mercredi 27 février 2013
samedi 23 février 2013
A trip to London to see Pina Bausch's "Vollermond" at Sadler's Wells Theatre (Susie's birthday present from me). We also went to the National Gallery to escape the cold, wandered around Covent Garden and ate at Jamie's Italian Restaurant (Jamie Oliver's chain of restaurants).
We stopped over with Andy and Emma in East Dulwich, who treated us to an amazing breakfast.
mardi 19 février 2013
I can't remember the last time I spent a whole day in bed through illness, but this flu virus is really vile and has wiped me out (as it had already to Susie and the kids). Managed to get some fresh air today - and although it's miraculously stopped raining and there's even a glimmer of blue sky, it's still cold and damp.
samedi 16 février 2013
vendredi 15 février 2013
lundi 11 février 2013
Another 20cm overnight but managed to get away safely to the airport. 420cm lying on the ground at the Port d'Aula weather station and plenty more to come at that altitude (2100m). It's an exceptional snow year.
dimanche 10 février 2013
samedi 9 février 2013
As the weather and visibility didn't look promising at Guzet and with so much snow here I decided to make a ski tour from the house. I left ski's on feet and on reaching La Bordasse headed up Joubac. It's a modest 1069m high but there's a good descent and the powder was oh so deep and light! Skinning up for the first time was hard work - breaking trail through deep snow, but subsequent ascents on the same skin track were much easier.
Problems with the ageing GoPro headcam so alas no videos (think I fixed it now).
I made four complete descents, the final one ending up at Serge and Danni's house for a coffee!
No problems with the recently broken foot or remembering how to ski!
Leaving the house skis on feet
Arrival at the summit
The amazing views (note wind sock in photo above, it's a high mountain airstrip in summer)
Nearing the top for descent number four
Still snowing here tonight and more forecast over coming days! An update on works here, Jasper's room complete except for some painting and Ruby's should be in the same state by bedtime. The Utility is now almost finished too.
vendredi 8 février 2013
Visibility looking very poor at Guzet tomorrow so a plan is forming to make a ski tour from the front door : )
jeudi 7 février 2013
A lull this afternoon before the next 36 hour storm hits. A couple of feet everywhere and now a cool 3.6m at 2100m. I put on the snowshoes to visit John and Sandrine and take a quick wander.
Where did the road go?
As the snowplough didn't come until 4.00pm escape was impossible so I've also pressed on with progressing Jasper and Ruby's bedrooms and sanding the beams in the kitchen. Getting to Pont to complete some minor works there and replacing the car's kingpin bearings is looking less and less likely, as more heavy snow is forecast for tonight and tomorrow.
snow encrusted windows
Well over the wellies
mercredi 6 février 2013
mardi 5 février 2013
lundi 4 février 2013
samedi 2 février 2013
After a rushed MOT on the car this morning (all well), Dom, Susie and I made the most of some rare sun. It's a consequence of the high pressure system that is currently dumping more snow on the Pyrenees (where I'll be on Monday).
Cold in the icy breeze but good to see the sun. We also saw a huge seal, but alas he decided to dive when I reached for the camera.
A 25m high navigation tower