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Doesn’t time fly when you are having fun?

Well, I have just returned from another trip – this time to Switzerland.¬† Zurich to be precise. Schindellegi to be even more precise. It’s a small town sitting above Lake Zurich. Very pretty but unfortunately shrouded in fog most of the time I was there. I knew the lake was there but didn’t see it from the town until the last evening when the sun came out and the lake appeared miraculously from the mist. My friend and I visited Rapperswill which was a very beautiful old medieval town on the lake with an avenue of wonderfully weird pollarded chestnut trees along the water’s edge. We also went to see the astonishingly beautiful Benedictine Abbey of Einsiedeln which is ornately decorated with frescoes and stucco work inside.

We went to Crans Montana for the weekend. On a map it looks as if it is about an hour away until you realise that there is a huge mountain range in the way and the journey actually takes 3 1/2 hours but as always it is well worth the trip. The sun came out and the views from up the mountain across the Rhone Valley are quite breath taking. Here is a slide show of my favourite Swiss images from my Flickr photographs. You are spared the image of me head first in a bank of snow after parting company with my toboggan, as fortunately, no-one had a camera to hand….

Happy blog birthday to me!

While I was away, my blog celebrated its 3rd birthday. Although it is a shadow of its former self (when I started, I blogged every day and continued to do so for about 18 months or so) it soldiers on and I suppose as long as there are enough of you good people prepared to read it (for which I thank you very much indeed), I will continue. It does provide a wonderful excuse to down tools and think back over my week and decide what is worth remembering, noting down and even cherishing. Looking back over this blog I am reminded of music, films, videos, news, cartoons and illustrations that I would have long forgotten about (what with my memory being as shot away as it seems to be) so it functions as a superior ‘aide-memoir’ if nothing else! I do appreciate those of you who take time out to visit and comment on my posts.

On this note, here are a couple of things that have pleased me this week, one is a great track from Blur that perfectly describes how my life seems to be – whizzing past at a rate of knots, (March already?!) with the great danger that I don’t take time to stop and ‘smell the roses’. (Thanks to ‘Papersurfer’ for reminding me of it)

I watched the movie ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’ again this weekend and fell in love with Javier Bardem all over again. The man is a god. (He is also the second most popular search term that people use to find my blog so no harm in mentioning him again, is there?) And the answer is – yes. I would be off to Oviedo like a shot….

While I’m at it, I might as well mention THE most popular search term is……*drum roll* …..Sylvie Guillem. She is quite simply stunning. Enough said, see for yourself. Russel Maliphant is pretty amazing too…

Maybe I should just turn this into a ‘celebrity news’ blog and be done with it. Or shall I just talk about George Clooney over and over again? (Cue gratuitous photograph of the man himself…)

Back in the real world, my gorgeous god-daughter visited this weekend to discuss the wedding album I am going to make for her and her husband. We looked through nearly 900 wedding photographs trying to decide which should go into the album – not an easy task. Then we had to choose materials to match her wedding stationery. I am now on a mission to get the website I am working on finished so I can begin her album. So having had my ‘timeout’ for today, I am going to get back to work after a thoroughly self indulgent post…

Head first down a mountain…


My ex and my precious Number 2 son have been in St.Moritz in Switzerland. I got a phone call to say that they had both just done the Cresta Run, a three-quarter of a mile long ice run which drops 514 feet, has 10 very testing corners and gradients from 1 in 2.8 to 1 in 8.7. Apparently, you hurl yourself down the run, headfirst on something resembling a tea-tray at speeds which can reach 80-100km/hour. It’s called (gulp) Skeleton.


By the time I heard about their activities, my ex had a been down once and said it was the scariest 79 seconds of his life, whereas Number 2 son, loved it and went down 7 times – his best time being under 54 seconds. Here is a taster of what it is like.

I am so glad that I didn’t know about this before it happened as I would have been scared to death on their behalf. As it is, a couple of days later, apparently a very experienced chap went down the run and arrived at the end, minus a foot. He had some sort of hideous accident on the way down. I just hope my adrenalin-junkie son thinks twice about doing things like this again but I doubt it. He is very reckless brave and adores winter sports especially skiing. Every time he comes back from skiing trips with his friends, he shows me little videos they take of each other doing scary jumps at great speed. Frightens me to death.

I have no idea where he gets his love of skiing from, as I am the world’s most cautious person and hate skiing (as does my ex) but I suppose we didn’t learn when we were young enough to feel indestructible. Both my sons love it – Number 1 son enjoys snowboarding. I am brilliant at √†pres ski though, and have accompanied many of my friends on skiing holidays quite happily :-)

Talking of snow (very dodgy segue coming up) if you remember my polar bear episodes recently, well I came across this and just had to post it.