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Thursday, 23 August

Time is getting short – the week is flying by and there’s not much time for blogging.

Today we walked to the wood carver where we picked up pre-ordered woggles and badges and browsed round the wonderful carved souvenirs on sale.

Lots of people bought wooden coasters and key rings and Chris bought a short bread mold with an Edelweiss imprint. Look out for Swiss cookies at the reunion sleepover!

After a swift shopping trip to top up on washing up liquid, we headed off for our true mountain top moment – the long-awaited visit to Our Chalet.

The welcome was warm from the international team of staff and volunteers who greeted us and conducted a very special and moving badge-pinning ceremony.

We all sang The Chalet Song as the Swiss flag and the World Flag were raised and several of us had a bit of a lump in our throat as we were told that we were now part of the Our Chalet family.

We were treated to a tour of the chalet – the first World Centre of guiding which was built in 1932 – and had plenty of time to do badge swapping and the all-important retail therapy in the chalet shop.

Back home for a quick shower and then out on another cable car ride to a mountain top restaurant for dinner.

The Swiss buffet was amazing – lots of choice of food, plenty for everyone including some Swiss specialities and fantastic puddings.

Our group’s entertainment was a song, to the tune of the Lonely Goatherd, dedicated to our wonderful bus drivers.

Other groups were there from Northumberland, Berkshire, Wales and Cambridgeand I’m not sure they quite knew what to make of us all!

A rousing sing-song on the bus as we came down the mountain  rounded off a great evening.