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hail update & get ready for the léproserie

Meursault-Blagny...

 La Léproserie de Meursault… So, late yesterday afternoon we had the first hail of the growing season. I linked Thibault Morey’s hail video (on Facebook) yesterday, and today I spoke with some growers and looked at the vines. The spread of hail was a little wider than was first reported (by me), with vines also […]

magical castles (on the heathrow flightpath…)

magical castles (on the heathrow flightpath…)

And Liz was at home…

malham cove…

malham cove…

About 40 minutes after the hail! All the seasons in one day in Malham – of-course!

bolton abbey / devonshire arms

bolton abbey / devonshire arms

The Devonshire Arms is a very nice location and with a great restaurant and cellar too – and the occasion? – a birthday. Our usual sommelier was absent and so half of the bottles I outlined couldn’t be found(!) but the service and friendliness remained impeccable. For the record, the very well priced Mugneret-Gibourg 1999 […]

whitby, mainly…

whitby, mainly…

But with a hint of Robin Hood’s Bay and a suggestion of Filey…

sunday lunch…

sunday lunch…

Sunday is our last day in the mountains – and its snowing again. Up (somewhere!) on the hill above Klosters is a nice restaurant and you can sledge back to the town if you like. I don’t know about the sledge, but I’m up for lunch 😉

moving on…

moving on…

On the third day I ditched the ‘langlauf’ skis! I’d pretty much stopped falling over – except when I couldn’t snow-plow those tiny skis on icy snow – but was frustrated by all the ‘skaters’ zooming past me. I was too slow, and a little bored! But the next day was gorgeously pretty in the […]

to be classic, or not to be classic…

to be classic, or not to be classic…

Well, I have to stave of boredom, despite being in the spectacularly pretty mountains. Okay not that pretty today due to cloud and snow! So if I can’t do downhill, what about cross-country? And then the vexed question of skating or ‘classic.’ I decide that I’m the classic type and take a lesson – I’ve […]

oups!

oups!

Regular readers will be aware that each year in January I disappear for what I like to call ski-training before doing a downhill race in Mürren. Well, about 10 days ago, jogging at night in Chablis, I failed to observe a chain between two massive ‘plant-pots’ – I hit the ground hard and fast, and […]

back to the snow…

back to the snow…

A week away from Chablis and ouf! – snow 🙂 Definitely not a skiing day – rather a train-ride a nice Italian lunch and the impressively cool spa of Samedan…

weekend walks…

weekend walks…

Okay, last weekend was Emmental, this week it was Graubunden. Yesterday it was beautiful, Saturday and today not so! Tomorrow it’s a tasting in London – ouf!

more bottles, more hills…

more bottles, more hills…

One advantage of having a house full of Kiwis – pre vintage – is that there are plenty of bottles to be opened and sights to see.

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