Tag Archives: Bourg d’Oisans

Gardening in the litter box

Having burnt my legs in the extensive ornamental jardins of the parental chateau last time there was a bank holiday weekend, I find myself coveting a garden of my own. Or more likely the idea of a garden if I’m … Continue reading

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Alpine Graffiti

Living as we do in the rural backwhacks of beyond, we remain largely oblivious to much of what is reputed to blight modern life, although with Grenoble a mere 40 minutes away, those of us who really want Kalashnikov-toting youth … Continue reading

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In my day this was all fields

Edward Whymper, illustrator, pioneering mountaineer and all-round general nutcase did us the honour of a quick visit here in the Oisans in the 1860s (taking a little light relief from trying to kill himself on the Matterhorn) and set the … Continue reading

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The Sinclair C5 on snow?

Until this morning, I thought the award for most ridiculous way of getting down a hill had to go to the snowbike (or veloski or possibly skibob – you can tell a thing is likely to be a complete fail … Continue reading

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Four wheels good, two wheels better

The quest for sensible interseason exercise options continues apace, though with the summer opening of the outdoor pools and a 90 minute lunchbreak the onset of morbid obesity is fended off for the time being. Cycling has been up for … Continue reading

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Physical jerks. Or do I mean joggers?

The vexed question of the interseason exercise regime raises its ugly head once more and in an increasingly pressing fashion following the best part of two months spent doing pretty much nothing whatsoever other than wandering out to the boulangerie … Continue reading

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We had to make our own entertainment in them days …

Along with the influx of brain impaired tourists, loonies in lycra and people apparently unaware that roads may occasionally be used by motor vehicles, summer brings us the tourist office’s animation programme, most of which takes place up and down … Continue reading

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Serious Saturday morning sense of humour failure

Right, that’s enough. Yes I know this is a tourist area and we need to be welcoming to all of our seasonal visitors, without whom the place would be a ghost town inhabited exclusively by a dozen gibbering old crocks … Continue reading

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Road closed due to escaped lunatics.

The weekend rolls around again and as is usual in the Oisans in summer nobody can go anywhere because the roads are infested with drug-addled obsessives on overpriced pushbikes. Really, how am I supposed to get out to the garden … Continue reading

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Invasion of the Cloggies

Many moons ago, I once suggested to a Dutch colleague that the reason half the population of Holland seemed to be on the move throughout Europe regardless of the time of year was that the country was physically too small … Continue reading

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