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Here's Radio Val's take on the season. Make a coffee, sit down and enjoy Little Angel

https://www.facebook.com/1130303713650017/videos/2051299961665867/
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Val competition dates announced...

https://www.ledauphine.com/savoie/2019/05/24/val-d-isere-on-connait-les-dates-du-criterium-de-la-premiere-neige
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kitenski - No not working the CWC but have a few tickets for them.... Eng v WI the big one I have a ticket for in a couple of weeks time - looking forward to that. However took Olivia to her first international match the other week when we were back in the UK - Eng v Pakistan at the Ageas in Southampton... the entertainments such as climbing wall, laser quest etc were more interesting for Olivia though... she did see Jos Butler hit his ton though!
bar shaker - sounds good... by the looks of things I will be in town then yes for beers. And that is a good video yes. And thanks for posting the dates for the World Cup in December - thanks - saved me a job there!
muppet - sounds lovely - sounds good!



Is that really a month!!

Well what a month it has been personally... there was a very enjoyable week over in VT - although the wind and cloud etc made it an interesting end of season thats for sure!

I rushed back from VT at it was pretty much straight into Clares 40th birthday party celebration time... she had decided to make herself a cake already not knowing that I had organised her one already so we had a LOT of cake floating about. Some members of Clares family came for a special meal out al together and we had a champagne fuelled meal at the Fondue Factory which was actually very good - last time tried eating there a couple of years ago we were not impressed but this time it was much better! Anyway after that we headed out for some drinks at Coin des Amie and had a lovely evening! However the crowning glory of the day was the cake that I had had commissioned... someone down in Moutiers made it for me at (not to bad) a great expensive!



So no sooner was that over and done with but it was Olivias birthday... so it was more cake fest and then the party etc... but anyone with small kids knows that the build up to the party and the clean up afterwards triples the time allocated to it physically and mentally! Anyway we hired with another of Olivias friend the new carousel merry-go-round thing in Tignes Le Lac next to the swimming pool "Lagon" - so it was very fun few hours watching the dozen kids or so go mental in there... and of course more cake - ha ha!



However with all good things something bad has to follow and that was the hell of doing my annual tax return! It is the same every year about 4/5 days of a LOT of coffee drinking and VERY little sleep but I got there in the end! Yay!

And then that lead nicely up to our annual trip back to the UK on holiday... only 10 days or so but what a time it was. There was visits into London, seeing all members of the family, spoiling meals you name it we did it and what a nice time we had! But anyway that all came to an end when we got back to Val about a week ago! Although we are off on a mini family break to Annecy later this week and then flying back to the UK next weekend for the weekend for a close friends wedding.

So lots of down time so far!

Meanwhile back here in Val it is of course the inter season which basically means everyone leaves town and everything closes but this year it is worse than that as the weather has been pretty horrid...

Firstly rightly at the end of the season there was the annual Val golf open and as you can see from the pic it was hardly golfing weather when they set off at breakfast time that morning!



For those who have ever ridden the Grand Pre lift then you will recognise the face in the middle of this pic... Gilles finally hung up his smiley attitude to working that lift (some 40 years working on the Grand Pre and Fountaine Froid lifts over the years - WOW - amazing respect) at the end of the season:



However not all smiles in the resort after someone was badly injured after their car left the road just outside the resort above the (very low water level at this time of the year) dammed lake. Oh dear but thankfully no deaths (somehow!)



And finally the work is ongoing to get the road up the Col open - a couple more weeks work on that front at least it should be!



Ill be back next month for more updates as to what is happening this end!

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Gilles was lovely and much loved by a lot of people
Always had a smile and always gave me a Fartherly arm when getting on the lift with
my much taller partner and son.
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@Steve Angus, pleased to see you’re getting some down time. Tell Clare we say Happy Birthday for her milestone- she still has a long way to go before she catches us up! Laughing
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Quite a month

Well it has been a long month and a lot seems to have happened in that time.

We had a great few days in Annexy camping with some OK weather but mainly some lovely family time, cycle rides, BBQ's and all things good! That was immediately followed by a long weekend in the UK for one of Clares best friends wedding. All the logistics went according to plan and we had a really nice few days with good weather.

After only a few days back in Val it was back to the UK for about 10 days. (Yes I have been jet-setting the last month!). This time the trip was a very different one. Effectively I spent 10 days getting things ready, packing, cancelling this and that, meetings with financial advisors and accountants etc... all with the aim of getting mum into a care home (now I am working on selling the family home from afar!). I did manage to fit in a couple of trips to watch some of the Cricket World Cup in Southampton and only lost one day due to bad weather but the other day was a great day seeing England win! Anyway now I have moved mum into a care home not a million miles away from my step sister (which is a fair distance from where she was living) and all seems to be going OK so far!

So that was a week ago and since then I have been back in Val and enjoying Summer. It has been hot and supposed to get hotter this week (before I head back to the UK later this week - a short visit to my mums old house to meet estate agents with regards selling the house and secondly to start 3 weeks of coach driving work across Europe).

Meanwhile in Val the main news is that the building works continue apace... the Col finally got opened up and the first cycling competition of the Summer took place yesterday. Meanwhile that Summer feeling is definitely here and it was over 30 here in town today. The actual Summer season does not start until this weekend but we are in that nice phase at the moment where it feels like Summer but it is not too busy yet (not that it ever really gets that busy here in the Summer!).

The next month for me revolves around mainly driving work... that is taking up 3 weeks... the other days are spent here in Val having some family time. Anyway I have a trip to the south of France near Bordeaux a couple of times as well as a trip to Lake Garda... that is what my schedule looks like!


The clearing work on the road up to the Col d'Iseran was a BIG job!


As the road is cleared the first few motorists were keen to drive over and towards Italy or vice-a-versa


The Summer ski season here in Val started a couple of weeks ago... it lasts a few weeks longer.


The first event of the Summer - the music fete was last Friday and that was followed by the first cycling comp...




muppet - agreed, he will be missed
ynnecha - ha ha thanks very much!

Anyway folks keep safe, enjoy Summer and see you in a month.

TTFN
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@muppet, Fine if you were a bloke. Skiing with the Tignes Ladies I always had to set on the right on the Grand pre......
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Work has finally begun on the Moris Pub.

Hoardings are up and the contractors have moved in.

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bar shaker wrote:
Work has finally begun on the Moris Pub.

Hoardings are up and the contractors have moved in.



Looks like a souvenir hunter has 'acquired' the 'M'.
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No there going to give it a lick of paint and replace the M with a B and all will be spiffingly fine Very Happy
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Surely it will fall over a cliff edge if they do that?
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You stole my thunder bar shaker as was going to do my monthly today and mention this - oh well ha ha!
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Another month passes

Well I can't believe a whole month has passed by and it has been another busy month!

The first 2/3 of it was based doing my coach driving work... I had a week in the south of France where the weather was very hot and it was a good week all in all! Then I had a fantastic week in Lake Garda Italy which was a long drive but there was a team of 4 of us on 2 coaches so it was quite a social week. It was a school music trip so we got to see some decent performances by the kids in the various places we visited! Anyway after that it was another week back down in the South of France so a far few miles run!

Interspersed with the trips to the continent I visited my mum in her new care home and sorted bits out with that - she seems to be settling nicely. I also managed to get her old house on the market although the market seems very flat at the moment - arghhh!

So a busy few weeks.

I have now been back in Val for about 10 days now and will be here for about the next 3 weeks before going back for another few weeks of driving stint. So it is really holiday times this end of course being school Summer hols. There are lots and lots of events happening all the time. Of course it was only a week ago that we had the Tour de France and debacle that turned out to be at the end of the day... but it was a good day non the less before that and the caravan coming through was cool too! It is also Summer Fete time at the moment too - we had the weekend last when there was the float display in the rain too, today was over in Tignes for a fete too... this coming weekend there is the arts and crafts markets and displays etc - it is a good couple of weekends of events here in the mountains!


This was not my daughter class but the class below her doing their music show I reported about last month!


The fishing season has started at the Ouillette - I dont suppose he just dropped his nett in the lake and caught all those in one swoop!!!


A microlight crashed atop the Bellevarde too - still dont know what caused it though!


This was actually last years photo but there was the electric car show in La Daille too


Although I dont think it ever made it onto the TV screens they painted the Fornet Cable yellow in honour of the Tour de France coming through town!


We have had our share of the bad weather (not only on Tour de France day either) including massive downpours, thunder and lightning!


Last weekends float display - the theme was 'rural French life'... in fact look closely and you will see me in the pic!


Of interest to us skiers they are trying to do some earth works on the verte piste down to the Folie Douce so the gradient is more gradual... but in typical french style the batteries for the earth working machines were removed by the owner of the Folie the other night as he was unhappy that lots of business might be lost as skiers ski past and miss the Folie and the gradient would make it hard to cut back right - talks are happening between the Marie and the Folie now - haha !


Today the Marmottes cable was being re-spliced as it has stretched by nearly 4m since it was put on the wheels all those years ago!!!!


The new Brussels Hotel on the snow front is starting to take shape now!

I think that is all for this month...

Hope everyone is well.

TTFN
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bar shaker wrote:
Work has finally begun on the Moris Pub.

Hoardings are up and the contractors have moved in.



Soon to be swanky apartments I'm sure. I wonder if they'll do live music anywhere else. Is there anywhere other than Cocorico and The Danois now for decent bands?


Whart are they doing to the Folie? It gets bigger every year! Funny about the owner objecting to the landscaping but I think that last pitch must be very scary for beginners - not exactly green.




I tried to find you in the photo Steve, is it you in the purple jacket and beige baaseball cap?
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Was the microlight (ULM) pilot OK, Steve?
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@Steve Angus, mixed feelings about the piste modelling on the verte. Making one side easier will be better for learners, not a bad thing as that pitch can get very choppy after a dump. Folie owner correct about people missing the turning, but the Folie has caused a lot of trouble over past few seasons (bouncers monitoring the bubble and confiscating alcohol from punters on the way up. Come one, this isn't bloody Benidorm) so I won't be sad to see it quieter. On the other hand, it will provide fewer opportunities for us regulars at Roses to laugh at the numpties cartwheeling down to La Daille after closing time.
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