Nothing is Lost. – RIP

My dear sister A passed away after her 50th Birthday we celebrated together a few weeks ago.. I went back home to celebrate her life these last few days!!

Death is nothing at all

I have only slipped away into the next room

I am I and you are you

Whatever we were to each other

That we are still

Call me by my old familiar name

Speak to me in the easy way you always used

Put no difference into your tone

Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow

Laugh as we always laughed

At the little jokes we always enjoyed together

Play, smile, think of me, pray for me

Let my name be ever the household word that it always was

Let it be spoken without effort

Without the ghost of a shadow in it

Life means all that it ever meant

It is the same as it ever was

There is absolute unbroken continuity

What is death but a negligible accident?

Why should I be out of mind

Because I am out of sight?

I am waiting for you for an interval

Somewhere very near

Just around the corner

All is well.

Nothing is past; nothing is lost

One brief moment and all will be as it was before

How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!

Canon Henry Scott-Holland, 1847-1918, Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral

We all knew it would be the last celebration of the 5 of us at her Birthday!

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hikers corner.. Buchille, Ireuse, Neflon

My hike started in Baum very early. I made my way up to ‘Les Chalets’. Behind the little village I had to make my way to the ‘Col de Buchille’ which was the lowest point of the mountain range ahead on the left!!

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I walked down the back to the alpage known as Chalets Buchille

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From there I made my way up to Ireuse and had this amazing view of the mountains  ireusep1

I walked on to ‘Neflon en haut’. This beautiful little church is found there.

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From there I made my way down to Seytrouset before heading back to Baum..

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Just a weekend…. in SA

Last weekend I did a flying visit to South Africa for my sister’s 50th.. I stayed a night in Johannesburg and 2 nights near Bloemfontein on another sister’s farm.

I watched a beautiful sunrise

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I was shocked by the really dry winter they have.. I had forgotten!!

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I watched the sun’s last rays colour the trees at sunset

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It was great to see my sisters.. We are 5 girls…. bloemp2

Summer hikes, Chalet de Lens, Lac Tavaneuse, Ardents

I do as many hikes a week as I can in my unfortunately unbusy life.. The upside of no guests is beautiful mountain views and paths!!! This hike was about 6 hours of walking at a fairly fast pace!!!

I went up through trees until you come to a bowl with some Shepard chalets called Chalet de Lens..

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I then climbed up to col de Tavaneuse before heading down the other side to Lac Tavaneuse.

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Up the other side and a beautiful ramble to Chalet d’Ardents.

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Down to refuge des Tinderets and finally heading home up via Col de Couti and fields of beautiful flowers!!

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Tour Des Anges… Lavender trust…

Last weekend 14 wonderful ladies set off on a 4 day hike in the Alps to raise money and awareness for young women with breast cancer. They walked 52km and climbed a daunting total of 4250m. They raised over EUR9 000.00 for the The Lavender Trust which raises money specifically to fund Breast Cancer Care’s innovative range of information and support services for younger women.

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They walked through beautiful scenic routes.

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They slept for 2 nights in mountain accommodation and the 3rd night the families all joined in for a sleep in tents in the mountain.

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It was organised and seconded by these 2 very special ladies; Sharon and Antonio.

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and probably one of the very few times you didn’t mind your husbands or boyfriends face tangled up in someone else’s bras!!!!

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If you want to know more… Visit this page.. http://www.justgiving.com/tourdesanges

Right hand less!!!

I have been right hand less for a couple of weeks having had a tendon op. I could just become ambidextrous!!! This means no driving or carrying anything for 6 weeks…

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The thumb and index finger can now play on a computer keyboard, thank goodness… and when the weather is good, which has been rare, I walk!!

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2 days… 2 seasons… OMW

On the 1st of May I decided to head down the valley for a walk.. Drove 5 km’s and then headed out of foot.. From St Jean D’Aulps Village… Past the Abbaye d’Aulps

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Walked to Baume village, up the other side and then looked back on this beautiful view of Baume church and the Jotty dam

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and then on to Seytroux, admiring the beautiful spring countryside before walking back up the valley along the river!!

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The next day I decided to drive 5 kms up the valley and walk to Col du Cou with snow shoes on. I walked passed Fitterolles and the Fitterolles cross

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I walked through an amazing white wilderness with no one around for 4 hours

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looked out over Switzerland

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and returned back to Lac Min d’Or where there was a little life!! Some ducks and a very serious fisherman…

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Can you believe the difference in seasons just a few kilometres apart between up and down the valley!!

Left behind when the season ends!!

There is something so final about the day the ski lifts close for the season.. In fact it creeps up on us slowly as in the last 3 weeks resorts all around one by one start closing and All that’s left for the final week is Avoriaz… Even during that final week certain runs are closed and due to avalanches falling more runs close and then finally it’s Sunday.. The last day!!!

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And what a miserable day out there it was. The first runs had us rising above the clouds into blue blue skies before the mist set in and visibility was minimum. Thank Goodness for the champagne breakfast organised by a friend at the bottom of the run with scrambled egg and salmon, jams, cheeses and croissants. I did go back up and being led by the blind I did quite a few more runs… Just one more for the road, – absolute final, – another one for the road and so it went on!!

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I remember skiing with some guests on one occasion and after the first few runs the clouds descended.. I had to get them to their lunch restaurant and thank goodness I had practise in no visibility.. OMW one guest went off piste over the side unintentionally, was found and we made it to Chez Babeth.

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It was the first time ever I spent the whole afternoon wining and dining!! Not so much of the wining for me as I still had to get the 6 of them after plenty wining, skiing down the last slope surrounded by thick cloud and snow falling!!

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And then more than half of Morzine departs.. All the seasonaires leave.. Half the Chalet owners return to England. Most the shops and restaurants close for their annual holidays and here a few of us get left behind.. 1 week down the line and I just wish I had guests to keep me company!!!

I have managed a few walks round the lake and watched the ice melting on a daily basis..

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The fisherman are already out there

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and some spring flowers are bringing colour that looks so amazing after months of WHITE, Blue skies and brown.

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We now wait for summer activities to start!!

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