March 4th, 2006



i didn't get to yoga last week because of my Manchester trip, so I wasn't sure about going tonight, plus I was running late :-( But I got there and found it was just me! So I had a 90 minutes lesson with just me and the instructor. I learnt loads! We did a few new sequences, including the wheel (a crab to you and me) which amazingly I could do! The crab however failed miserably. But she was able to really help me and correct my positions and she seemed really happy with my progress. Apparently I'm doing really well and I'm very supple. And for my part I really look forward to the yoga and always feel extremely relaxed and stretched when I leave. It's becoming a high point of my week ;-)

Lent (3)

1. Focus on completing dissertation
can't believe but I did nothing today. I'm very ashamed, what can I say? I'll do better tomorrow.

2. Watch less television
I did less well than yesterday, watched "Catch me if you can" on SF2 then a DVD from the rental shop

3. Spend less time online
Hmm... an average day.

4. Take exercise each day
A brilliant yoga session and I feel fab!

5. Reflect on 5 positive things per day
1. Going to yoga (see above and previous post!)
2. go to the Post Office (the parcels have been waiting all week!)
3. Had a great chat with my Uncle and Aunt in Canada (via Skype!)
4. Spent time with Alan this evening (admittedly watching TV) but it was really nice
5. Updated my cv and sent off the UBS application

Snowy Saturday

View from my kitchen window

It's snowing again, really wet rainy type flakes. I was going to go for a run today, but I'll wait to see if the snow stops first :-) In the meantime, mr NCOT is out and i'm slobbing around in my jimjams drinking tea and reading one of the glossy magazines I bought last week in the UK. Okay, confession time... I'm slobbing around still in bed with laptop, tea and glossy mag. The decadence, my mother would be scandalised!

I've lots of jobs to do later including the recycling, buying a few bits and pieces for hubbie, doing a bit of food shopping and returning two very late DVDs. But this can all wait :-)

Oh, and just for angelchild, here's my rocking chair :-)

And thanks to a post by beebarf (ages ago) I've discovered BBC 6 Music and it's GREAT! It's what radio one used to be like. Hurrah, just my type of music. Cheers beebarf!

Snow Update

Photo Update

It hasn't stopped today! I went out this afternoon and it was horrible, cold, wet, slushy snow. The trees in our courtyard are heavily laden with slow. And earlier on our caretaker and his three dachshunds went outside, and the dogs almost disappeared under the snow, it was very cute :-)

Finding Friends in Foreign Lands

Or, how bookcrossing helped me make Zurich my home.

This week I celebrated my first Bookcrossing Birthday. True to my screen name, I’m sitting down at my laptop with a nice cup of tea and thought I’d reflect on my year with bookcrossing. When I joined in March 2005 I’d been living in Zurich for about a year and was feeling a bit lost. Like so many ex-pats, we’d moved country because my husband’s work had transferred us here. I knew that moving country was going to be hard, I just didn’t realise how hard! Although I was fluent in German, I had trouble understanding Swiss German and without a job, it was hard to make social contact with people or to really make friends.

I stumbled across bookcrossing though crenhov, a fellow expat and since then I haven’t looked back! Bookcrossing gave me a community to belong to and allowed me to make ‘real’ friends, even if we only communicated ‘virtually’! Even though I was still alone in front of my laptop, I was linked to friends all over the world. I joined BCUK (the Yahoo group for UK bookcrossers) and though them kept up with the gossip in England, assuaging my homesickness for "Old Blighty"! Recently, several of these bcuk-ers (aided and abetted by jedsmom and katie1980), realising that I was running out of tea stocks, started secretly sending me boxes of PG Pyramid teabags. My husband was bemused to say the least - I was just grateful!

Since joining bookcrossing I have participated & started many bookrings, traded, rabck-ed and wild released books. I have learnt to really read books again, to rediscover old favourites and meet new authors and genres. Plus, maintaining my bookshelf has dramatically improved my html skills! The biggest change has been that bookcrossing, an internet community, helped me to make real friends in Zurich. And from that point on, my life here in Switzerland has been much more grounded and real. After releasing my first books in Zurich, I got welcome pms from KatColorado and Sunneschii. Shortly afterwards I met KatColorado in Zurich for a nice cup of tea (although it might have been coffee, since cafes here don’t understand the need for boiling water or warming the pot when making a nice cup of tea!) and a friendship was born. I went to meetsups in Café Gloria and made many more friends, including Sunneschii, Dolphus, Sun-beetle, Wildspitz, Scarletbea and many others. The meetups gave me confidence to speak German, to learn to understand Swiss German and to have friends. It felt so nice to walk into a bar “where everyone knows your name”, even if that name is “nice-cup-of-tea”!

I am so grateful to have met this wonderful group of people. We’ve met up outside of bookcrossing, at the Zurich bookclub, in bars, cafes, in-line skating and barbeque-ing! These friends suppport me in improving my German, they've helped me in my job search by checking my cv, but most of all they give me a sense of belonging here in Zurich. The Bookcrossing community seems to be well suited to linking to other websites. We get to know each other as bookcrossers and we then reach out and connect with each other on sites such as and And I love it!

A final thought. I just checked the list of bookcrossers who are participating in my
1st Bookcrossing Birthday “Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down” Bookring. At the last count there were 28 participants, many of whom are old bookcrossing friends and some of whom share a tea related bookcrossing name with me! There are friends from the UK, USA, Australia, Switzerland, Malaysia, France and Canada. Truly international, truly wonderful!

bc newsletter submission


Lent (4)

1. Focus on completing dissertation
Nope, but I did complete CV stuff and wrote article for Bookcrossing newsletter

2. Watch less television
Pretty good. Just a tiny bit of snooker (Welsh masters) and part of a film

3. Spend less time online
Same as yesterday. need to find a better strategy :-)

4. Take exercise each day
None today. Will try a run tomorrow.

5. Reflect on 5 positive things per day
1. Completed all my errands (post office, recycling, video shop, food shopping etc)
2. Made a huge ratatouille for supper and freezed 6 portions
3. Sorted out birthday stuff for Amit and Mags
4. Admired the falling snow and took photos!
5. Discovered BBC Music 6 :-)<p