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Our oachkatzl are too picky to eat mere bird seed. They prefer my long-awaited hazelnuts!


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Re: Feeding birds :)

We had a sweet adolescent squirrel all summer (a ginger). S/he dutifully collected walnuts and other goodies we left. And proceeded to "bury" some them on windowsills and amidst the drainage stones. Hearing the occasional steps on the roof, now I have an urge to check that our gutters are not clogged.
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Re: Feeding birds :)

We used to see these charcoal/cinnamon/ear tuft squirrels (same family as Squirrel Nutkin!) very rarely...they are shy and like the higher Alpine areas. They didn't venture down off the mountains into town. Last year we had one. This year s/he decided my hazelnuts were the best in the region, and welcomed all her/his friends.

Just another strange migration--we seen that mobs of crows that used to be far up in the forests have moved downward. Our (native) neighbours report they've never seen them at altitudes this low. They are driving us crazy cracking walnuts on our roof. It sounds like war up there. lol.
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Oh I hope this is incorrect... my newbie wife and daughter are weather wimps (Western Japan is much much warmer - too hot for me) and I've been telling them that they will be fine. They were both wearing heat-tec, warm hats, gloves, and down jackets at various points on Sunday. It was no colder than 15º at any time.
Lol, there is small valley near me in the NE Jura called Little Siberia, or real name La Brévine- the lake often turns into a massive skating rink, and there are many peat bogs that look like tundra- the record temp there is minus 41.8 C! 2 nights ago it was minus 7.5C. You aint' seen nothing yet . It is btw a fabulous place to learn x country skiing, with a great rental shop by the piste, and lessons available, and all on the flat, with cafés and restaurants on the route.

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We used to see these charcoal/cinnamon/ear tuft squirrels (same family as Squirrel Nutkin!) very rarely...they are shy and like the higher Alpine areas. They didn't venture down off the mountains into town. Last year we had one. This year s/he decided my hazelnuts were the best in the region, and welcomed all her/his friends.

Just another strange migration--we seen that mobs of crows that used to be far up in the forests have moved downward. Our (native) neighbours report they've never seen them at altitudes this low. They are driving us crazy cracking walnuts on our roof. It sounds like war up there. lol.
Sounds to me there may be an excess of hazelnuts, for some reason

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Lol, there is small valley near me in the NE Jura called Little Siberia, or real name La Brévine- the lake often turns into a massive skating rink, and there are many peat bogs that look like tundra- the record temp there is minus 41.8 C! 2 nights ago it was minus 7.5C. You aint' seen nothing yet . It is btw a fabulous place to learn x country skiing, with a great rental shop by the piste, and lessons available, and all on the flat, with cafés and restaurants on the route.
Challenge accepted.


I love the cold. It’s the wife and kid that don’t!
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Sounds to me there may be an excess of hazelnuts, for some reason
No more than normal; same harvest as in previous years.
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Hazelnuts crops are a bit like plums, every 3 years you get a bumber crop.
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Challenge accepted.


I love the cold. It’s the wife and kid that don’t!
As long as you are dressed for the conditions everything will be fine. And don't think you need to go to the high-end sports shops for winter clothing, gloves, hats, etc. Everything you need, and in good quality, can be had from the Migros, or even better from the Landi. (If you haven't yet experienced Landi, you must. It's a farmer's shop and there is one in Eysin,)

At what altitude are you going to be living? Along the lake you can expect an occasional snow fall, but it will be more persistent higher up the Jura. But even St. Cergue (1250m) isn't snow covered for the season.

In can be cold, but nothing like New York, Boston or (shudder) Montreal.
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No more than normal; same harvest as in previous years.
Yes, but I suspect that someone may be collecting them and putting them in a convenient place.
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Re: Feeding birds :)

The other place renowned for very cold temps, and nearer to Nyon- is Mouthe (France, other side of the Jura)- not quite as cold as La Brévine, but close behind!

In the UK, I used to feel much colder at higher temps than here- because it was damp cold, that goes right through your bones! And we had a 1920s house with metal Kritter windows with lead lights! (we partly double glazed or secondary glaze, but even so!). Much colder here, but DRY cold, and our walls are 90cm thick, and we have a huge barn over our head and great double glazed windows - never too hot in Summer, never too cold in Winter - and a massive 'Pierre Olaire stone woodburner. Always cosy (house dates from 1587).

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Yes, but I suspect that someone may be collecting them and putting them in a convenient place.
Yes, me. I saw them start on the neighbour's tree, so I went out and harvested mine. Left the squirrels a few crumbs for their trouble.
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As long as you are dressed for the conditions everything will be fine. And don't think you need to go to the high-end sports shops for winter clothing, gloves, hats, etc. Everything you need, and in good quality, can be had from the Migros, or even better from the Landi. (If you haven't yet experienced Landi, you must. It's a farmer's shop and there is one in Eysin,)

At what altitude are you going to be living? Along the lake you can expect an occasional snow fall, but it will be more persistent higher up the Jura. But even St. Cergue (1250m) isn't snow covered for the season.

In can be cold, but nothing like New York, Boston or (shudder) Montreal.
I used to live on Lake Ontario, north of Syracuse and east of Rochester. If Syracuse got a meter of snow, we'd get 25 cm of solid ice. The winds would come across the Canadian plains and pick up water along the lake. I would go to Montreal to get warm.

We are going to be at a fairly low altitude, so that's good news for the wife and kid (the agent helping us seemed happy to keep them alive - although I'm sure they could survive).

I am definitely curious about the Landi, sounds like my kind of place. I'm currently the tall foreign guy in my neighborhood dressed in denim shirts, heavy duty canvas work pants, and an old farm coat.

And yes, I am trying to teach the two of them that there's no such like as bad weather, just poor clothing choices.
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If not Landi- Decathlon is great for all ages, be it in CH or across into France. I go to the huge one in Pontarlier, it is great and staff so friendly and knowledgeable.

If you want true farming/working clothes, there is a catalogue you can ask for, or look on-line. They have all sorts of farm implements too, hunting, fishing, etc, and those shirts or wastecoats with eldelweiss on, and even dirndle (traditional women's clothes, Austrian style), etc.

www.urechlyss.ch

they also have a few shops dotted around.
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A squirrel vs a retired physicist:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0LueiUkb9c

The solution? Capitulation. Not even a physicist can outsmart a squirrel.

Resistance is futile.
Adorable! Let me raise you.
And because that's a repost, here's a new one.

Back to you folks for the unimportant stuff.
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Adorable! Let me raise you.
And because that's a repost, here's a new one.

Back to you folks for the unimportant stuff.
Respect!

This, folks, is why the world needs more engineers.

And squirrels.

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Re: Feeding birds :)

We went and got 50kg of bird food yesterday as we do every year which should see them through some of the winter. We always think it will be enough to last but it never is.

We won’t start feeding them yet as there is plenty around for them to ear at the moment.
The resident squirrels live in the neighbour’s larch tree and haven’t quite managed to crack our bird feeders yet.
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Lol, there is small valley near me in the NE Jura called Little Siberia, or real name La Brévine- the lake often turns into a massive skating rink, and there are many peat bogs that look like tundra- the record temp there is minus 41.8 C! 2 nights ago it was minus 7.5C. You aint' seen nothing yet . It is btw a fabulous place to learn x country skiing, with a great rental shop by the piste, and lessons available, and all on the flat, with cafés and restaurants on the route.
You always have such lovely recommendations in your area!

Do you have any for fall foliage hopefully reachable by public transport? Merci
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You always have such lovely recommendations in your area!

Do you have any for fall foliage hopefully reachable by public transport? Merci
Have you seen this foliage map?

https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-ch/...ng:8.30000;z:8
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ooh, be careful....my downstairs neighbour has complained to me about feeding the birds because "they then sing too loudly in the nearby tree" (tree branches are at the height of my window)

Thank goodness I was wearing a mask that hid my grin, though I'm sure it showed in my eyes! I have acted appropriately .... aka changed nothing!

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