Monday Nook

Good morning! I’m back, my head’s less foggy and I start back at work this morning! Off to the shed. Back in the groove. Getting closely acquainted with packing boxes! This morning’s ‘nook’ is not particularly pretty as such, but I though it so relevant to the ‘starting back at work’ thing.


My eldest and I stood at the window, in the stairwell in our hotel in Chur, Switzerland, watching the first snow fall, marvelling at the fact that it was snow!!!!  …. and I noticed this lady sitting at her desk, across the way. It would have been 7am. I thought to myself? … has she noticed? …. the magical snow? … the stuff that had captured our wonder? Has she looked out the window and breathed it all in yet? … does she realise the fact that she lives in a country where it snows and not rains when it is really cold?!! Does she ever feel the same excitement that we were feeling at that moment?

Do you do that when you travel? …take a step away from the excitement of new things and wonder what life would be like actually living where you are? Is it as wondrous living it? Do they experience magic in their daily lives, like the magic we experience when we visit? How do they make their living? What is their work day like?

We were excitedly getting ready for our day sledding between the little Swiss towns of Preda and Bergun, up in the mountains … and there she was, busy, sitting at her desk, contributing to the economy of the country that we were frolicking in! We each saw the day through different eyes!

I wonder if she had even noticed that it was snowing? She most likely wasn’t silently screaming, “OMG, OMG, it’s snowing, it’s snowing, look at the snow!!!”

My son said, “it’s a good day to be sitting, working at a desk … look at the view!” I wonder if she thought that?

Happy Monday!

A-M xx

PS London post is next. Soon. Any minute now. xx

PPS I have some much nicer pictures of beautiful Chur, the oldest town in Switzerland. I might do a separate post on Chur, if you’re all not sick to death of my travel photos in the next week or so. The old town part of Chur is so beautiful. xx

Chur, Switzerland at dusk.

Chur, Switzerland, at dusk.

Our boys outside our hotel in Chur, Switzerland, marvelling at the first snow.


This is where I muse about home design, interiors, life with my boys and other stuff that stops my heart. I own my own Real Estate agency, 'Cape Cod Residential', through which I stage, style and sell beautiful homes all over Brisbane, Australia.

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  • Grace @ sense and simplicity
    January 21, 2013 at 5:23 am

    I still stop and appreciate how beautiful the snow is, but on work days I’m more likely thinking – drat I have to drive in the snow! I wonder how bad the roads are? I wonder if there is ice under the snow? etc. But when I’m home and sipping tea and relaxing (like today) then I love looking at the snow or going for a walk in it. I love the sound of snow lumps and ice crunching underfoot.

    • A-M
      January 21, 2013 at 5:26 am

      So jealous that you get seasons! That’s what hit me OS, that they get to enjoy summer and heat and also snow and the cold. Seasons! Yes, driving in it would be a worry! xx

  • Karyn
    January 21, 2013 at 6:10 am

    Love you reflection in this post. I can actually feel the boys excitement , marvelling at the first snow as in December we went to Movie Worlds White Christmas night & they release a couple of bursts of wet artificial snow & seeing the kids ( and probably my ) faces at the magic of snow falling I said to myself ” I must find a way to take them to the snow this year “.
    Happy going back to work day , A- M
    Karyn x

    • A-M
      January 24, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      Thanks Karyn. A week of reflection! It’s hard getting back into it. One foot in front of the other! Yes, kids love snow! Love it! My youngest was obsessed and followed the weather reports on the snow, everywhere we went! xx

  • Chie
    January 21, 2013 at 6:12 am

    Glad to see you enjoying life to the fullest. Cool kiddos are now big enough to appreciate journeys & adventures.

    Snow in Stockholm is much thicker and freezing to -17 deg and will be down to -22 deg this week. Charming? I guess we have to swap just for 3 months §:-)

    Have a relaxing week, AM with Mr. AM & the lil AM’s.

    GB to all,

    • A-M
      January 24, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      Oh Chie! That’s cold!!!! I’d still swap though! I love the cold! xx

  • Fiona, Lilyfield Life
    January 21, 2013 at 7:22 am

    and that same woman might be in wondrous excitement if she was in Brisbane enjoying the warmth and clear blue skies! it’s all about being happy and content where ever you are. Enjoy settling back into your life, A-M, it’s always a bit hard after travel isn’t it.
    Fiona xx

    • A-M
      January 24, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      so true! xx

  • sweetness
    January 21, 2013 at 7:49 am

    You just get used to where you live. It becomes less special, and it becomes normal.

    It’s normal for me to live at one of the most beautiful beaches I have seen, to swim in the cool, clear, blue water, to enjoy the national parks. But I still have to go to work when the sky is so big and blue and wide, when the weather is divine.

    Snow is so amazing to those of us in SE Qld-where even winter is mostly pretty warm!

    I love when I have those moments, and make myself have those moments, when I really look around and see how special and beautiful my area is.

    • A-M
      January 24, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      Beautifully said! xx

  • Deanne
    January 21, 2013 at 8:06 am

    We need to remember the special things about where we live and not take it all for granted!

    • A-M
      January 24, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      So true. xx

  • Lauren Jewhurst (@laurenbigeejit)
    January 21, 2013 at 8:16 am

    It snowed in the UK this week. We are not used to it. So as the first flakes fall we are ridiculously excited….then this changes to irritation as our travel is disrupted, schools close, and we worry about our elderly neighbours and relatives. I love that you were so excited about the snow. It’s nice when you are able to enjoy it and play in it. Not so nice when you have to get about in it, in a country that doesn’t prepare itself sufficiently!

    • A-M
      January 24, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      Oh dear! That does not sound much fun. Yes, it’s nice to play in but I have never had to live in it! xx

  • Marjon
    January 21, 2013 at 10:49 am

    I am currently sitting at JFK in New York waiting to board a flight home to Australia after two weeks in New York and Chicago and can relate to your post today. It’s wonderful to travel to different places and experience new things – to visit the *bathroom* and have the toilet, soap dispenser, taps and hand towel dispenser all function automatically – such fun! To watch the locals go about their business and wonder if they appreciate how different their world is from ours.
    I love your photos A-M, especially the snow ones. Unfortunately, we didn’t experience any snow – just nose freezing and bone chilling COLD!!

    • A-M
      January 24, 2013 at 3:14 pm

      I know, it’s all so streamlined and sophisticated over yonder! I could not get over the trains in Switzerland. Gee they are efficient with everything! xx

  • KJP
    January 21, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    The snow is so pretty but as previous person said, it’s a real pain for travelling. As we don’t get it every winter we are not geared up for it, it causes chaos when only a few inches! Then it starts to melt, then re-freezes…lethal!!! Have had snow here for 4 days, glad I don’t have to get to work! Love your European pictures, it’s really nice to hear your take on it all. Kind regards South Coast Blighty x

    • A-M
      January 24, 2013 at 3:12 pm

      Oh yes, I could see the hassles with daily living. It’s magical to us southerners. Just magical. To visit! xx

  • Mrs T
    January 21, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Its nice to have you back! Ive missed your regular posts. I spent a year in Europe a long long time ago, and every single time it snowed I absolutely loved it. I loved walking outside in the freezing cold when locals thought i was mad. I loved the crunching that fresh soft snow made under your feet, and I always laughed out loud when I managed to slip over on an icy patch and land on my toosh. It was an “inconvenience” that I just never got tired of!

    • A-M
      January 24, 2013 at 3:11 pm

      Thank you Mrs T. Nice to be back! …s ort of! Oh, the snow. I would never tire of it, even if I had to deal with the ice and driving in it. I keep looking at the hills near home here, thinking, “there’s no snow”. Sigh! xx

  • JP
    January 21, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Definitely not sick of these wonderful posts. Very interested in hearing more – particularly how the kids went and also the mundane logistics (bookings, recommendations, cost expectations etc).. We’re planning a similar adventure so all tips appreciated. Thanks.. JP

    • A-M
      January 24, 2013 at 3:09 pm

      Might have to do a logistics post soon, after the pretties! Kids were a good age, 10 years and 15 years so they were no trouble in the whole planning of it all. They were still at that age that they could share a bed if need be to save accommodation costs. Handy. xx

  • Kate spicer
    January 22, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Chur is the most beautiful city and one I enjoyed with my children as well. To instill the love of travel is wonderful. Memories can never be replaced.

    • A-M
      January 24, 2013 at 3:07 pm

      Oh how exciting that you have been there Kate. Chur was such a delightful surprise! I wish I had had more time there. Oh the memories! xx

  • Andrea Lauder
    January 24, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Hahaha oh A-M, you should’ve been at our office today as it was snowing and blowing outside. The mood within our team was of general dismay that it was snowing “yet again”. You’re so right – through the eyes of others, your ordinary world is transformed.


    • A-M
      January 24, 2013 at 3:06 pm

      Oh I would have had my face planted on the window pane. Sigh! xx

  • Andrea
    January 31, 2013 at 6:44 am

    Living in Christchurch NZ, we get a snow day once every second year on average and kids love it. I get a kick out of it as well but after snow has been tracked through the house for the 10th time and you have spent the entire day closing the external door to keep the heat in and the dryer has dried its 10th pair of socks, gloves and jackets, as a parent I am quite pleased to see it melt.

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About ‘A-M’

This is where I muse about home design, real estate, interiors and life with my boys. I am starting my next house build, 'The Next House That A-M Built', and hope to have some action on site in January 2018. While I am building I will continue to run my Real Estate agency, 'Cape Cod Residential', through which I stage, style and sell beautiful homes all over Brisbane, Australia. I have an unrivalled staging inventory which enables me to present all manner of homes in their absolute best light for sale. It brings me such joy to be able to do Real Estate so differently and achieve great results for my clients. I am so grateful to be living such a creative and exciting life ... that I have created through blood, sweat, tears and physio appointments!
A-M xx

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