A Moving Experience

01_02_BariswilES had lived there since 1989. Screamy The Cat, bless her ever food-begging soul, since 1996. DHH arrived first time in 2007, and also felt like he had been at Neumatt 1 in Bäriswil half a lifetime.

In January 2016 it was time to go. Screamy, bless her ever food-begging soul, had actually gone already in November. The Vet came by and let her do so in piece. A good bit sad, but her legs and her teeth were failing and her fur was coming off. She had, however, had a good 19 and a half years.

01_05_44697 BariswilThe weirdest thing was that the morning after her passing, the house was invaded by the first mouse who had set foot in there for two decades. Maybe it was Screamy’s ghost coming back to haunt us! The invader was smart enough to avoid our hastily installed mousetraps for three days running. Cubes of Emmentaler on the flap of the trap were picked off and eaten with ease. It was however outsmarted when we switched to peanut butter that needed to be licked off. That was the end of the house mouse, or the house ghost, whatever it was.

We however, ES and DHH, very much hope we will have a few more good years to come. After 40 years spent at various offices we decided that we wanted to spend the next few years with no ties to nowhere. In practical terms that means not only taking out our retirement pay, but also selling the house, packing our possessions in boxes, cramming our past into a 4 by 7 meter storage room and starting a life on the road.

Neumatt 1 is a beautiful Swiss farmhouse from 1650 or thereabouts. It is a once in a lifetime living experience that offers tons of space, planks and panels that were colored with age long before the French Revolution. It offers quirking noises from a huge attic and numerous places where you can bang your head into beams and doorframes that were never designed for tall Northerners of six feet plus.

You feel a bit empty inside when you take apart a home like that, but in the space of more than 350 years we will not have been the first ones to come and go. We sold it to people who will value it the same way we have done. Our house will have a good home also in the future, and so will Screamy’s ghost. We just hope for the sake of the new owners that her spirit will not materialise in the same shape too often!

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Goodbye to all our stuff. See all you boxes in 2021.

2 thoughts on “A Moving Experience

  1. Good morning Trondheim I will write in german language, because it`s easyer for me. Zunächst besten Dank für eure News. Ja, ich denke jedesmal an euch, wenn ich am schrägen Strassenlampenmast vorbeifahre! Hoffe der bleibt noch eine zeitlang so.
    Wie ihr vielleicht auch erfahren habt, gibt es in der Schweiz immer noch keinen Winter. So blöd, für mich. Übermorgen sollte ich eine Schneeschuhtour für Pro Senectute leiten. Aber wo?? Dennoch hat es Heidi zustande gebracht einen Skiunfall zu verursachen. Das ging so: Sie wollte nach dem Aussteigen aus der Bergbahn mit den Ski in den Händen ein Drehkreuz passieren. Aus irgend einem Grund kam sie zu Sturz, konnte sich mit den Armen/Händen nicht auffangen und brach sich dabei den Schenkelhals. Nun geht sie an Krücken und beaufsichtigt meine Hausrabeiten:))
    Wir wünschen gute Reise in den Osten und freuen uns von euch zu lesen.

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    1. Zuerst mal die besten Wünsche für Heidi. Ich glaube, ein solcher Bruch ist sehr schmerzhaft und braucht lange für die Heilung. Also, geduldig bleiben.
      Und die Lampe geht ganz sicher nicht auf das Konto von Schwendimann, die das Haus geräumt haben. Auch unsere Transportfirma scheint unschuldig. Keinerlei Kratzer oder Beule am Pfosten. Ich denke, der Pfosten wollte uns zum Abschied winken …
      Bis jetzt war unsere Reise in gewohnten Bahnen, kein neues Terrain. Aber das ändert in wenigen Tagen. Wir geniessen noch die stillen langsamen Tage bei wenig Schnee. Wir bleiben übrigens meistens drinnen, unter dem bisschen Schnee sind eisglatte Flächen. Da kann man sich leicht etwas brechen. Wir sind vorsichtig.
      ES

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