About


I am (before anyone else says it) a waster and a layabout. I have failed to make any sensible use of my expensive university education, neglected to produce grandchildren to delight my parents’ old age, and at the same time continue not to set the world on fire in any way which might justify these shortcomings.

On the plus side, I can speak French (sort of), ski and snowboard (ditto), cook (not too badly really) and I have finally more or less got to grips with the art of indulging in social interaction without being called ‘abrasive’. Scraping the barrel here, I know, but it’s the best I can muster.

I live in a small market town which is less rural than it ought to be owing to the presence of two major ski resorts and half the population of Holland riding a bike. Despite having three cats, a toilet brush holder shaped like a cat, and a plastic replica of a cat’s arse I am (and let me make this quite clear) NOT a mad cat lady.

12 Responses to About

  1. thisnomad says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. That poem that you left is amazing. I guess I’m not the first person to be awed by Petra.

  2. I’ve just found your blog via survive france…I’m moving to wordpress and then I suppose I’ll be able to follow it!

  3. illicit says:

    Thanks for the blog review and good luck with yours. It’s good stuff.

    Got to get back to pimping snowboard holidays and hitting huge kickers.

  4. peacebeme says:

    I am so jealous you live in France! I also speak slightly more than semi-fluent French and it is my dream to live there someday at least for awhile. I am American but studied it in college, along with Biology. Will be following your blog!

  5. Hey, It’s All Downhill from Here,
    thanks for the link on your Blog (we have reciprocated in our ski links section). We like your Blog very much…would you like to do a Guest post for us?
    Please get in touch

    Robert Stewart
    The Skiing Department

  6. TheSkiBug says:

    Just came across your blog from another. Your story sounds similar to mine – expensive education (did try being a lawyer for a while), then moved to Bulgaria, now live in the French Alps, with other half and 3 mad dogs.

    Wondering if you could link back to our website – http://www.theskibug.co.uk and happy to place a link to your blog on our resources page.

    Airport Transfers to Courchevel

  7. Gigi says:

    Just discovered this (you left a comment on my blog). Great stuff!

  8. Patti Kuche says:

    Signing up as a way of extending the season. The snow this year has been fantastic in Breckenridge, a town which boasts the most highly educated, and tanned, ticket scanners, parking attendants, you name it, you know them. If you can make it work for you, why not! Love your posts and your pics!

    • Unfortunately our snow was a bit rubbish this year – hoping for better next season. One of these days we’re going to get together enough cash to do the NZ season over our summer.

  9. Excellent! we have very small house in Courchevel Saint Bon after finally admitting defeat to the russians. the 70 Euro ‘i love kitty’ t-shirt my 4 year old daughter wanted (that i bought in sainsbury’s for a fiver) and the 80,000 Euro bottle of wine you can buy in a certain mountain restaurant made us realise that Courchevel 1850 has finally lost the plot. loved all your comments on courchevel – spot on! I shall look forward to reading more…….
    Gill Hayne
    Chalet Belle Vue

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