Thursday 22 September 2016

Yodelling? Fondue? More training for Switzerland

You know it's all very well Gail taking me for walks in the hills and calling it "training for the Alps". (In in truth, it's been jolly good fun).

But I fear she has been neglecting other aspects of Swiss life for which I need some practice too.

I did myself take the initiative last night and attempt to bend my vocal chords to a yodelling sound. For some reason Gail did not approve at all and instructed me to be quiet. But never mind, I am thinking there will be plenty of opportunity to rehearse on the long train journey across Holland and Germany, right...?

In one of our kitchen cupboards, gathering dust from the 1970's, I found something I believe is called a 'fondue set'. You can buy Gruyere and Emmental in the shops here in the UK, and I am still hoping to persuade Gail to get going with the methylated spirits and let me sample this delectable sounding traditional Swiss speciality before we depart. After all, I'm thinking that the art of consuming melted cheese without getting one's beard all gunked up might take some mastering.

But Gail seems reluctant, reminding me that my first ever encounter with a Swiss-made object, the 'water soluble pencil set' pictured below, had, quite literally, an unfortunate outcome (as described in 'The Blue Poo Incident')...


  1. Melted cheeze sounds good to me - even wif da beard mess.

  2. ooooh fondue... we love it!!! the mama plans to make a switzerland menu, but she has to bug my dad furst for such a swiss army blanket (buy one when you are there, they make fab picnic blankets):o)

  3. Oh I finks fondue training sounds pawfect...i luffs cheese!
    What an amazing adventure you are going on Bertie
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  4. No, no cheese! What about the booze? Aren't Swiss dogs famous for caring the booze to aid the wairy walkers ? This you could do quote easily...

  5. Hari OM
    Oh yes Bertie lad, keep working on Gail for that fondue!!! Meanwhile, look at all that fine weather you've had for practicing the mountains!!! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  6. Did you know that the Swiss use to have a cheese cartel and they controlled all the cheese production. To get people to use more cheese they made fondu popular. Lady just learned this and is excited to share her knowledge.

  7. Bow wow, I could go for some cheese!

  8. We probably have a dusty cheese melting pot too
    Lily & Edward

  9. We approve of yodeling (arrroooing) and a lot of it goes on in our house.

    Last week when Mom was visiting Carrleigh she had a green poo accident after eating all of the greenies that were a gift to everyone!! Mom can attest that it was no fun to clean up!! Hopefully the cheese will be better.

    Piper, Celti, Bonnie and Ivy

  10. Bertie OH MY WORD we had not read the Blue Poo story. poo. What is up with Gail's scientific mind...We are amazed she did not take it home to dissect. I think the findings would have made for a very interesting journal article. Blue Poo I love the ring and it could truly be the title of a Dr. Seuss book. MOLMOL

    Mom says to tell Gail she just recently got rid of her red fondue pot, sticks and plates. The set was a wedding gift in 1970. The plates had dividers in it and were quite nice but she had no use for them. They did use the fondue pot several times. Then when my sis was born having fire at the table was considered not a good idea. MOLMOL
    Hugs madi your bfff

  11. Gail should encourage you to yodel! What if yous get lost, then she would want you to yodel long and loud!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  12. That looks like a great little hike! Great post. Keep the pictures coming.

  13. Anything to do with eating cheese is worth doing! Also, keep practicing your yodels. Aroo!!

  14. mmmmmmmm cheese - it is worth an upset tummy

  15. We think the train will e the perfect place to practice your yodeling, Bertie, the acoustics should be just right!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  16. We think practising on the train is a good will relieve boredom! And you should pass lots of yodel-worthy things.

  17. Bertie - Hasven't seen any mention of fondue. Time to put your feet down !