Dwight Peck's personal website
Settling in in Ollon, Switzerland
Switzerland. Exhausting, in a word, the move was, but we're mostly unpacked and settling in at last.
may not find this terribly rewarding unless you're included here, so this is a
good time for casual and random browsers to turn back before they get too caught
up in the sweep and majesty of the proceedings and can't let go.
Scenes of Ollon, late March - early April 2014
First things first -- there's not enough room in our new little flat for the books, but with Lisa's kind indulgence this street-front den (a butcher's shop in olden times) will be our overflow library.
Electricity pumped in from down the street for the moment
A job of work to do
Let's get started.
We ♥ IKEA.
The back yard (appropriately, overlooked by the Office of the Population in the town hall, right)
Dieter VW in his snuggly nest, and packing crates all over our patio
Back to the butcher's shop: progress
Back from a hike in the neighborhood
A beautiful old former farm building, dated 1830
Ollon from the vineyard road towards Antagnes to the south
The 13th century Château of the Rock
Ollon and Dents de Morcles
The Route Cantonale, the through road to Italy before the autoroute was put in
The Ollon village school, with the 13th century St-Triphon tower on the hill behind it
Up to the Ollon rail station
The protestant church
. . . and so to home.
The Squirrel is settling in, too.
The police station and newspaper kiosk
The café-bar La Fontaine, with a dépôt de pain for the daily bread
The Hôtel de Ville restaurant and the café-bar La Fontaine, and the road up to the ski resort of Villars-sur-Ollon
The post office (over the railway station) on the road to Aigle
Our street, with jogger and walkers
The backyard, with the wisteria coming in
My afternoon reading chair
The Dents du Midi
We're not likely to stand on top of it again, but we can still admire it from afar.
Early April flowers
Dieter in his niche
Our little "study". Or "office". Or "closet".
That's all "History". Everything else is tucked away in the boucherie, or butcher's shop.
The boucherie: Renaissance Lit on the left, science/religion/contemporary politics/philosophy/Reformation/science/mountaineering/winnie-the-pooh on the right
Brooding Scandinavian detective novels on the left. Travel in the middle.
The reception area
20 years of History Today and a shaky electrical connection
A Chinese junk (I think) - for your garden.
Kristin at Images et Atmosphères (and the Zen Gardens), seeking some additional household items
The Étang du Duzillet near the Rhône river, part of the commune of Ollon
A half hour's walk around the étang, or pond. Some of the charming ponds along the river are relics of the draining of the marshes in the 18th/19th centuries, others are imaginative uses of excavations for building the highway roadbed in the 1960s and '70s.
A festive mid-week afternoon gathering at the buvette at the Étang du Duzillet
The Squirrel awaiting the postman
The patio, with wisteria and laundry on the drying-rack
The bedroom (presently occupied)
From the living room: the bedroom
From the bedroom: the living room (or 'the room for watching Inspector Montalbano and Foyle's War films in')
The "middle room" (and The Squirrel standing guard against invader cats)
And late April 2014
And mid-May 2014
The Château de la Roche
Rue de la Tour, the main road into town from the direction of Monthey
The Rue de la Tour -- we almost took that flat on the left when we were on the market three years ago.
We're being watched.
The viticole assocation
A parade, 16 May 2014
And whilst you're here . . .
|Lisa's new house in Ollon, 2006
|Christmas in Ollon, 2006
|PhD party in Ollon, June 2007
|Christmas in Ollon, 2007
|Christmas in Ollon, 2008
|Christmas in Ollon, 2010
|Pre-move scoping mission, Feb. 2014
|Scenes of Ollon village, March 2014
|More scenes of Ollon, April 2014
|Snow day in Ollon, January 2016
The Étang du Duzillet, 24 October 2014
and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, .
All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 19 April 2014, updated 27 November 2014.