Discreet luxury in Klosters
While the streets of Gstaad and St Moritz are lined with the boutiques of Cartier, Louis Vuitton and Prada, on my walk from the outskirts into central Klosters, I pass only shops selling garden machinery, kitchen cabinets and cuckoo clocks. Instead ...
January 23, 2015
Early Bird Biscuit: Out of time, out of this world
Vintage knickknacks and kitsch decorate his little 725-square-foot bakery: There's the cuckoo clock that belonged to his grandmother (“I used to love to pull the pine cones,”), rotary phone, collection of old rolling pins long past their prime, and ...
January 5, 2015
Festival of Trees auction slated for Friday
More than 200 decorated trees, wreaths, stockings and other entries and their incentives will be auctioned off from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at the Muskingum County Welcome Center. Bids may be placed in person or by calling 740-450-1990. The auction ...
December 3, 2014
Black Forest Dome Cake
The inspiration, Baird says, came from Black Forest cuckoo clocks. She starts by baking some batter into a bowl and the rest in two 9-inch rounds. She then fills it with boiled vanilla whipped cream, which holds up better then typical whipped cream ...
December 22, 2014
Worldwide light show rings in 2015
Items being dropped include: a big chilli in Las Cruces, New Mexico; a replica peach in Atlanta; a musical note in Nashville, Tennessee; a large pine cone in Flagstaff, Arizona; an oversized spurred cowboy boot in Prescott, Arizona; an 80lb wedge of ...
January 1, 2015
7 signs of spring to look out for in Dorset
Another sure sign of spring is the sight of birds industriously building their nests in preparation for their newborn chicks. The influx of feathered arrivals starts with the rooks and chiff-chaffs, followed by the swallows, cuckoos, warblers and ...
March 5, 2015
Iquitos, Peru: Wet and Wild
the gentleman pushing a life-size red-and-gold merry-go-round horse up a lime neon-lit edge of an avenue and the woman stopping traffic at midnight with a pompom routine, and heard the tinny soundtrack of cuckoo-clock church bells straight out of ...
September 13, 2013
This was the challenge given to students and guest designers by the Haute école d’art et de design (HEAD) in Geneva. You can see their varied and curious solutions in a new exhibition at the UQAM Centre de Design , 24 hours in the life of a Swiss cuckoo clock, produced by the HEAD, featuring two dozen adaptations of the folksy Swiss timepiece. The contributing young designers are students of the Masters in Design program at the HEAD, directed by Alexandra Midal, and the international guest designers include James Auger, Marco Borraccino, Nitzan Cohen, Camille Scherrer and matali crasset. Design historian and curator Alexandra Midal and designer Camille Scherrer will each give a lecture on Thursday, February 19, at 6 p. m. at the Centre de Design. Alexandra Midal's talk is entitled De la main de l’ouvrière au pied de la danseuse : le perfide designer ( from the worker's hand to the dancer's foot: the devious designer). A cuckoo clock, known as a coucou in French, strikes the hours with a sound resembling a cuckoo’s call. Contrary to popular belief, cuckoo clocks are not a Swiss invention. The traditional model, established around 1850, is a wall clock with visible pendulum, driven by two weights in the shape of pine cones, and with a wooden case in the form of a chalet.
Our Nanny had a cuckoo clock in her kitchen. Perhaps it was a momento from her mother, my Great Grandmother, who was born in Germany and came to America sometime in the 1880s. Nanny’s clock may have been a reminder of the Black Forest from which her mother came. When my sister Gwen and I were naughty, she reminded us how severely her mother dealt with misbehaving, and she showed us the scar on her arm where her mother had placed a hot iron. After several ignored warnings to stay away from the hot iron, her mother picked up the iron and put it on her arm, causing a severe burn that left the scar. If the cuckoo clock was a reminder of her mother, my Nanny was a forgiving person. The clock hung on a remote wall the the large dark kitchen, a small ugly brown house with a door at the top. In that house lived a small brown bird that came out of the door for air and sang a song in a croaky voice, “gung cuckoo, gung cuckoo”. “Gung cuckoo, gung cuckoo. Chains with pine cones attached to the bottom hung under the house. Later, after I could count, I figured the bird sang according to the numbers on the clock. The bird cuckooed the number. Fascinating, but it took a long time to reach the top, so we pulled over a chair, climbed on it, and pushed the big hand around the clock to the top.