Wednesday, July 11, 2007
clear blue sky
Life continues here in Narnia. The sun has made an appearance today, the landscape is sparkling and white.
It is a good thing to be so tucked away here, with no driving, shopping or cooking.
I have no idea what is going on in the rest of the world except for fragments on the radio, when I can hear it. Mostly it seems to be stuck in the 70's, with Supertramp on high rotation, and local news. An accident in Berridale, or water in the dam.
More snow has fallen in the last ten days than in the whole previous winter, it was lovely to watch the fat flakes fall, and see the mountains draped in euro-snow.
At home by the sea the days are temperate, and winter is so subtle. I like to be here, the days so short and the sense of an extreme season, so different from home. When I return to the sea I feel reborn, the colours and the noise and the smell.
The world comes to me here: friends from all over the northern hemisphere, from the snowiest pockets, spend a season here. I have learned that it was a bad season in the Czech republic for snow, that the Red Hot Chili Peppers did a great concert in Slovenia, and that Sun Valley USA had a bumper season.
The Bear has abandoned his mother and has ventured of on his own with a gaggle of other children, and is currently trailblazing the peaks. I should clarify the fact that he came about 40th out of about 60 kids in his race. Considering that some teams had handlers and personal coaches, this is some achievement. In fact, I was chatting to a lady who told me that her boys were also competing. They live on the snow for 4 months a year, they bring a ski instructor and a schoolteacher, train every day, and in summer they go abroad for a few months, to the States or Europe.
I remarked that the children must be very good at skiing, and she laughed and said "well, they'd WANT to be!"
Anyway, Mr Fifi has arrived now, specifically to boss me around, but I have managed to give him the slip . I am heading back home to read books in the sun and gaze at the mountainside while the sun goes down. I am glad all you northerners are enjoying your summer. I am going to be in the UK in October and am looking forward to it.
I wonder what the weather will be like?