Thursday, 9 April 2015

Monsieur Le Clapton et La Colonel....

Bonjour mon amis...oh...er...I am still speaking French after my week away in France....we went to Les Arcs for some R&R and a bit of my favourite hobby...skiing....

....we always drive to France....I was very keen to get going...we seemed to be sitting in the drive fro ages before the car started...

....but soon we were at the Eurotunnel...and we were the first car on the train!! Right at the front.....and we even got to tweet from inside the tunnel, under the sea because the magic of technology now gives a phone signal all the way to France....

...France has hundreds of places to stop on their motorways....we stopped to buy some dinner for later....

...we drove as far as Reims...before dinner...the Colonel and I nabbed the top bunk in the small hotel we stayed at.....

...and we were up VERY EARLY the next morning as we still had 500 miles to drive....

...which meant another motorway stop for breakfast before 7am (which was really 6am in UK time....YAAAAWN)....

....another stop later in the day to buy sunglasses!....

...and our first sighting of the mountains and the snow in Albertville...the site of the 1992 Winter Olympics....

...and before we knew it we were in Les Arcs and enjoying the last of the afternoon from our balcony overlooking the village.....

...the Colonel and I fitted Helmet Cam so the family could record some exciting footage out on the slopes.....

...we did some careful route planning too because its easy to get lost.....

..and we made sure that the fresh bread and pastries were ordered each evening for delivery warm and fresh to our door each morning....

.....a final check of the day's route over croissant.....

...the Colonel and I took it in turns to go out on the slopes...the Colonel was very good at steering the party to a suitable restaurant every day for lunch....a hearty meal for hungry skiers...

....and of course making sure that the typist was correctly fuelled for the day....

....he even tried the odd run himself.....

....thew weather wasn't particularly brilliant...we had snow most days and that makes it a bit difficult to ski because its hard to see the slopes in the flat light....

....but it did not stop us finding a warm watering hole of we needed one....*makes resolution to move to France permanently*....

.....careful planning makes for the perfect holiday....

..see?...fresh every day...the Colonel knows that an army marches on its stomach.....

..i made sure I did a weather forecast every day....

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....the Colonel enjoyed the wide open spaces....

...but the queues at the lifts less so....

....he toured Les Arcs making sure all of the equipment was correctly stored and presented...an army cannot afford to lose equipment....

...preparation, preparation, preparation....

....*more snow*.....*sigh*.....

....only one thing for it then....

....we made sure we conducted our annual survey of the salami...our pals in the #BTPosse depend on us for this....

....i wasn't sure if I should drink it or swim across it....

...on one sunny morning we did make it all the way down the mountain to our favourite restaurant....the snow ran out about a hundred yards from the door though and we had to walk the last bit in our ski boots.... 

...the Colonel had us lined up for drill every day of course....tennnnnnnnn hut!....

...while he helped William "prepare"....an army marches on nutella and banana pancakes..apparently...

..although to be fair to him it did seem to be snowing every time he went outside....

....but he did get to ride the lifts...



.....he did get to meet an astronaut....

...it was much sunnier when ever I went out....here I am in the cable car to the highest mountain in the village....

...I even got to eat lunch outside!.....

 ...and even do some skiing!....



...and all too soon we were on our way home...that is a two-day drive too so the Colonel and I were glad to have a soft bed after a long day in the car....

.....so may stops on the motorway....

...but soon we were back under the Channel and heading for home....

....Miss Lola was happy to have us back....

Friday, 20 March 2015

Sporting Life

Hello my friends....we had an excite ng weekend of sport last weekend....now, as you know, we do get out on our bikes quite a bit from BT HQ and I do enjoy a week on the slopes with my skis....imagine my delight when typist told me that we had booked a late ski holiday as the snow had finally decided to appear after taking some time off over Christmas...

....so we fired up Clapton's Taxi and took off to Snow & Rock to buy some skis and boots for William...who has finally stopped growing long enough to merit his own kit.....

...here we are in Chertsey....first in the car park at 9am to be first into the queue for boot fitting...it can be quite  along affair and this means we don't have to wait all day to get served....*yaaaaawn*...

....its a big store....which means I had to drag typist out of the bike section and over to the skis so he could help.....

....maybe this year I could be a "boarder" terrier?....BOL.....(*jokes courtesy of my pal Bonnie from twitter)

....and one thing I definitely don't want this year is cold paws....these should do nicely.....as a sleeping bag....

....Willam's new boot...don't worry...we did remember to buy a pair of them.....quite snug and warm in here....

...and in the afternoon after a quick bite to eat typist and I headed off to London on the train.....SOMEONE forgot to brush my fur before we went out though.....

....we were at the legendary Twickenham Stadium to see England play Scotland at rugby.....

....before the game I advised the England coach on selection....we will field 15 @winstonwoofs.....

...we mingled with the crowds outside the West Gate.....

....we mingled with the toffs eating prawns and sipping champagne in their tailgating party in the Twickenham Village.....

....and eventually we took our seats...see how close to the pitch we are? WOW....here are the teams warming up before the match....

....I am wearing my red rose for England.....

....here are the teams in the middle of the match...which England won....and after the game I was lucky enough to shake paws with former England skipper Lewis Moody....his paws are very large....

....quite the terrier our Mr Moody.....
.....after an exciting and busy day it was nice to get home to Miss Lola at BT HQ....

Clapton...at the bottom of the ruck....