A (very little) bull is born

Posted on August 16, 2020
Alp Ruosalp

A joyful day on Ruosalp: A bull was born on the pastures. The picture shows Max Herger and the mother bringing the baby bull to the chalet.

Thunderstorms brought relief

Posted on August 13, 2020
Alp Satteleggli

As stated in the last blog, water got scarce on Alp Satteleggli after an unusually dry period. Over the last week, however, several thunderstorms brought relief and the bone dry soil was thoroughly watered. The fountain is full again. Calf Princess keeps being close to everybody. But at least now she feels comfortable enough to spend the night outside with the other animals. Thunderstorms, for once welcomed. The flowers needed…

(Very) early in the morning

Posted on August 12, 2020
Alp Maran

Days start (very) early on Alp Maran during the summer months. It’s still dark outside when master cheesemaker Walter Niklaus and his crew begin their work. The cheeses made the day before are taken out of the molds and put into the brine bath. And the dairy gets a thorough cleaning. Once the sun goes up the fresh morning milk is brought and put into the big cauldron. But that’s…

Natascha’s fling with the neighbor

Posted on August 07, 2020
Alp Satteleggli

Adultery, or a little fling, is not just reserved for humans. Nine months ago, before she went to spend the summer on Alp Satteleggli, cow “Natascha” jumped the fence on her pasture in Gstaad and gave the neighboring bull a visit. The result of this brief encounter is due to be born any day! Cow Natascha, is she missing her bull friend? Natascha seems to be fine… …or is she…

Impressions from the cellar

Posted on August 04, 2020
Alp Carí

Cheesemaker Flavia has done a lot of work on Alpe Carí on the eastern slopes of the Leventina valley. Just look at the pictures from the cellar with the different stages of aging. Also, note the classic greyish rind, typical for the “Alpeggios” in the Italian speaking part of Switzerland. Three different stages of aging. The beautiful imprints. And the smaller, more delicate cheeses. A lot of shelves are full.

Lena in the middle

Posted on August 03, 2020
Alp Imbrig

The start of August has brought beautiful weather, and things are going smoothly on Alp Imbrig. Of course, a lot of times daughter Lena is the center of attention. Ruedi Jordi washes the cheeses with the icecold mountain water. Alpkäse Imbrig and Mutschli. Meringue with Alp ice cream and cream, unbelievable. Lena and Grandma. Nicely dressed.

Everything is under control

Posted on August 02, 2020
Alp Berglialp

An inspiring, colorful sunset sent Berglialp into the night on Swiss National Day. “Everything is going well”, says Ursi Marti-Kamer. And she sent the picture with the text: “The cow has all under control!”

Swiss National Day: August 1st

Posted on August 01, 2020
Alp Satteleggli

Less than a month after the 4th of July, Switzerland is having it’s “Birthday”: On August 1st, the Nation celebrates its Independence Day with family gatherings, with food and drink, of course, and lighting the fires that can be seen from far away – the sign of having gained freedom from the usurpers. The Reichenbach’s – a big and very traditional family – celebrate the day in the old fashion…

Singing the Alp prayer

Posted on July 29, 2020
Alp Ruosalp

On a lot of Alps the tradition of the Alp prayer has survived. Max Herger on Ruosalp makes no exception. You can hear those prayers from far away. When the last sunrays kiss the mountain tops… …Max Herger is singing the prayer. Time to take a break: Coffee and whipped cream!

A secluded place

Posted on July 29, 2020
Alp Fählen

If you want to get to Alp Fählen there is no other way than to go on a long hike. It’s a very secluded place where the Inauen family spend their summer. The plateau is surrounded by the peaks of the eastern Alps, and Lake Fählen is center stage. Lake Fählen, tucked into the mountainside. And beautiful in the evening, too. Cows, horses, goats, chickens and dogs enjoy the place….

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