The Matterhorn

I may have mentioned it before, but my dad was in the Royal Navy and he travelled the world (Brazil, South Africa, Australia, Japan) by boat.  But it wasn’t until he was in his 80’s that he stepped onto a plane.  (My mum had only done that a few years earlier too).  So we had to show them the sights… 🙂

6 Mum and Dad, Gornergrat, nr Zermatt

Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau

The day after I ran the Jungfrau marathon, the skies were overcast.  But the TV in our hotel room showed blue skies on the Shilthorn webcam.  So off we went… 🙂

I cannot lay claim to this image however, as Judith took it on her SLR camera (which is probably why the sky is such a deep blue).  It remains one of our favourite images ever.

5 Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau from the Shilthorn

Lightning strike

When we lived in Mont Pèlerin, we often witnessed storms over Lac Leman (Lake Geneva) and I was lucky enough to capture this image one late afternoon.  The strikes were quite regular and I took this on about my 8th attempt.  I tried another 100 times, but failed.  (It was only later I realised that I could maybe have used the multi-image ‘Sport’ mode!)

4 Lightning Strike, Lac Léman (Lake Geneva)

Verbier

This photo is of my two daughters, on the slopes, in Verbier.  They preferred to learn to snowboard rather than ski.  But the one thing I would warn anyone about, whether skiing or snowboarding, is ALWAYS wear sunglasses or some form of eye protection.  Unfortunately, we learnt the hard way!

2 Sarah and Jo, Boarding in Verbier

Happy New Year everyone!

A very happy new year to all my followers and indeed anyone stumbling across this post by accident!  I hope you all have a wonderful and healthy 2018.

Tomorrow, I shall be jetting off Down Under to see my elder daughter, Joanne in Melbourne.  I’ll be away for a little over 3 weeks, collecting more material for this blog of course, so please forgive me if I don’t Comment upon, or Like, many posts while I’m away.

BUT, I wouldn’t want to leave you without an image, or two, to keep you entertained… And I’ve been thinking about changing my approach to some posts, to make it (perhaps) more interesting.  So here is the first in a series of my favourite ‘archive’ photos, all (except one) were taken in Switzerland sometime before 2010…

The Chateau D’Oex Balloon festival takes place every year in January/February.  As you can see I struck lucky with the weather. 🙂

1 Chateau D'Oex Balloon Festival

Skiing in Nax

I think it’s fair to say (if I haven’t said this already before) that Judith and I are fair weather skiers.  Last year, the conditions were not great so we didn’t go skiing at all.  However, the forecast for yesterday was good and it was the opening day of the season for the Nax ski resort, so it just had to be done.  I should add that Judith and I are not the greatest skiers in the world but, with views like this (and as you will observe, a definite lack of people), it’s a fabulous way to spend the day.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years. 🎄🎁 Cheers! 🍻

The Grand Old ‘Uke’ of York

I got a Christmas card from my mate Andy the other day.  Nothing unusual in that you might think but, intriguingly, it contained a reference to a Youtube link, with no explanation as to what it was.

Now, I should add that I worked with Andy, waaaaay back when, for what was then called Rowntree’s in York (England).  He was one of our regular “Lunchtime runners” and a good runner he was too.  His best marathon time was around the 2h 30min mark.  Though, curiously, during training, he would often be at the back and leave Pete, Liam, Dave, Tim, Colin and I to battle it out in a sprint finish.  But put him on the start line of a race and he was gone!  Anyway, he got fed up of the corporate life and he left to teach people how to play the guitar.

Clearly his repertoire extends to the Ukelele too, as he and some friends have banded together to produce this (rather excellent I have to say) video below, which features many of my old haunts in York, including the Shambles, the Black Swan, the Theatre Royal, the Minster and Bootham Bar (that’s one of four fortified entrances to the city by the way, not a pub!)

For info. Andy, is the one in the natty, Fairisle jumper and playing the ukelele in front of the roaring fire.  Enjoy!

Ready for a white Christmas…

Judith and I have just returned from our annual pre-Christmas tour, visiting our families in the UK.  While we were away, more snow has fallen (meaning more snow clearing!) so, with the temperatures staying low, we are guaranteed a white Christmas here in Evolène.

All the local hoteliers (and we indeed) are happy that the ‘white gold’ has arrived as the last 3 years have been pretty bare (in the valley at least).  Both the downhill and cross country pistes are now all prepared, so let the fun begin… 🙂