We are close to the end of our stay with my uncle Folkhart close to Bärschwil, a small village 45 minutes south of Basel. Folkhart owns a converted grain mill on five acres from the early 1600's that has 5 apartments and his own dwelling. This week culminated with a saturday night feast among 3 generations on my mother's side of the family. The main course consisted of Raclette, a cheese commonly used for melting in a Swiss dish based on heating the cheese on a open fireplace and scraping off (racler) the melted part over potatoes.
This area of Switzerland is dotted with many small villages connected by walking trails known as Wanderwegs as well as two-lane roads. A few minutes in any direction and you are in the company of sheep, goats, and cows with bells. Photos from an afternoon walk in Bärschwil can be viewed in the Gallery.