When I was young we washed out milk bottles, donated aluminum cans to charity appeals and enthusiastically returned fizzy pop bottles to shopkeepers, earning 5p-per-bottle deposits as a nifty way to top up our weekly pocket money allowances.
It's already time for the last issue of this summer. And what a summer it was! 2018 saw the period between April and July with the least precipitation in the last 100 years. Record temperatures made a bad situation worse.
When my middle son was about eight, he went through a period of telling mother-in-law jokes. He had no idea what a mother-in-law was, but enjoyed the audience reaction as he recited one Les Dawson joke after another. Little did I know I’d soon have a mother-in-law story of my own.
During the last week of July (25-29) Château-d’Oex was overrun with children and families who came to take part in its annual summer Festival au Pays des Enfants (Children’s Festival). This was the sixth consecutive year the festival has been held.