85. Daytime telly inspires Autumn road trip

Our house is full of old ornaments, mirrors, furniture etc that could be described by some as quirky, charming and off beat and by others as tat. This is because Joy is never happier than when she is poking around flea markets, charity shops and car boot sales. Especially foreign ones. Understandably, one of her […]

68. Says his name’s Basil but I think he’s having a laugh.

A friend has recently announced her pregnancy and she joked that if it was a boy she might call him Basil. I told her that there was only one country in the world where the name is not met with utter derision and that is France. So, to test my theory, when the ‘barista’ in […]

65. The best 63 euros I have ever spent on a ski trip.

When I first started to ski I learnt the basics fairly quickly and fell in love with the sport immediately. The refinements like proper turning, planting your pole correct stance etc all took a lot longer and, as all I wanted was to have fun in the snow, I got exasperated when people tried to […]

64. No snow at Christmas in Venosc for 3 years – what’s happening to the white gold?

Those small minded buffoons who deny that global warming is happening should speak to an old chap I met today in a cafe in Venosc. (When I say ‘old chap’ I mean he’s about my age, or just a bit younger.) He told me that as long he he could remember he has never been […]

63. A trip to the Alps in winter – lessons learned so far.

Setting off for the French Alps on Monday 2nd January I felt a bit apprehensive to say the least. As a rule I really felt that the Sick Bay was a warm weather vehicle. It’s always a pain when something goes wrong but if it’s nice and warm then it’s no more than a nuisance. […]

20. The largest naturist resort in the world…

We first went to Cap d’Agde over 40 years ago. We were on a naturist beach in St Tropez and met a couple from London who were travelling in a converted ambulance – not a VW but one of those traditional English ones. Joy and I were on a 125cc Yamaha and they suggested  we should drive […]