Gateway to the Vineyards

In September it was decided to have a mini stay in the vineyards.
The weather forecast was excellent and it was easy to take a couple of short train rides
to return to the lakeside village of Chexbres in the canton of Vaud.

Two nights in the vineyards was sheer bliss.
The daily walks along small paths with no traffic was ideal.
The views over the lake and mountains were a constant joy.
The village below is called Rivaz.

The temperatures were still very warm and sunhats and bottles of water
were always with us.

This is the Hotel Prealpina where we stayed.
It's perched high above the vineyards and has wonderful views over the lake and mountains,
but it was quite a trek to get up there on foot from the village below.
It took us about thirty minutes pulling our suitcases uphill from the train station!

This was the sideview of the surrounding mountains.
From left to right, these are called La Dent de Jaman and Les Rochers de Naye.

These were the colours of the same mountain range very early in the morning before sunrise.

This is a wider view of the faraway mountains leading to the Valais
and the end of the lake.
I took this from my hotel room just as the sun was hitting the tips of the mountains
at 7:33 a.m.

Here comes the sun from behind the hill in the foreground

After breakfast, we walked down to the small Chexbres Tourist Office near the station.
I love the flower decorated window.

A beautiful hanging basket hanging from the roof covering the village fountain.

We walked down through the village to the vineyards below to start our first walk of the day

I rather liked this palm tree jutting out above the view on the lake 
looking towards the town of Geneva at the other end.

It sometimes seems that the lakes lead right to the edge of the lake,
but below these vines are many others
and they go down in layers right down to the lake's edge.

Way below the vineyards, I zoomed in on a passing steamboat full of happy, waving passengers!
This is my favourite boat of the fleet called La Suisse.
A few weeks later, we were able to take a sunset cruise on this boat.

I liked the winding trail left in the water where the steamboat had passed by

We decided that it time for lunch and knew a restaurant that we'd been to in the past,
but first of all, we stopped off on a terrace, called the Deck, for a sparkling water
overlooking the fabulous view.
This is the terrace of a hotel where it would be nice to stay another time!

Here is the hotel called Le Baron Tavernier.

A pretty archway, with climbing roses, leads us to an sheltered area with a bench to sit
and enjoy the warmth of the sun and the view.

Up through the village again, past this lovely chalet and to enjoy
our books from the peace of our hotel surroundings before having dinner.

The sunset created pink hues on the mountain tips and in the sky.

This view is from the hotel restaurant.
Most of the light has gone now, but the surface of the lake and the mountain tips
look so lovely at the end of the day.

This is the last scene of our first day in the vineyards.

Flowery Interlude


The flowers everywhere have been stunning
and I wanted to remember some of the beauties I have encountered
on my walks and outings.
This orange dahlia was growing along the lake.

I came across this huge bloom on one of my early morning walks in the neighbourhood.

Such a dark red with petals like velvet

A fresh white Cosmos blowing in the breeze.

Big and beautiful Rudbeckia and tiny Signet Marigolds.

Bright yellow Zinnia

A Dahlia starting to unfold its central petals

Another Dahlia in the morning sun with a profusion of generous petals

Some fresh green maple leaves looking very springlike before autumn
brings in shades of orange and red.

Curvy petals and the perfumed beauty of a rose growing not far away from home.

White Zinnia, Rudbeckia, yellow Zinnia and ornamental leaves down by the lake.
The colour harmonies in the flower beds along the lake in Lausanne-Ouchy
were fresh and luminous is shades of yellow with touches of white.

They looked rather pale and uninteresting at the beginning of the season,
but then they exploded into a very joyful looking sight
and it was a pleasure to see them as I walked along the lake.

Closer to home, on my early morning or evening walks, I love to see the Japanese
Anemone blooming in the late summer.

The buds are so pretty too.

A sure sign of autumn are the Golden Rod which start blooming in August
and continue into September. 
The bees just love them.

Dahlias come in the most beautiful colour combinations

I do like the white tips of the petals on this one.

I saved this one for my last photo today.
I do love the curly central petals, the tightly folded centre and that little bee.

Without going abroad or on a longer holiday this year,
I've chosen to remain in Switzerland because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
This has encouraged me to make interesting and beautiful little escapades not far from home.

Next time, I'll be showing my September getaway in the vineyards
in the beautiful Lavaux area, not far from Lausanne at all.

Skies and Mountain Silhouettes

More photos from Lavey-les-Bains following the first part here:

Pine Branches against a late summer sky.
There were many beautiful trees in the grounds of the hotel.

Colourful fluffy clouds and birds flying high before the morning sun hit the mountain range.

The sun is arriving

At last the rich colours start to show as the sun illuminates the higher peaks.

So many interesting clouds at different times of the day.
I liked these in pink and gold.

Sitting on a bench in the grounds to read my book-
It's called : 'Standing in the Rainbow' by Fannie Flagg.
A charming story of people and their connections with each other in a small town
called Elmwood Springs in Missouri, U.S.A.

I'm also crocheting rainbows to make a garland and here are the first three!

I saw this hollowed out tree trunk full of treasures from nature

The mountains are extremely steep in some parts
and I prefer to admire them from afar rather than climb them!
Watching the sunset from the hotel room

and getting a last glimpse of an illuminated tip of a mountain,
the Dent de Morcles
which can also be seen in the preceeding blog entry.

These beautiful white flowers were in hanging terracotta pots along the covered terrace.

Just for fun!
As I passed a metal sculpture in the hotel on my way to the spa,
I had to laugh at my deformed image!

I think my next blog entry may be about flowers
there are still so many beauties blooming in this late summer period before autumn sets in.