La Sage via Volovron

A few years ago, almost to the day, Arthur and Michelle went for a walk up behind our chalet, which ended up with them wading through almost a metre (3 feet) of snow.  So today they repeated that walk but, this time, without the snow.  As they knew the route already, I left them to it, so below are Arthur’s pictures of their walk.


La Forclaz (VS) to Ferpècle Walk

As you may be aware, the Swiss are renowned for their timing and sticking to the rules.  So the road from La Forclaz to Ferpècle was closed as usual, at the end of November, despite there being no snow.

In a way this was good news for our visitors, Arthur and Michelle.  They had always visited when the snow was deep on the ground and never had the opportunity to walk up to Ferpècle.   So it was that we set off, in near zero temperatures but glorious sunshine, along the empty road…

Merry Christmas everyone!

I guess many of you will not be having a white Christmas this year (like us in fact).  So I thought I’d dig out some old, snowy pictures for you to enjoy during this festive period.  All of the pictures below were taken somewhere in Switzerland.  One of them was taken in August and I’ll let you play a little family game and guess which one that might be.  (Maybe I should offer a prize and perform a draw like Paula at Neveradullbling.  If I get enough replies, I surely will.  🙂 )

I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank you all for following my posts throughout the year and wish you and your families a very, VERY happy Christmas and a blogful new year.   🙂

Of course, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a song.  So here is my offering – which was filmed in Saas Fee, in the Valais region of Switzerland.   Enjoy!

Tsalet de La Cretta (Walk 17, adapted)

I think I owe you all an apology.  The weather in the Valais region of Switzerland has been wall to wall sunshine for the past 2 weeks, but I’ve not been out walking once.  Why?  Well,
a) I did go out running a few times (but not with my camera)
b) Jude and I have done a little Christmas shopping (but the Sion and Conthey shops are not THAT interesting to create a post) and
c) I’ve been scanning my dad’s hand-typed memoirs into digital form and then editing them.  We hope to turn it into a book sometime soon, though it’ll not go on general sale.

So today I decided to get some fresh air and did the short walk up from La Farquès to Tsalet de la Cretta, where there’s an interesting and quite photogenic group of buildings.   When I set off, the air temperature was hovering around the freezing point, so a lot of the water was still frozen.  I hope you also enjoy the walk via these images.