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The location of the willow structure


I wrote about a living willow structure on my main blog (click here) and I was asked about its location. The village of Villigen is at the top of this image. The red arrow at the lower left marks the location of the structure. There's also a restaurant (Restaurant Hasel) and a "zoo" in this area.

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Bern Bahnhofplatz canopy, more of


This post is related to this day's post on my main blog, Based in Villigen. A closer shot and details about the construction can be found there.

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Purple berries


I can't remember where I took this photo, so I can't go back and check the plant, but I expect that the leaves have all fallen off by now and only the berries remain as in the photo on my main blog.

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Enclosure around the refuse containers


Above: A photo to illustrate the roundness of the posts or logs used to make the enclosure for the garbage and compost containers of our apartment building. Related post (with comments that motivated this post) is here: First snow of 2008 on Based in Villigen

Below: An old photo from 2005 of the enclosure when the posts were covered with ivy.


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Brugg's Partnerstadt Rottweil


This post follows from an earlier post on my main blog where Julie, one of my readers, asked for more details. Here's a link to that post.

I don't know how the seal is affixed to the wall. Maybe some sort of cement or glue was used after all. It also looks like it might have been subjected to some vandalism... Is that charring and chipping the result of a flame?

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Excursion: La Chaux-de-Fonds II


A new shopping mall attempting to channel the spirit of the Art deco era?


The cantonal bank building as seen from the rear. I rather like the way the addition was made to accomodate an elevator shaft and stairs.


Murals can be seen all over the place.

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Excursion: Le Corbusier and La Chaux-de-Fonds


Plaque marking the house in La Chaux-de-Fonds where Le Corbusier (born Charles Edouard Jeanneret-Gris) was born.


There is no Rue du Le Corbusier in La Chaux-de-Fonds, but there is this one. Modulor was a system developed by Corbusier based on human measurements. More about it on Wikipedia.

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Excursion: Moulins Souterrains

A few photos from the underground mill at Col-des-Roches, near Le Locle in Canton Neuch√Ętel. If you haven't landed on this page via my main blog, please visit the post there from this post's date for more information.


A drawing depicting Col-des-Roche at the museum on site. Pretty much on the other side of the pass in the rocks is France.


The mills installed in the cave were primarily used to grind cereals. Given the climate of region, only hardy crops were viable. Here are examples of Dinkel (spelt) and Gerste (barley.)


There was also a sawmill in the cave, at the lowest part of it where the water power was the greatest. As one might imagine, getting the lumber into and out of the caves was no easy task. An attempt was made to install the sawmill outside the caves, but the losses in energy in the transmission were too great: it was put back in its original position.


A close-up of the teeth on the wheels. They were made of wood and there was an advantage to this. When a lot of water came through, such as after heavy rainfall, the increased flow delivered a lot of energy to the system. As the weakest parts of the mill, the wooden teeth broke off before any serious damage was sustained by the other parts.

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Wildflower: Black vanilla orchid


Photographed near Moosalp in the region of Visp in Canton Valais. More on my main blog (check the post with today's date).

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