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Old 23.05.2010, 18:40
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Re: First time I've been shouted at [ Lawn Mowing ]

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In SZ the golden rule is: Do as the farmers do.

I observe general quiet times - but whenever the farmer behind me is roarin' up his machinery, I feel free to do likewise with my (quiet little battery) mower.

(I really want a pair of goats, though...)


Living here on the border to Appenzell you have no idea how your last sentence disturbs me..
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Old 25.05.2010, 14:01
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i know that in kanton Bern mowing the lawn between 12 and 12pm is not allowed, this is family time and time for quite!!! go figure....
so i guess the kids have to be kept quiet inside the house as well or is it also against the law if they are having too much fun during that time?

One of my Swiss neighbours used the common washing machine on a bank holiday, which is not allowed.. next time I call the police!
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Old 25.05.2010, 14:12
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Re: First time I've been shouted at [ Lawn Mowing ]

Switzerland you are having a laugh I really can't take a rule about when you should or shouldn't mow your lawn seriously.
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Old 25.05.2010, 14:12
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And I find it unbelievable,I can`t drive 250Km on the freeway
Sure you can. Go along the A1 from Zürich, at the junction with the A2, go North. Then East along the A3, and then back on the A1 westbound. Keep doing this until your trip meter tells you you've gone 250km, then you can stop.

But keep your speed below 120/100/80 km/h as signposted.

In my gemeinde, we cannot mow the lawn between 12:00 and 14:00. But in the gemeinde next door - 5 minutes walk - it's between 12:00 and 13:30. It'll lead to war one day.
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Old 25.05.2010, 14:29
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Switzerland you are having a laugh I really can't take a rule about when you should or shouldn't mow your lawn seriously.
The law's not about lawn mowers, it's about noise. You can do anything you want during the quiet times - you just need to do it quietly.
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Old 25.05.2010, 14:37
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The law's not about lawn mowers, it's about noise. You can do anything you want during the quiet times - you just need to do it quietly.
Exactly. So here is the mower minus petrol... plus a free workout.

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Old 25.05.2010, 14:39
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Exactly. So here is the mower minus petrol... plus a free workout.

That's what I use!
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people have lunch between 12 - 14. It includes the usual nap, so calm is needed......

Because Schwyz is so hectic the rest of the day...
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I was mowing my lawn today with a petrol mower (we have a large garden) at 11am on a Saturday. It takes me about an hour to mow the lawn, but at 11:55am my neighbour opened his window and started shouting (so loud that other people in the street stopped to see what all the fuss was about) and pointing his finger at me. He said that if I continue he will call the police because it is against the law to mow the lawn from midday till 2pm every day.</rant>

Is this true? What are the rules? I live in a detached house in Schwyz. I want to fit in here and observe the local customs, but I find it unbelievable that I can't mow the lawn on a Saturday without being shouted at. Does anyone know what the laws are in Schwyz regarding this terrible indiscretion?
Yes, it's true and I was yelled at by an old lady from next building saying exactly the same thing --- if you don't stop I will call the police!!! Don't Swiss people know how to talk to people in a more polite way??? She could have simply said 'it's not allowed to mow on National Day'!!! Anyway, I was trying to prepare the garden for the Swiss National Day...
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Old 02.08.2011, 03:23
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Re: First time I've been shouted at [ Lawn Mowing ]

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at 11:55am my neighbour opened his window and started shouting
I hope your watch was perfectly correct about that 11:55.

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He said that if I continue he will call the police because it is against the law to mow the lawn from midday till 2pm every day.
Tell him to roll it up and shove it up his arse as loudly as possible and that you will call the police right back at him for shouting at you due to the fact that you can mow your lawn until exactly 12:00. Surely if it is going to be the Swiss way, then it is going to be the Swiss way?

I honestly think sometimes the locals respect us expats more for standing up to them than just folding and thinking "oh my god, I may have offended a Swiss person".

Please note that this is not a criticism of your rant becuase, hell I would most probably be ranting as well, but more rather a request for comment by a Swiss contributor.
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Re: First time I've been shouted at [ Lawn Mowing ]

But the OP was mowing at 11:55. Clearly the neighbour's watch was wrong. Hardly a patriotic Swiss.

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in short, noise between 12.00 and 13.30 is to be avoided. Local rules may say 14.00.
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Old 02.08.2011, 09:34
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Re: First time I've been shouted at [ Lawn Mowing ]

Well, I have now left Switzerland and am back in UK. See the date of the original post. It was a good experience living there, but it's not for me or my family long term. I can now mow my lawn on a Sunday without having the police at my door.
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Old 02.08.2011, 09:52
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Well, I have now left Switzerland and am back in UK. See the date of the original post. It was a good experience living there, but it's not for me or my family long term. I can now mow my lawn on a Sunday without having the police at my door.

Nope, they will be knocking because you let a crisp packet fall out of your overloaded wastebin because the two week collection is delayed by another strike.
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Old 02.08.2011, 09:56
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Nope, they will be knocking because you let a.....
They are always around. Different styles for different folks I guess.

Nanny-stating in the UK where three foot of river is both too dirty and too deep to swim in and needs 5 million signs to tell you so and all about the horrible things that will happen to you if you do.

Here, fines and verbal abuse for inconveniencing your neighbours.

It's not for everybody here.
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Re: First time I've been shouted at [ Lawn Mowing ]

Yeah the UK does have its shortcomings too, very OTT with regards to health and safty. I'm surprised they haven't passed a law that requires everyone to be wrapped in bubble-wrap before venturing out onto the public highway. I will miss my staring competitions with the Swiss locals though. When I first arrived in Switzerland I thought I had dressed inappropriately or I had food all over me because people would unashamedly stare at me. After a while I would simply stare back and wait until they averted their gaze. I was amazed how long this could last sometimes.
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I will miss my staring competitions with the Swiss locals though. When I first arrived in Switzerland I thought I had dressed inappropriately or I had food all over me because people would unashamedly stare at me. After a while I would simply stare back and wait until they averted their gaze. I was amazed how long this could last sometimes.
I like it when they stare at me, I can make myself believe it is because I am wonderful to look at and it gives me that occasionally needed self-esteem boost.
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Old 02.08.2011, 11:02
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I like it when they stare at me, I can make myself believe it is because I am wonderful to look at and it gives me that occasionally needed self-esteem boost.
I get stared at a lot, doesn´t bother me these days, I just think:"puny Humans"
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Yes, it's true and I was yelled at by an old lady from next building saying exactly the same thing --- if you don't stop I will call the police!!! Don't Swiss people know how to talk to people in a more polite way??? She could have simply said 'it's not allowed to mow on National Day'!!! Anyway, I was trying to prepare the garden for the Swiss National Day...
Isn't it a weird idea to start lawn-mowing on 1st August


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I hope your watch was perfectly correct about that 11:55.



Tell him to roll it up and shove it up his arse as loudly as possible and that you will call the police right back at him for shouting at you due to the fact that you can mow your lawn until exactly 12:00. Surely if it is going to be the Swiss way, then it is going to be the Swiss way?

I honestly think sometimes the locals respect us expats more for standing up to them than just folding and thinking "oh my god, I may have offended a Swiss person".

Please note that this is not a criticism of your rant becuase, hell I would most probably be ranting as well, but more rather a request for comment by a Swiss contributor.
The correct reply would have been to tell her "you will experience far more noise later today" ..... I mean, to complain about lawn-mower noise on 1st August does not really make much sense

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Isn't it a weird idea to start lawn-mowing on 1st August


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The correct reply would have been to tell her "you will experience far more noise later today" ..... I mean, to complain about lawn-mower noise on 1st August does not really make much sense
I was inspired by the Quebecois who set the moving date on July 1st
Just kidding, I really wanted to tidy up my yard for the Swiss National Day and I was doing it in the afternoon well within the time limit and in addition, mine is a cordless li-on battery mower.
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Yes, it's true and I was yelled at by an old lady from next building saying exactly the same thing --- if you don't stop I will call the police!!! Don't Swiss people know how to talk to people in a more polite way??? She could have simply said 'it's not allowed to mow on National Day'!!! Anyway, I was trying to prepare the garden for the Swiss National Day...
Public Holiday = Sunday. All Sunday rules apply on Public Holidays. HTH.
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