September 8, 2019
Michael read my posting from yesterday. Of course, he knew the rank of the man taking the salute at the tattoo. The male officer was a brigadier general (one star) and she was a sergeant. She was so attentive to his needs.
I love lazy rainy days in Unterseen.
My Mönch and Jungfrau are totally covered in fog. If it is raining here at the Guest House, it must be snowing up there.
Looking at Schynige Platte, I see the clouds swiftly moving toward Lake Thun. The clouds are a mix of colors ranging from white to a medium gray. If you check back in a few minutes, the clouds have changed colors, thickness and the speed which they float by. Is that a break in the clouds?
The window is open and I can smell smoke from a wood burning stove. Reminds me of my childhood. A touch of Fall is in the air.
Rain is hitting the metal roof. Plink, plink, plink, plink.... a slow steady rhythm is keeping up.
If you look out the window at the koi pond below, you can see concentric circles in the water.
Michael arrived after midnight so he is pretty tired today. On days like this, we enjoy taking a boat ride on one of the lakes and drinking a hot chocolate while enjoying the scenery.
Took the train to Thun and hopped on the boat back to Interlaken. This is the inlet out to the main lake.
A day like today calls for hot chocolate. Do not confuse it with OVO (Ovaltine) which they also serve.
The smell of chocolate when we opened the packet was so strong!! The aroma carried a long distance.
Nothing goes better with hot chocolate than a bretzeli biscuit from Kambly.
Ovaltine (Ovomaltine) is a brand of milk flavoring product made with malt extract (except in the blue packaging in the United States), sugar (except in Switzerland), and whey. Some flavors also have cocoa. Ovaltine, a registered trademark of Associated British Foods, is made by Wander AG, a subsidiary of Twinings, which acquired the brand from Novartis in 2002, except in the United States, where Nestlé acquired the rights separately from Novartis later on.
Ovaltine was developed in Bern, Switzerland, where it is known by its original name, Ovomaltine (from ovum, Latin for "egg", and malt, which were originally its main ingredients). Soon after its invention, the factory moved out to the village of Neuenegg, a few kilometers west of Bern, where it is still produced.
Ovomaltine was exported to Britain in 1909. A misspelling of the name on the trademark registration application led to the name being shortened to Ovaltine in English-speaking markets. A factory was built in Kings Langley, which exported it to the United States as well. By 1915, Ovaltine was being manufactured in Villa Park, Illinois, for the U.S. market. Ovaltine was later manufactured in Peterborough, Ontario, for distribution in Canada.
Originally advertised as consisting solely of "malt, milk, eggs, flavored with cocoa", the formulation has changed over the decades, and today several formulations are sold in different parts of the world. In India and UK, it no longer contains eggs.
The popular chocolate malt version is a powder which is mixed with hot or cold milk as a beverage. Malt Ovaltine (a version without cocoa) and Rich Chocolate Ovaltine (a version without malt) are also available in some markets. Ovaltine has also been available in the form of chocolate, chocolate Easter eggs, parfait, cookies, and breakfast cereals.