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I suggest you do a bit of searching for some reliable source to enable you to include a couple of facts in your text. I haven't been following this thread closely, but by the look of the bits I did read, I think EFers are doing a great job in the 'lots of fiction' and 'embellishing' line.
Oh Longbyt... to be fair, it hasn't exactly been subtle.
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I suggest you do a bit of searching for some reliable source to enable you to include a couple of facts in your text. I haven't been following this thread closely, but by the look of the bits I did read, I think EFers are doing a great job in the 'lots of fiction' and 'embellishing' line.
Yes, it's a veritable Vreneli's Gärtli of conjecture, hypothesis, and ambroidery.
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Re: Story of my grandmother, Eugenia

Thanks. It's worth it to me to read all threads looking for the little sparks of interest. I verify before accepting and I have a final Swiss consultant for the project. I've used very unusual sources to find the biggest beetle farm on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpar, the history of importation of mink firs to Korea, where the wood for one of Willie's guitars came from, American carnation growers outside Bogota, Colombia..., If you're patient and ask questions, there are all sorts of "secrets".
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How old are you?
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Another great thing I found out from ex-pats when I was in Bangkok was where the jewelry was made. I visited one of the workshops and got several pieces with rubies set in 24k gold as well as a piece of my own design (pendant of red and blue flowers on stems with green leaves, inside a circle of gold) done with diamonds, sapphires, emeralds and, of course, rubies. Workshops, no display cases, no salespeople, just artisans. I am expecting gems from you lot too, though not of the same sort.

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You're TiMow, Blueangel or Economisto. Possibly even Marton...lol. I am joking of course.

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Tell me about flowers and the fone wind. Tell me about shadows.
I'm sure all your questions will be answered, OP....there's no such thing as unanswered questions here.

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So the goatherd is Willie from Wil? Love it.

Re: Leukerbad and the Gemmipass, I was hiking there two weekends ago. We did not use horses, however, we used the cablecar and our feet. Leukerbad is in the Valais, so there's one thing sorted for you. Although it is on the wrong side of the Roestigraben so you will have to call it Wallis in your book.

There are indeed apricots in that area, moreso down in Leuk than way up in Leukerbad, but whatever.
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Re: Story of my grandmother, Eugenia

As for the herbs and tea, there is a swiss herb company in Därstetten (Canton Bern near Zweissimmen) that I am very familar with. Not sure where they source all the herbs but they have a large selection of herbal teas, spices, etc... Could be something to consider for that item. I am familar with the area if you have any further questions.

As for gardening and microclimates, yes it varies considerably, mostly due to elevation and sun exposure/lack thereof due to mtns. in my experience. What are the areas you want to know about? For example, down in the valley near the big lake in VD I grow tomatoes and fruit trees do really well. Up in the rural area near the mts (1,000 m elevation) there are very few fruit trees and neighbors grow more cole crops and root vegetables (never seen a tomatoe plant there). Flower gardens are more rocaille there. Although most houses everywhere seem to be adorned with flower boxes filled with geraniums.

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Thank you! If you were to picture the Gemmi Pass before the cable car, before the reinforced path, which would be the most dangerous condition in which to ride horseback over it--snow, rain, fog? As the terrain changes, do different areas have specific names? As far as difficulty, is it harder near Leukerbad, near Kandersteg or in the middle, before or after the haunted waystation? Thank you so much!
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TheSpouse, in hiking places like Glacier Park, Alaska, or the Deschutes National Forest, Oregon, there is a visitors' station at the starting point. Usually there are dioramas with maps and brochures available and rangers or docents to tell you all about it. I would very much like to be in touch with this kind of station, if one exists for Gemmi Pass. So far my only sources, besides you, are the usual travelogues.
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Hiking in Switzerland is very different from hiking in America. Everywhere in the whole country is a trailhead and you can start off from anywhere. It is up to the individual to have the proper equipment and the proper topographical maps. There is no docent or guide or any kind of authority at the onset of your hike to inform you of anything.

I guess you could call the tourist office in Leukerbad if you wanted to speak to an actual person.
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Thank you! Yes, here, even on the Appalachian Trail we have maps and way stations. In the book Slow Train to Switzerland, Bewes talks about the dangers of "the trail" across the Gemmi Pass in 1863, so I had pictured a well-worn, sometimes crumbling walkway.
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In the book Slow Train to Switzerland, Bewes talks about the dangers of "the trail" across the Gemmi Pass in 1863, so I had pictured a well-worn, sometimes crumbling walkway.
The biggest danger on the Gemmi Pass was the "arschbeisser" - an enormous tick which lived primarily on the local goats, but which wouldn't turn its nose up at a juicy human if it got the opportunity.

Measuring up to 12 cm across, the arschbeisser got its name from its habit of crawling up a gentleman's pantaloons and making itself comfortable in the folded part between his buttock and thigh, where it fed upon his blood - sometimes becoming so engorged that it was mistaken for a third buttock!

In fact even to this day, with the arschbeisser a distant memory, the residents of that part of Switzerland are known colloquially as "Three Buttockers".

So I'm sure you can understand why so many people gave the pass a wide berth!

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Runningdeer- Thank you. Very helpful. I've emailed a couple of herbal tea stores in that area to ask them to imagine the most likely place a little girl, 120 years ago, would have become knowledgeable by wandering meadows, planting flower boxes and learning from locals. (Thun, Spiez, Interloken?) Regarding microclimates, since I don't have facts of where they owned inns, I can choose locations and make the story more interesting by highlighting the differences in plants, lakes, terrain... Definitely one in Wallis for the fruit and apricots. Definitely one in Leukerbad since the Gemmi Pass is in the story. And one in Wil where she met my grandfather. One where she learned about herbs. Do you have any suggestions?

Dougal's Breakfast- In Texas it's the tarantula hawk. If you're bitten, medical advice is to lay down and scream for five minutes. No joke. (Do you write science fiction for a living?)

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