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Happy New Year!

The beginning of a year is a good time to look back. I thought I might do a look back to other new year days this morning, and now that I saw Corinne doing hers, I was reminded again. So, here it is!

In 2006, I was experimenting with light and movement. The movement is courtesy of a VBZ tram.
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In 2007, I took a picture of a snowy tree. I think we didn’t do much on that day.
First snow in 2007

In 2008, we did a walk. It was icey, but there was no snow.
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In 2009 I did the same walk as in 2008 and I took a selfie.
Start of the Year

In 2010, we went snowshoeing.
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In 2011, we had breakfast at home.
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In 2012, 2013 I did not take a picture.

But in 2014, I went snowshoeing again.
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And in 2015, we went to the (gloomy) Rheinfall.
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Grey below – Bright above

From middle of November to middle of December, we had a lot of fog. So much, that we hardly ever saw the sun.

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So, one weekend I had enough and I went looking for the sun. A quick check on the webcam showed that hiking up Üetliberg would do the trick. So, that’s what I did.
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Oben blau, unten grau

Of course, we were not the only ones… the trains running up the mountain were full of people looking for a quick sun fix.

More Ireland: Cashel and Cahir

After getting the car in Dublin, we drove to Cahir where we spent the night. Here are some more impressions from that day.

Walking from Rock of Cashel to Hore Abby:
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Hore Abbey
(no pictures from Rock of Cashel… it was obstructed by scaffolding)

In Cahir we went on a walk along river Suir.
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Irish Cows

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(and I still managed to take a picture of a castle on that day)

5th October

Something I do from time to time is to look through my archives on Flickr. To see what I did on this day but a couple of years ago.

Here is a gem from 2007. That must be the first fall with my DSLR, and obviously I spent the day in the mountains, experimenting with macro photography.

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And this one here is from 2009, when I was going through Zürich mainstation twice a day. I think this picture captures what’s going on in the morning at a busy trainstation.

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Limmat Spaziergang

To get the best from the sunny weather, we went on a walk along the river Limmat last Saturday. The air feels distinctly autumny, summer is definitely over. But this means drinking Sauser and baking plum tart. I have not yet indulged in sweet chestnuts, but I’m already looking forward.

And because crappy mobile phones are becoming a trend on this blog (but hey, a crappy camera saves you the artsy filters…), here are some of our walk:

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Running up Septimerpass

On Saturday afternoon, I was bored. The weather didn’t know what it wanted (it rained for 5 minutes, stopped again, rained for another 5 minutes, then it was sunny… and repeat) and I was equally undecided. So, the options were surfing aimlessly on the internet, continuing knitting, … In the end, I decided to go on a run up to Septimerpass. I mean, if Heidi can run 100 miles, I can run these 6.5 km up (and down again).
One of the reasons why I wanted to go up Septimerpass again, was to take pictures. When we were up there before with the mountainbikes, I forgot my camera. And guess what happened this time? I forgot my camera. But at least I had my mobile phone with me, so here you get a couple of crappy mobile phone pics.

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The weather continued to be strange, but at least no rain. First I was alone (except the cows), then I met some hunters and some hikers.

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It took me about an hour to the top, power walking the steep parts, running the rest. And I had a blast. My first aim was to go to the bottom of the last big inclination, and see what the weather would make until then. But it was fine to continue to the top. After taking some pictures at the top, I ran the same way down again.

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So, it was a spontaneous 13 km in 1 hour 35 min. 550 m of difference in elevation.

And today, I feel it in my legs, but in a good way.

Türlersee on a cloudy summer day

Probably nobody around here wants to see any pictures about a cloudy day in summer… we have enough clouds and rain outside every day. But, here are the pictures from a walk around Türlersee, a small lake in the south of canton Zürich. It’s located quite idyllic, the most notable sign of civilization a a camping ground and a swimming place.

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Türlersee

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Cross-Country Skiing

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Last winter, I tried cross-country skiing for the first time ever. So that I could make my first experiences on a flat surface, we drove to Engadin to ski on the frozen lakes there.

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It was fun, but a somewhat scary feeling on the first downhill. And somehow getting ahead is not that efficient if the sticks are not only used for what they are intended, but also for keeping the balance.

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I fell twice, once because I tripped over one of my sticks.

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I felt a bit like a clumsy oaf, because people considerably older than me overtook me easily, elegantly gliding past me.

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We did about 10km, and while I had a lot of fun, I can’t remember the last time I did something that exhausted me that much (also a big plus!). Unfortunately, we never managed to go this winter, but I definitely want to try it again!

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1st July

I looked at my flickr archives, and I found two pictures from previous 1st July:

2006
Einsam
I found this grafitti at the airport, when I did a cycling tour around the area of the airport. I do not know the background behind the grafitti, or whether it is still there (probably not), but it touched me and I took a picture of it.

2009
Sunset
This one was taken during a bbq on a friend’s rooftop terrace in the old town of Zürich. It was a warm evening with a beautiful sunset.

Ireland : Rock of Dunamase

Some time ago (in 2012), we went on holidays to Ireland. On our first day where we had the rental car, we drove from Dublin to Cahir. When checking the Guidebook for sightseeing possibilities on the way there, I found Rock of Dunamase, close to the M7 where we were driving on. It also gave the first opportunity to do some backroad navigation, and of course we took a couple of wrong turns before we reached our destination.
The weather was gloomy that day, but looking at old ruins, weather like that actually works not bad.

Rock of Dunamase

Rock of Dunamase

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View from Rock of Dunamase

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Next to the church our rental is visible, they gave us an Audi A4.

Rock of Dunamase is an example how we stop at old ruins when on holidays abroad, but I have hardly ever visited any local ruins, even though we do have plenty of those in Switzerland.

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