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“That’s what we were looking for: a house in the country, a friendly and cosy village, lots of nature all around and time for the children”

Louis bursts into the room, his red cheeks contrasting with the dull autumn afternoon outside: “Mum, we’re building a den from leaves! Can we have something to eat?” Corinne Lohri laughs, brushes the leaves from the hallway and brings the children something to eat.

“Louis and Nora spend so much time outside – in our garden, round at the neighbours’ children, with us in the woods or at the playground. Last summer we hardly saw the inside of our house. We were outside all the time – the weather was just so nice” Corinne Lohri raves and looks out at the patio where a second heap of leaves is piling up. “That’s what we were looking for: a house in the country, a friendly and cosy village, lots of nature all around and time for the children.”

Love at first sight
After Louis was born, Corinne and Lukas Lohri started looking for a house in the country: “We wanted a new build, where we had the chance to decide the specifications, and it had to be an easy commute to our jobs in the Zurich area.”, Corinne Lohri explains. “We fell in love with this house as soon as we saw it – and we immediately felt very at home in Dörflingen.” She still works as a medical statistical analyst in Bülach, part-time, and works from home some of the time. Lukas is a paramedic in the emergency services and works in Zurich. The commute to work isn’t an issue for either of them. On the contrary: Lukas uses the time to re-focus after a hectic shift at work and to look forward to having a rest at home. Five-year old Louis and three-year old Nora attend a nursery when their parents are at work.
 

“We fell in love with this house as soon as we saw it – and we immediately felt right at home in Dörflingen.”

Corinne Lohri

Fruit and vegetables from their own garden 
The Lohri family has been living here now for around 4 years – and they never want to leave. Over the past couple of years, the vegetable garden has grown and grown, the first fruit trees have cropped and the long summer delivered a generous quantity of sweet-tasting raspberries from the garden. The erstwhile city-dwellers have also taken to life in the village: Lukas is a member of the local volunteer fire service, Corinne attends to toddlers and children’s gymnastics and enjoys being able to walk to the sports hall and having a chat with the other mothers, whilst the children blow off steam.

There are a lot of young families in Dörflingen, with children the same age as Louis and Nora, so making new contacts happens relatively quickly. And then there are the many horses, sheep, chickens and cows to say hello to – and that’s also now part of everyday life for the Lohri kids. All rather different to life in a big city!

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