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saints de glace

Seeing the colors, the varieties and amazing selection of seed packages and seedling plants at nearby garden centers and supermarkets, who wouldn't want to start a little garden plot? Maybe you could just start with 3 pots to get the hang of it instead of planting in full ground. With Mother's Day this coming Sunday, 12 May 2024, a gift filled with a thoughful collection of seed packets, a tomato seedling, some potting soil, gardening gloves, and a garden tool would surely win you some points!

Some annuals are best seeded directly in the garden in spring whereas some can be nurtured in little starter plug pots and then transferred outdoors once the freezing temperatures have finished. Side note on this subject, known in French as Saint de Glace, here is an excerpt from the latest Know-it-all passport®:

saint de glace

As we have had some unpredictable weather in the last weeks, with one weekend reaching 27ºC then followed by freezing temperatures, one has to pay attention to these wise words from history: Avant St, Servais, point d'été. Après St. Servais, plus de gelée (Before St. Servais, no spring. After St. Servais, no more frost).


The Giant Ferris Wheel with an unobstructed view of the whole of the Geneva harbor from the top of this 34-meter high structure has returned for the season through the end of September 2024. Open every day from noon through midnight (weather permitting).

Don't forget that the Ferris wheel is not the only attraction! There is the flower clock too, adorned with seasonal flowers and the perfect photo opportunity for visitors.

At the foot of the Ferris Wheel you will find La Potinière restaurant, serving lunch or dinner and brunch on Sundays from 11h-13h15 with entertainment for kids from 13h30-15h. The menu lists fondue, steak, fish, and a plat du jour. On weekend evenings you will find a musical ambiance in the park during the summer. They offer afterwork events and can be rented for private events as well.


We featured articles about HiremyHusband back in 2013 at this link and 2019 at this link. Now we have decided it's time to talk to Mike again! 

Hire my Husband has developed more services:

  • Interior design
  • Child-proofing the house
  • Electricity
  • Lights planing
  • Speakers and sound planning
  • Space division and design
  • Smartphone operation
  • Smart house planing
  • Installation and use of complicated systems.


Progress of building/renewing a new terrasse

Hire my Husband specializes in what they call "functional design" that takes into account the various elements in the space like electric lines, water pipes, and proximity of functions that could be used in the most efficient, pleasant and time-saving ways in your apartment/ house. The idea beyond it is that your home will work for you and not the other way around.

sally lismore

Sally Lismore has a smile that would put anyone at ease. Moving to a new country is daunting and Lismore Relocation takes care of paperwork, research, and problem-solving related to relocating. We caught up with Sally. Read on to take advantage of an exclusive discount (and lunch) she is offering our readers.

How did you start?
Twenty-five years ago, Switzerland became my new family’s new home. I met a relocation consultant and immediately knew that this was the perfect job for me. I'm still loving every moment of guiding others through their Swiss experiences.

How did you get into the business of relocation?
An ad in a magazine caught my eye, and just days later, I stood outside the doors of a major relocation company. With a beaming smile and my brain in "French mode," I walked in and, to my delight, walked out with the job.

What is the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome?
5 years ago, I co-founded a relocation company with a partner, as initially hesitant to venture out on my own. Looking back, I realize that this decision allowed me to learn and grow in ways I might not have experienced solo. Now, armed with confidence and a profound understanding of the industry, I am ready to embrace new challenges independently.

What are your plans for the future?
I take immense satisfaction in assisting not only with initial arrivals but also guiding people through the twists and turns of Swiss life. This includes local moves, helping individuals secure their dream homes, and for some holiday homes. Our goal is to be more than a relocation service; we aspire to be a constant ally, offering support and solutions that extend beyond the traditional boundaries of the industry.

Adapting to the ever-changing trends in the relocation industry has been a transformative journey for me and I have adapted and embraced the opportunity to diversify our services.  What started as aiding newcomers to Switzerland has evolved into a comprehensive support system throughout individuals' entire Swiss experiences.

Inside Geneva Bible Church

Geneva Bible Church launching this Sunday, 5 November 2023

We wrote about John Glass in this 2021 article about his book Calvin’s Geneva - A Walking Guideas well as his tour services around Geneva, Calvin Tours. He has told us about the new Geneva Bible Church; a vibrant, International, and theologically conservative English-speaking church in Geneva, whose signature will be verse-by-verse expository preaching of the Bible.

It has been founded and pastored by John Glass, and American raised in Geneva as an expat kid, who, for the last 38 years, has been a French-speaking church-planter in Paris and Geneva. The last church he and 5 other families founded is L'Eglise Evangélique International de Genève which is now fully independent, and who is helping to spawn the English-speaking Geneva Bible Church. Two families have joined the Glasses to help spawn this church, the Moorheads and the Tetreaults.

According to Swissinfo.ch the number of staff working for the United Nations, and in the 470 international organizations and non-governmental agencies and diplomatic missions in Geneva, is about 33,000 people. This clearly makes Geneva one of the most international cities of the world largely because of the United Nations being based here. John believes this new conservative English-speaking church in Geneva will help meet the church needs of this international community.