Monday, 4 May 2015

This is what happens when not much is happening...

Hello my dear friends...thanks for being so patient with me and waiting for weeks since my last blog...anyhoo, we have not been up to much but here is a little glimpse behind the scenes at BT HQ....

.....last week the Colonel found himself at the train station with the typist.....

....he sensed a trip in the offing and made sure that there was s top to fill up the stores...the BT HQ battalion marches on its stomach....

.....all aboard!...the Eurostar to Brussels....

.....helping typist with the clues for the crossword...a way to pass the time on the long journey all the way to Amsterdam by evening....

....stopping in Brussels only to change trains....it was bit windy around the ears....

....the Colonel is not sure where the typist is going to sleep...

...not that they and much time for sleep...up at 5am UK time to catch the train.....

....to attend a very important meeting....inventing the bicycle?

.....but you don't get long and they were both back at HQ within 24 hours....

...a few days later William made us very proud by playing at the Royal Albert Hall in London....if you look closely at the middle of the picture that is him playing his bass at centre stage in the middle of the massed choirs...he is to the left of the white square at the middle of the photo....

...the grand finale to a wonderful evening....

...Miss Lola looks distinctly unimpressed...or maybe just a bit sleepy....

...anyhoo, she was much happier the next day when we bumped into our old friends @megandfrankbts on the heath....they all played very nicely...which is good progress for Miss Lola...

...on Friday we made sure the typist voted in the general election....the issues may not be black and white but everyone should make sure they vote one way or the other...(*we have a postal vote this year as he will be away on election day)...

...assisting with work...

...and most exciting of all we got exquisite packages in the post from our friend @mishelenous....

....look! It is a felt border terrier dressed in the spotty jersey awarded to the best mountain cyclist in each year's Tour de France...Miss Helen has done me the great honour of naming this item "The Clapton" and it is available on her Etsy shop with all her other lovely gifts...click HERE  

..she even sent me my own cycling medal...she is so kind...and so very talented....

...Miss Lola...good job she had a routine appointment at the vet that day.....BOL....

...although I am not sure she was fully cured....


Enjoy your week my friends....we won't be around much as the typist has a long trip overseas and neither I nor the Colonel will be able to go with him....

Woof...Clapton...

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....

A video posted by Marley Terrier (@marleyterrier) on




....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....