That’s us!

A few years ago, I found that little black moleskine notebook that I had carried with me on my trip around the world in 2008. A notebook full of teeny-weeny handwriting telling about beautiful places, great memories, unforgettable adventures, special people, exotic food, moments of homesickness, highlights, low-points… telling about all the things that come with traveling. I poured myself a coffee, sat down and took a few minutes to flick through it. And there, towards the end of the booklet, something caught my eye. A list that I had totally forgotten about: My personal “bucket list”. I wrote it in a lovely spot on the southern island of New Zealand with John, a charming “stranger” at the time, my supporting, loving and very talented husband here and now. One of the twelve points on the bucket list stood out because it had been on my mind for quite a while: I would like to write. Back then, I definitely had a book in mind. But the book idea turned more and more into a blog vision. Sharing things that I love doing with whoever is interested in it. And here I am. Writing.

Of course this blog is not really about me. Even though it says “my” blueberry house. It is about us. Our little family (mummy, daddy and two girlies). Our blue house – and all the decorating and redecorating that comes with it. Our garden… that we slowly but steadily fill with blueberry bushes (we love blueberries!). And about our travels and adventures, of course. It is literally about all the passions that the four of us share.


The “my blueberry house”-story so far

As you might have guessed from my lines above, I met John, my husband in New Zealand while roaming the planet in 2008. And as you might guess as well, he is not Swiss – like me. John is Manx. Manx? Yes, Manx. He is from a lovely island in the Irish Sea called the Isle of Man. The Isle of Man is gorgeous, but nevertheless, we decided to settle down in the heart of Switzerland. We moved into our first apartment, had our two girls, got married… and after a while found a plot of  land to build our family home on. It took us a whole year to build the house on paper with our talented architects Andrea and Taro from Atelier Nido. And another 10 months to actually see it happen. It felt great to move in just two weeks before Christmas 2012. And even though not one single room was completely finished at the time, we fell in love with this place immediately. Should I ever have to move, I will take my blueberry house with me.

Here’s a few impressions of the build and the final result. If you would like to know how it looks on the inside, check out all the rooms here.


Going back to where it all started

In June 2016, we made a big decision. We decided to go back to where it all had started, to where John and I had met: New Zealand. But before and after, we wanted to show our girls some other places on our beautiful planet, make them experience different cultures and climates and get them to meet lovely people from all over the world. As a result, we travelled the world for a whole year in 2017/18 and can unanimously say that we had the time of our lives and would – without a doubt – do it all over again.

If you would like to know where we stopped on our big adventure and what we experienced on the way, have a look here.

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In my dad’s garden on the day we left for our big trip.

That’s it so far. With so much more to come.

I truly hope that you enjoy what you see. Thank you so much for stopping by.

Love,
Nicole


I dedicate this blog to my lovely mum who shared her love for flowers, decorations and being creative with me from a very young age. I wish she could contribute to this blog with her talents and positivity. Miss you lots, mum xxx

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