Interview with Scarlett Rollinson, Child Author

Scarlett Rollinson, then aged six, received the third place prize in the age-6-to-8 category for Mothering Matters – Switzerland’s 2014 Autumn Writing Contest. Scarlett, who lives in canton Zurich, has now written a novel. She felt inspired after doing well in the contest and so continued to write. Mothering Matters interviewed Scarlett via email to ask her…

Emergency: Which Number to Call?

Whether you’re a newcomer to Switzerland or you’ve been here for a while, do you know the number to call for an ambulance if you have a medical emergency? When I’m delivering First Aid training, I’m surprised to discover how many people don’t. And I must say that I myself have trouble remembering all of…

Memoirs Are Forever

I’m writing my memoirs for my son. I’m getting it all down: relevant childhood, teenage and adult anecdotes, as well as learnings and observations. I don’t plan to hand it over for at least six years, and it will probably be a work in progress for the duration. I’ll err on the side of indulgence…

Pregnancy Loss – An Expat’s Perspective

The loss of a baby, however it occurs, is just a horrible thing to experience, as I can, unfortunately, personally attest. Last year my baby boy, who was diagnosed with a heart condition in utero, was “born sleeping” (I’m not a fan of the term “stillborn”) at around six months into my pregnancy, and I…

Teriyaki Skewers with Garlic Bread

To be honest, I haven’t been cooking regularly for very long. It all started about a year or two ago with a discovery. My father had invited me for dinner to the most amazing restaurant he knew in Rapperswil-Jona (Villa Aurum). The second course was a duck liver pâté with dried pears and melted chocolate.…

Invisible Journeys

Moving countries is in my blood. As soon as I turned 18, my wanderlust materialised as planning long travels abroad – to learn a new language, to discover my roots, to relish the freedom and adventure of solo travelling around the world. By the time I’d graduated from university, I could add “walking into Tibet”…

Family Holiday – Take a Punt on Cambridge

For a dose of English language and culture, Cambridge is an excellent alternative to London and easily reachable from Switzerland. The famous university city in Cambridgeshire is filled with history, charm and culture; it’s a wonderful place to visit for a long weekend or family holiday. We’ve been there twice and this is what we…

A Family Weekend in Bellagio on Lake Como, Italy

“What would you like to do when we arrive?” I asked our children (ages three and one) on our way to Italy. “Let’s go on adventures like The Octonauts do,” said the eldest one. “The Octonauts” is his favorite cartoon, featuring the undersea adventures of a polar bear, a penguin, a cat, and a rabbit.…

Yogurt Rice Salad

It is time to slip on your flip-flops, unroll your picnic blankets, fire up the grill and soak up the sun. Summer is here! Here is a colourful salad recipe that is a perfect accompaniment to grilled vegetables or meat. It is a light, fresh, and easy-to-make salad that can be packed up and whisked…