|Super-old Door in the Bethlehem House|
|Oven in typical green tile|
Our last stop was the Swiss Army Knife factory store, where I picked up several Christmas gifts at a great price. They have knives with EVERYTHING on them-- Sabina and I laughed that you don't even need to open them to use them as a deadly weapon-- just hold them like a rock and bash someone over the head with it! We actually had a running joke about all the things we could use as weapons, starting with a truly hefty candlestick in the Reding House. I had an "Aha!" moment which led me to explain the game "Clue," which as you probably knows, lists "candlestick" as a possible murder weapon. Anyway, I also was tickled at the Swiss Army PERFUME lines! A sniff proved that it was not Eau de Sweaty Boy. I'm pretty sure no army smells like anything anyone would WANT to exude.
Dinner was me, & Sabina, and the 4 teenaged young men living in her house. It was great. Amazing salad, shepherd's pie, songs sung in canons in several languages, and jokes, lots of jokes-- all of the knock-knock, pun, blonde (or Austrian), or "Your Mama" variety. The Gallis are raising some stellar boys and are a great inspiration to Ryan & I with our little man (hopefully men someday =D).
Enjoy these pics of the Bethlehem House:
|Fish Font- obviously these folks weren't strapped for cash|
|The ceiling was WAY low-- I could stand up straight in the rooms but not through the doors|
|Original Stone Sink (drains straight to the outside)|
|Can you imagine learning to walk on this floor?|
|Cloth bag filled with cherry-pits that were warmed in the tile oven and then taken to warm the beds. Sabina remembers using some like these as a child!|
And these from the Ital Reding House:
|The Deluxe Version tile oven, with paintings representing each canton. This one is for Schwyz.|
|Dining room with gorgeous paneled ceiling!|