain and wind here.
I am amazed at the curry cheese!
Hi Barbara. It looks like you had/having a good trip to Davos.
>194 Ameise1: - Oh, I love cheese.... That store would be heaven for me.
>212 charl08: Charlotte, the first week was really terrible in terms of weather. We have been skiing every day since Saturday. It always has clouds and from the early afternoon the light becomes diffuse. The snow is sultry, like in spring. This winter was definitely too warm.
>213 paulstalder: Thank you very much for the crocus greeting, Paul. I'm curious to see which spring flowers will bloom when we come home from our ski vacation.
>214 lkernagh: Lori, we will stay in Davos until next Saturday.
Ha, I love cheese too, especially ripe cheese and all kinds of varieties from France and Switzerland, but definitely never curry cheese. *shudder*
book 13 ♫ Read in German
I've Got You Under My Skin
Great introduction to a new series for me (Under Suspicion). Five years after her husband's murder, Lorie Moran makes a reality film about an unsolved case. Four women, now in their early forties, return to the scene where the landlady had been murdered twenty years earlier. At that time a prom was given for the four women. Today the women report what happened back then because the Damascus sword that it was one of them always hangs over them. Over time, you also realize that everyone had a reason to kill the mistress.
But this is only part of the story. When Lori's husband was murdered, her little son was present. The killer promised that he would kill his mother first and then him. Lori's father, a former police commissioner, tries to protect Lori and her son. But the noose is getting tighter.
Written very exciting. I highly recommend it.
This is the last book in the Eastern Bloc series that tells the story of an Eastern Bloc country during the Cold War. On the one hand, this book was a summary of everything that had happened and clearing up the old corrupt guard. It shows who still believes in communism, but which is actually more like totalitism and who has recognized the true meaning of socialism, but is slowed down by the corrupt elite. It is very exciting to read, like the other books. Olen Steinhauer has managed to write a fictional story, which is very accurate in its main features. I can highly recommend this series to anyone interested in the history of Eastern Europe during the Cold War.
Happy Friday, Barb. Sorry your holiday is wrapping up. I didn't like The Secret place but I hope it works better for you.
Hi Barbara! I'm glad you're finally getting some skiing in, sorry your holiday ends on Saturday.
book 15 Read in German
The Cruellest Month
The third volume of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series was also wonderful to read. A participant dies during a seance. On the one hand you find out that she has a deadly substance in the body and on the other hand her facial expression shows that she was scared to death.
It is not easy for Gamache and his team to get to the bottom of it. Too many protagonists have a reason to put the dead out of the way. Which motif is strongest?
In addition, there is intrigue against Gamache and this from within his own ranks. Who else can he trust? Does he bring his opponent down?
It was an exciting read right from the start and the people from Three Pine really got to my heart.
I found your thread, Barbara. I'm glad to see that your reading year is going well so far. Glad that you enjoyed your holiday to Davos. I wish you a good week ahead.
Hi, Barbara! I hope you're having a good week.
>223 Ameise1: I need to get to that one, as I accidentally skipped over it and read book four.
Just stopping by, Barbara, to wish you well now that you are out of the clouds of Davos already. x
>225 vancouverdeb: Nice to see you here, Deb. So far I have a fantastic reading year.
>226 mstrust: Jennifer, I'm world champion in series reading and disregarding the correct order. Sometimes I start reading the books in the right order, but only sometimes. ;-)
>227 richardderus: Thanks so much, Rdear. I have prepared a lot for school this week as I won't be back to work until next Monday.
>228 PaulCranswick: Thank you very much, Paul. Yes, we had a relaxing time in Davos.
>229 alcottacre: Stasia, I hope you will like this book as much as I did. It is a very touching story and one that I can highly recommend.
book 16 Read in German
Death du Jour
This is the second volume of the Temperance Brennan series. Brennan is called to a monastery to find the remains of a 19th-century nun who is about to be canonized. It turns out that this woman had interesting ancestors.
In the laboratory, she can't take care of the bones straight away because seven bodies were found on a farm. These corpses worry her because their deaths were very violent. When doing research, she finds that students behave 'weird'. Back in Carolina, she meets a sect. She soon realizes that these have something to do with the dead in Montreal. It is a race against time and she herself is also in danger.
book 17 ♫ Read in German
The Secret Place
I'm actually a big fan of the Dublin Murder Squad, but this time I wasn't really warm with the story.
The story switches between then and now. A boy was murdered. At the girls' boarding school, a note suddenly appears' I know who did it '. The investigators are dealing with eight pubescent girls. Not easy, because there is a big cat fight among the young women. On the one hand there is a group of four who want to protect each other and on the other hand there is a group of four with a boss and three who only say what their boss wants. Investigators try bad cops good cops and so get the girls out of their secrets.
The corona virus has now reached Switzerland. No wonder, since much has been cordoned off in northern Italy for more than a week. Therefore, our government has now decided that all events with more than 1000 people must be canceled. This applies especially to all carnival processions. I find that a shame for Basel. The ice hockey games will take place without spectators and the soccer matches of the two highest leagues are currently postponed. The Engadiner Marathon has been canceled and various exhibitions (e.g. Geneva Motor Show, watch fair, etc.). There are hourly updates at the moment and we will see where this goes.
My school authorities emailed me a parent information today, which I have to hand over to the children on Monday.
My husband has been ill in bed since today. But the symptoms are more of a gastrointestinal flu. Since he has been working at his school again since Monday, I just hope that he has not picked up the corona pathogen.
>235 Ameise1: Sorry to hear this. In the U.S., we're in the "what if" planning stages, but things like face masks are now unavailable for protection. I know the medical community says that only those infected and medical professionals need the masks, but most people think otherwise.
>236 thornton37814: You don't need to wear a mask. Here you can't buy them anymore but that doesn't matter. It's needless to wea it. People who are infected and their next ones have to stay at home.
>237 Ameise1: I know one isn't really needed, and if you get one, you need the respiratory kind rather than the ones widely available. Just saying that most people feel safer wearing one even though they've been told most are ineffective.
I'm sorry your husband isn't feeling well, Barbara. Here's hoping it's just a gastro thing and that he'll be right as rain soon.
Happy Saturday, Barb. I hope your husband is feeling better. At least he has the weekend to recover. Keep us updated.
>239 alcottacre: >240 scaifea: >241 msf59: Thanks so much, Stasia, Amber and Mark. It definitely looks like a gastro thing. He already felt better yesterday and today he is his old self.
Tomorrow, after three weeks of vacation, my day at school starts again. I have already received the first deregistration from a student because he has bronchitis. I am excited to see how everyday school life will be, as there are some restrictions with the corona virus. I hope that we can easily get through this time without major incidents.
>235 Ameise1: That is concerning, Barbara. I don't quite understand why Italy has been so badly affected by the pandemic so far.
>242 Ameise1: Relief! It is a strange feeling when you are actually relieved that someone has flu!
Schools are obvious places where the pandemic will spread if not watched carefully. At work here in Malaysia all staff have their temperature checked before being allowed past reception. I must admit that I find the statistics fascinating and also how close in body temperature we all are. What I also noticed was that statistically the Malays are about 0.3 degrees warmer than Koreans, caucasians and ethnic chinese and Indians. Cannot think why but the stats for the near 500 staff on site here at PNB118 make a compelling case.
Hi Barbara, thank you again so much for posting an update on my thread last year. I hope you're okay and Thomas has fully recovered.
Hope the school days are going ok. I do hope the concerns about the virus prove unfounded.
>243 PaulCranswick: Paul, all schools and universities across Italy are now closed until the middle of March. As of now (3.30pm) in Switzerland all schools and universities are open, with a few very few exceptions. There have been confirmed cases and therefore everyone must remain in quarantine.
>244 Deern: Dear Nathalie, that was a pleasure to do. Thomas is doing much better again.
>245 charl08: >246 richardderus: Charlotte and Rdear, we have some children who are sick at home but probably have normal flu. The parents of our school children were informed in writing of when they have to leave their child at home, that they have to call a doctor and that they are only allowed to send their child back when it is completely healthy.
Now we hope that everyone will abide by the rules. It is currently a daily guesswork about who is present at school or not and which measures the national authorities decide to take. So we stay very flexible. ;-)
book 18 Read in German
Auntie Poldi and the Fruits of The Lord
The second volume of the Auntie Poldi series was also an amusing read. It is definitely the case that the story lives with Poldi's Bavarian slang, which can hardly be translated into another language without losing its wit.
Poldi goes astray and gets involved with a winemaker. After she wakes up the next morning with a hangover, she finds the body of a fortune teller that she had spoken the evening before. Why did this woman have to die? Poldi begins to investigate in her unorthodox way and is always in great danger. Since her relationship with Commissioner Vito Montana is rather on hold, she cannot always count on his help. Poldi soon realizes that the rights of large water resources are at stake. Exposing the wrongdoer is rather difficult.
book 19 Read in German
This is a sensitive, impressive reading. It is the story of two women who have had similar experiences. While the young student is dead, the journalist survived the rape and explores the reasons why the student had to die.
The chapters alternate. One is told from the perspective of Becca, the student. This story starts in the last college year. The reader gets to know Becca and her friends. The other chapters are from the perspective of journalist Kelsey Castle, who is slowly trying to solve the murder. However, this is rather difficult because the family of the dead has obtained a closure of the files.
This book is very excitingly written. Whenever I felt I knew the killer, that assumption vanished.
I'm glad to hear that Thomas 'only' had a gastrointestinal virus, not corona virus. We have one isolated case of COVID-19 in my county in my state, which is very disturbing. His wife is quarantined in the same house with him. North Carolina's governor issued a state of emergency proclamation, and we're considering cancelling the book sale we've got scheduled for April 2-4.
I hope you and yours stay safe.
Hi Barbara! I'm guessing you are busy with school work. Hope all is well with you and yours.
>251 karenmarie: Thank you very much, Karen. I'm also glad that at the moment Thomas does not have the CoVid-19.
>252 EllaTim: Ella, the school and teaching changed completely overnight.
On Friday evening it was a done deal: all schools, universities etc. in Switzerland are closed.
The school care president of my school sent us a letter to the parents and asked us to email it to the class parents on Saturday and to contact them personally by phone. Our school will remain closed until April 10th. Tomorrow we will meet teachers at 8 a.m. We will do a briefing and then the class teams will put together learning dossiers for the students. This will be a challenge for my colleague and me, since we have 1st graders and they a) are only at the beginning of reading and b) not very far in arithmetic. A lot is learned in action, with many different objects and methods, which the children will not necessarily find at home. My colleague and I have already thought about what the learning files could look like so that the children also have a sense of achievement.They will read a lot and write a diary. I really look forward to seeing them later. I still don't know what functions we teachers have while the school is closed.
I received an email from my library that it would also remain closed until April 5th. Our library is a great meeting point for everyone and the risk of infection there is huge. Fortunately, I can borrow books digitally, there are a lot of books on my Kindle and real books are piled up all over the house. So I don't have to worry about my reading material running out.
Oh dear, I read schools were to be closed, but never thought about how to arrange home learning for first graders - this really is a big challenge! Best of luck, and let’s all hope that this won’t last too long.
>253 Ameise1: That is a challenge, Barbara, I hope you and your collegue find ways to keep the first graders going.
hej Barbara, I am enjoying an empty library, tomorrow we should open for students only to bring and fetch books, the reading rooms should be closed and people are not to stay here to read ...
I am more worried about my job in the Caritas shopo, since we sell food there, it can't be closed so easily, but the customers are not exactly distance keeping, hygiene orientated. There are no separation screen or such on the cash out counter
Hi Barbara my dear, i hope you and Thomas and the girls are all OK as we are. It seems that all of Europe is caught up with the Covid-19 virus and everything it entails. We decided at the weekend to try and stay in as much as possible to make sure Karen is well for work.
Karen has been taking the last of her holiday entitlement and is not back at work until Friday, we went out last Thursday to see Amy and Andy in Selby and then on Friday we went to York as we wanted to visit the National Railway Museum to see the original Rocket locomotive. We had a good weekend and to day popped out to get some milk and one or two other bits so that should we have to isolate because one or both of us gets the virus we have enough supplies to see us through for at least a month.
We will both get some decent reading done and hopefully i will be able to up my book numbers even though i am on the Chunksters again.
I hope it is a good start to the week for you all and send love and hugs to you all from both of us dear friend.
Sorry about your school closure! I hope you and your students stay safe and are happily reunited.
An Englishman in Madrid
This was an interesting read. Anthony Whitelands, a gentleman and art historian (specializing in Velázquez) travels to Madrid in 1936. Actually, he is supposed to assess a picture that is with an aristocratic family, but he gets caught in the turmoil of the Spanish Civil War. He is spied on by the Spanish police and also monitored by the English embassy. He is used by various political groups, although he is politically neutral and is not interested in it at all. He gets involved in love affairs, which must not be. Like the cat, he must have seven lives because there are always dead people around him, only he is spared.
>254 Deern: >255 FAMeulstee: >256 karenmarie: >259 mstrust: Thanks so much, Nathalie, Anita, Karen, and Jennifer. My colleague and I spent the days at school on Monday and Tuesday. We had to put together learning material and tasks for our students for a whole week. It was a challenge, but I don't think we did it badly. On Tuesday from 2 p.m. my students came into the room individually. They received the document, handicraft material, tools and library books.
Since yesterday I have so-called telephone service at home, which means that if there are questions about the tasks, the parents and students can reach me in the morning. During this time I am already preparing the learning materials for the coming week.
Fortunately, I live in a house and can read in the garden in the afternoon. I won't leave the house until next Monday or Tuesday when my teammate and I meet again to copy and prepare our prepared materials so that the children can pick them up again.
>257 paulstalder: Heja Paul, yes the rhythm of life is very slow. You certainly have to get used to it. I am mostly at home. Thomas visits his mother every day. She lives about 5 minutes by bike from us. Before that, there were many phone calls about what he should buy her. She lives in an apartment with a large garden. There they sit chatting far apart.
I hope that you have already got used to the slow life a little. Stay healthy.
>258 johnsimpson: Hello John, yes, we have a lot to learn in the near future. Fortunately, there are social media so that you are not completely lonely. I am so sorry to know that Karen is at risk of infection at work. I have the greatest respect for all the people who maintain our everyday life, be it in the grocery stores, in the healthcare system etc. All of these people would need a mandatory wage increase once the whole thing is over.
Yes, you are right, the mountains of books at home can now be read. :-)
I think hard of you and Karen. Stay healthy. xx
Nevertheless She Persisted: Flash Fiction Project
Each story starts with:
She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.
Eleven wonderful short stories that made me think and smile.
The library of the u of basel only closed monday after pressure from the government. So tomorrow i should stay home and i try to do dome work for them. In the caritas shop we introduced a barrier in order to let onky 10 people in the shop. I had to get my own desinfecant... and my mother is in hospital again and because of her coughing she is nod isolated anf coroba tested. I ll know more tomorrow.
Good luck with the teaching plan, Barbara. We also have to adjust, but since I teach adults, it is easier to create online material. I will be interested to see what kind of plan the teacher has for my granddaughter, who is in kindergarten.
Teachers here are having the same issues, Barbara! But especially a challenge for the youngest learners.
Stay safe, Barbara. xx
It is difficult to think that, even in these advanced times, teachers can work from home without their pupils!
Barbara--Just popping in to check up on you; glad you are well! Good luck with the weekly lessons and phone check-ins. Stay safe in your house and wishing you happy reading.
Stopping by to say hi, Barbara. My DIL teaches kindergarten, but of course schools are closed down right now. I am not sure for how long. I am not sure that one can teach kindergarten from home, but I guess we will see. I have good friend who teaches mainly high school English, and I'm not sure how that is going to work for her. I believe she will be teaching from home.
Sweet Thursday, Barb. Just checking in. I hope you and the family are doing well. Are you adapting to the work adjustments?
Thinking about you and your family, Barbara, and I hope the teaching situation is going smoothly.
>264 paulstalder: >265 BLBera: >266 ronincats: >267 PaulCranswick: >268 Berly: >269 vancouverdeb: >270 msf59: >271 karenmarie: >272 figsfromthistle:
Dear everyone, thank you for stopping by, even if I was at school Monday and Tuesday last week and this week to prepare the learning dossiers that were sent by post, it was rather ten hectic days.
It is very difficult for 1st graders to prepare tasks in such a way that they can also solve them independently at home. We deliberately do not do any online exercises because the various platforms are hopelessly overloaded and logging in is almost impossible. Then we also had to find a good way of keeping in touch with parents and children in a simple way. We now set up a whatsapp group for each child (with both parents and all relevant teachers). In the meantime I can also write and read whatsapp on the computer, which makes answering a hundred times easier. Every day we receive from the children what they have solved, but also videos of what else they do (cooking, gardening, handicrafts, playing etc.). Of course they get then an answer from us. Once a week we make a phone call with each one. Parents and children can reach us by phone every day from 9 am to 12 noon if questions arise or they have other concerns.
In private it looked like that I was at home (except Mondays and Tuesdays). Thomas does the shopping. Our younger daughter got sick with all the symptoms of Covid19 last week. She was in contact with her doctor several times a day because she is a strong asthma sufferer. She had to give him not only her condition, but also the lung values. My daughter and her partner lived in isolation and were provided with food by the Winterthur soccer club. She is feeling better today. She only has a slight cough, the lung volume has stabilized and the fever is gone. It was not tested. Here in Switzerland we only test who enters the hospital. As long as you get telephone support from the doctor, you will not be tested.
Actually, I would have to review two more books, but I think I will now retire and read a little.
Take care and stay healthy.
>273 Ameise1: My word, Barbara, thank heavens your daughter seems to be ok.
The stats coming out of Switzerland are, to me, just as scary as Italy.
According to the worldometer.info site I keep updated on, Switzerland has had 1,337 cases per 1 million of population which is the highest of all reporting states. Italy has 1,230 cases per 1 million of population.
At least the mortality rate per reported case is much lower which is probably a mark of demographics as well as medical facilities.
If only cases being tested are those already hospitalised, what would the real number in Switzerland be?!
Stay safe. xx
>273 Ameise1: Sending more good wishes for your daughter's continued recovery, Barbara. Your teaching plan sounds very sensible, but must have taken an awful lot of thought and care: hope that you get some down time too to read or just relax!
>273 Ameise1: You had a lot of work, Barbara, setting up the learning dossiers and the WhatsApp groups!
Sorry your daughter got Covid-19, glad she is on the mend. The testing over here is the same.
What a relief that your daughter is doing better! Best wishes to you and your family.
Sounds like you got a very difficult teaching situation worked out, Barbara. I know it took a LOT of hard work. And I'm so glad your daughter is doing better.
>262 Ameise1: I have that collection and read the first story, which was pleasant, but got sidetracked...I should go back to it, it's quite short. Thanks for the reminder.
>273 Ameise1: I am SO GLAD you live in a place that can give phone support from a doctor. Here, your daughter would need to be hospitalized and, if she didn't have the virus before that, she certainly would have while there.
Winterthur for the win!
Stay safe and healthy.
I'm so very glad to hear that your daughter is on the mend and that you've been able to sort out what you need to deliver your classes online.
I hope your classes will go smoothly. One of my friends whose children have been home since school closed at first relished being home and not going to school, but after a week they missed their friends and even the classroom lessons. But they say the kids are adapting to online lessons very quickly and some semblance of routine has been established again.
Enjoy a lovely weekend and keep safe.
So scary about your daughter and I'm also glad to hear she's on the mend.
So much to adapt to as a teacher of such young ones. It sounds like a very intensive effort by you, the children, and the parents.
>274 PaulCranswick: Thank you very much, Paul. It will be weeks before we get back to normal. Our government is really doing a good job with all the regulations and the very serious daily information. People here are sticking to the rules, but it's too early to make a definitive forecast of whether the curve will flatten. I am very happy that we have a good health system. We are currently accepting patients from France and Italy. Yesterday at noon 280 residents from Switzerland were intubated and since we still have capacity, we can accept patients from neighbouring countries.
>275 charl08: >276 alcottacre: >277 FAMeulstee: >278 mstrust: >279 ronincats: >280 richardderus: >281 cameling: >282 karenmarie:
Thank you very much, dear ones. Marina is doing much better and is already able to study for her law degree again (of course in home office, since the universities are closed).
Since there are far too few test sets, only those that enter the hospital or see the doctor for a reason other than Covid19 are actually tested. The number of those who are not given but stay at home (with or without symptoms) are certainly many times larger. Here it is assumed that if you do not belong to a risk group, the course of the disease is not serious. If you have symptoms, you have to contact your family doctor by phone. The support from these doctors is great here. If a situation worsened to such an extent that you could no longer stay at home, you would be picked up and taken to the hospital. Nobody has to organize themselves to get to the hospital.
Neighbourhood help is just great too. The younger ones do the shopping for the older and sick. We have perfect platforms for neighbourhood help here in Zürich. If someone cannot be looked after and cared for by a direct neighbour, someone from this platform takes over.
Distance learning for the little ones always poses a big challenge for me and my colleague. The younger children work with material that we teachers send to them by post. Online learning is only for the older children, because these platforms are hopelessly overloaded, we have to keep the younger children away.
Barbara, it is just now that I am reading your thread and finding out that your daughter is recovering from Covid 19. What a scary thing! I'm so glad she is one the mend, and I hope that her partner stays healthy. What a wonderful health system you have, such that you are able to accept patients from other countries. That is amazing. My understanding is that here in Canada, we also only test those for the covid virus if they need to be hospitalized. Here, you can use telehealth, or call a number dedicated to the Covid Virus for help. Each province in Canada also has a phone number where you can speak to a registered nurse at any hour of the day about any health problem and they will direct you from there. That has been the case for many years - the ability to phone an RN around the clock for advice.
Best wishes to you design your distance learning.
>284 vancouverdeb: Thank you so much, Deborah. I think there are a few countries on the world that are well organized and others that are hopelessly overwhelmed with their system and this pandemic. I am extremely sorry for the people in those countries.
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