Author Archives: Alun

Orri and Icebergs

An orri is an ancient shelter built for shepherds from dry stones with a rock roof, then covered in vegetation. An iceberg is not. Booked in to the Refuge Fourcat for two nights we walked in past the dams from … Continue reading

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Vultures Next Meal

There seemed to be a lot of vulture activity around the Port de Salau the other day. Then we realised there were a crowd (I don’t know the collective noun for vultures – chorus maybe) of them on the grass … Continue reading

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Moj Clare and Vic

We had a delightful couple of nights and a wonderful walk with Clare Vic and their dog Moj. Breezy was at Uni with Clare and the 3 of them decided to pay us a visit. On our full day we … Continue reading

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Gooseberry and Elderflower Jam

The last time we made gooseberry jam it came out more like some industrial adhesive suitable for use underwater for repairing oil rigs. Though there may have been a market for it we had insufficient sully to meet the probable … Continue reading

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Cascade d’Ars

Yesterday was another scorcher and although the garden is getting more frazzled each day, it is perfect walking and exploring weather. We set off from Alus les Bains and took the GR10 for the first time to get to Cascade … Continue reading

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Pic Montgarie from Col de la Core

It was a scorching hot day and Lee and Suze picked us up from the bridge in Seix and took us up to Col de le Core. The initial plan was a walk and catchup with a dip in a … Continue reading

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Strimtastic

So we are back at the barn after an amazing trip to Madagascar. There has been rain here virtually non stop since we left. I think the courgette and cucumber plants drowned and the grass around the buildings is knee … Continue reading

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Mushrooms and Wild Boar

Another winter season in Chamonix is over and the next adventures begin.  With a heavily laden van and a stow away from Chamonix in the back seat we drove down to Salau.  The passenger was hopping a lift down to … Continue reading

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Distant Relatives

Breezy’s Aunt and Uncle from came all the way from Australia and stayed with us at the barn for 3 nights. Frank & Judith braved the outdoor shower and the food for the duration. Adventures included; rabbit, chicken and chorizzo … Continue reading

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Final furlong

We are now into the last couple of weeks before we head off to Italy on a road trip.  We have got loads done this summer even with our reduced time here.  There is, however, an increasing list of things … Continue reading

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