Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Winter olympics in the Charente
I'm sure that you are probably aware of the freak weather conditions we're currently "enjoying". Temperatures of minus ten and the deepest covering of snow that we have seen since we arrived in 2003.
It's playing havoc with the three client searches that are live at the moment - the main roads have been cleared but the outlying towns and villages just aren't equipped to cope with this kind of weather.
The good news is that the girls and I have taken the opportunity to pretend that we live in the Alps or the Pyrenees and have been sledging every day. Right on our doorstep is the St Meme les Carrieres "cresta run".
It's a 200m piste that leads down between two rows of vines. The picture doesn't do justice to the gradient but the little dot in the distance is my youngest at the end of her run. Of course it wouldn't pass any health and safety tests as we go swooping down between rows of Ugni-blanc grapevines....leave the piste and it's a long way to Cognac General Hospital (I'd also have an angry viticulteur banging on my door if we took out a row of his best producers).
Great fun though, with echoes of my youth.....