I am upset. Quite upset. Or rather, very upset. Well … to be honest, I am truly and really, really upset!😦
I know it is for the sake of the common good … to house more people coming to live in Lausanne … but why or why does it have to be where we are?! Argghhh … !!
I do not normally like to complain too much … but … I really need to get it off my chest. As the saying goes, a problem shared is a problem halved, is it not? Okay, it is not exactly a problem, but sharing it will definitely help me to deal with it better lah!
I suppose that we knew that it would be too good to last forever … or at the very least until we would quit the place. But it came sooner than we would have liked. In fact, we did not actually expect this to happen when we first moved into the area. But we started hearing about it a year into staying here.
And then when one of the old houses were vacated and later demolished and we started seeing all these tall poles sprouting all over the place, we knew, then, that it was only a matter of time before our days of peaceful countryside living would come to an end.
Just as at my own place, back in my beloved homeland, Singapore, … the price of progress has started to cramp our living style.
No more big expanse of greenery and quiet surroundings.
No more hearing the wonderful sound of birds singing, especially in spring. Well, okay, I can still hear them … but just not as often and not as cheery as before.
No more hearing the sound of a cock crowing from a house further down the slope … or of seeing a few goats grazing at the back of the very same house when I would walk towards the métro station.
No more being able to enjoy a lovely snow-covered landscape in winter. Oh yes, even my snowy wonderland is gone now!😦
No more being able to indulge in my favourite activity of foraging for edibles from the fields and side lanes below.
And worse …we are losing our privacy, especially at night! And this really grieves me. Each evening when darkness fall, we have to bring down the window shutter in our bedroom so that our modesty is protected when we switch the light on. So on moonlit fill night, we would no longer be able to enjoy the beauty of the full moon from the comfort of our bed unless we lift the shutter after we have switched off the light nor enjoy the pleasure of having moon light streaming brightly into our bedroom. Sob, sob, sob …
Fortunately, not everything is lost … at least for us as I cannot say the same for our neighbours staying below. Despite the construction of several blocks of flats below us, our view of the mountains and of the lake are not obstructed … phewww!! Thank you God for life’s little pleasure. So for this, I cannot complain overly because not everyone gets to enjoy this beautiful scene on a daily basis.
And living high on the hill where we are, I should still able to enjoy the experience of getting all tingly when the whole area is being shrouded with heavy mist during the cool season. For me, this is such a lovely experience to have.
To give an idea of the changes that have been wrought into our once peaceful high country living … these are the before and after pictures of the same area.
The pictures above and below were taken five years ago at around this time of the year, when we were lulled into thinking that we had found our little piece of paradise in Lausanne … (I am simply recycling some of my old pictures!)
Can you just imagine the serenity and tranquility which I had enjoyed while I was tinkering with my potted plants on the balcony? Sighhh … it does not seem as it was that long ago.
And now, this is what have to see every day and most especially when I am out working on my balcony potager.
Not a very pretty sight, is it not?
The sight before this was a lot uglier when we have to contend not only with the dusts and the noise … but also with the many tall cranes that were being used to build the different flats at the same time.
The whole area is being worked at. It is one of the biggest construction sites in Switzerland … and it will become a new residential quarter once the whole area has been redeveloped.
That cream coloured house between the two flats is the only one that is left for now. But the occupants have already vacated it a few months ago, which would mean that it will soon face the same fate as the others.
The two dark coloured buildings made mostly of glass in the background now occupy the former open field which I had to pass just before reaching the métro station; and the grey coloured one on the right (of the picture) has only just recently been completed. So we have been getting quite a number of new neighbours in the area moving into these buildings.
And guess what? We can see what they are doing, especially at night when the lights are on; conversely, they can also see what we are doing if we do not bring down our window shutter! And once another flat is built on this empty piece of land, we shall become even ‘closer’ to our neighbours!
Sigh … I really miss not being able to see the old house below our windows any more. And all the fruit trees have been totally decimated by the constructions of these flats, No more apple trees, no more plum trees, no more cherry trees (except for the one just below us), no more walnut tree, no more chestnut tree and no more wild edible and herb plants that used to grow in abundance below – mints, lemon balm, sage, comfrey, borage, wild thyme, sweet violets, etc, etc. It is just terrible …😦
And then, when they all have moved into the new flats, the métro will likely become as crowded as the MRT in Singapore at peak hours! Haizzzzzzz …
Thankfully, we can still see the beautiful lake Léman and the mountains across. And we can also still see the tower of Sauvabelin and the top of the woods of Sauvabelin.
However, there will still be one more view that will disappear once they have completed the construction of the whole residential quarter in 2018.
This mountain view that we can see very clearly between these two HDB-like flats, especially in winter when the trees are stripped of their leaves, will no longer be visible because the flat that will be built in that area will be as high as the two poles that juts out above the trees. (The poles serve as an indicator of the height of the building that will be built and it is common to see them in areas which have been designated for urban development or re-development.)
So … that is the current and future state of our little abode of peace. It is no longer peaceful … and I can no longer claim to be living in high country because there is no more of that countryside feel to it any more!
Still … I cannot complain too much because there are many others who live in even worst places than where we are. So despite the changes that we do not like, we are still thankful for the roof over our head, the mountain and lake views that we still get to enjoy, the closeness to the woods at Sauvabelin and further up at Mauvernay … and, for me, the spacious balcony for me to garden!
Life might no longer be as blissful … but it is not bad, either. We are still thankful. Alhamdullilah😀