Wayne's Daily Diary Archive

20 June 2007

11 May 2010
Finally stopped dreaming about the white-stuff!

After 10-days I’ve finally stopped wondering where I am each morning with thoughts of where to ski today running through my head. I must say I’m neither relieved nor disappointed, which is good news. I’ll try to get some news about Olivier and JM’s trips as well as Andreas’ tour to Sweden and keep you posted. The recurrence of ash can’t be helping and hopefully everyone’s trips will go smoothly without disappointing delays or cancellations.

Sports Report- I’m very pleased about the Hammers survival but feel for Zola, who I thought deserved another chance. He will make a great manager one day and along with Trevor Brooking, oozes class amongst some pretty average characters in the West Ham organisation. I also feel Scott Parker should have been given the chance for the World Cup team after a stunning season. Well done to Chelsea for a great season and finishing off in style, while United made it interesting much longer than they should have considering their squad at the moment.

4 May 2010
Congratulations Adrian!

I’m settling into my other life and have already cut the grass, been to the dump and gone for a ‘bluebell’ walk with Gill. The girls are back in school and their teachers are very pleased with the way that they have both slotted right back in without missing a beat. Bravo girls! I’m back on the school run routine, about to get started on the flower garden and vegetable patch, thinking about phoning my Pilates clients to get started on the 13th, and getting ready to start training again. The best bit however, is that I’m joining the golf club tomorrow with the aim of playing a couple of times a week (or more) and trying to turn myself into a decent player. Gill’s back is much better although it still feels weak and delicate, which makes her nervous. She’s seeing Jane I about it tomorrow and then will decide about what to do next. I’m going to stop by and see how Ray is tomorrow after golf and as far as I know he’s fine and hasn’t been too uncomfortable. Congratulation to Adrian H and Charlotte on their marriage last Saturday. We all wish them the very best! It’s jolly cold here at the moment and hopefully it will warm up again soon as I’m wearing shorts and don’t want to put long trousers back on until November!

3 May 2010
Back safe and sound!

We finished off the season on Sunday with some pretty good skiing, especially considering the conditions. It was grey and wet with flat-light, and I was very impressed that everyone showed up, with some more ready to go than others. Penny Richard H, and Richard F were there, and amazingly Paul, Peter, Derek, and Colin all made a massive effort after a huge session that started around noon and went on until the wee hours of the morning. (Andreas’ team didn’t make it as they took a knock-out blow and stayed in bed.) Anyway, we skied some piste on the way to the Motte and had a good run on-piste from the top of the cable-car, followed by some good snow off the Rosolin, then a very good Cairn, and more piste to finish. I then jumped in the car and made it to Calais in about 9-and-a-half hours and caught a earlier ferry, which saved me about 3-hours. I arrived around 2AM and had cuddles with the girls who awoke when I arrived. I’m a little dazed at the moment so I’ll update again in a day or so when I’ve settled back in. It was however, another fabulous season and we’d like to thank you all for your faithful support during tough times. Hopefully the pound will strengthen somewhat and make it easier for you all next season. Have a great summer and stay tuned for more news soon.

PS. Thanks Chris for updating over the past couple of days.

A day too late but for those who are fortunate to ski in Tignes today are having a superb day with a fresh cover of new snow and cold conditions. 3F this morning in Val d’Isere. Take a look at Tignes snow cams ! Now for the good news and that is the season will go to May the 8th 2011!
Havn’t heard from Wayne yet but I guess with a long morning skiing yesterday and then a very long drive back to the UK requires a super human effort.
A bientot from Val d’Isere

2 May 2010
A full metal Jacket

A full metal Jacket for Wayne this morning with Penny B, Richard H, Paul W and friend, Derek L and Colin M with Richard F ringing late and Andreas ringing in not well. Quite a morning as Wayne headed into a steely grey morning with an aim for the Grande Motte where it snowed 2cm and not the 30cm that was predicted! After the morning Wayne is driving staight through to Engand.
JC and Suzanne are preparing to head down to Normandie to prepare their gite for its opening at the end of May.
Andreas will be back on the tools with his new building and renovation buisiness.
Stay tuned in as Wayne will update the news on arrival in the UK. All the best from us all at Alpine Experience and also a very big thankyou to Jean Sports for hosting us. The Alpine Team. :)

1 May 2010
Better than expected!

It was much brighter than expected this morning but it didn’t freeze so we needed to stay as high as possible. Chris skied up at the Fornet with Richard H, as well as Dan and Denise and they skied a lovely Pays Desert with a couple of centimetres on top. Meanwhile, Andreas and I headed to Tignes and had some great piste skiing en-route to the Motte where Andreas ‘skinned’ to the Little Borsat West then skied the ‘Wall’, followed by the Cairn. My team skied the top of the Cairn, followed by the Vallon des Leisse from the cable car, then the Rosolin before ’skinning’ out and skiing across the glacier towards the ‘Wall’, then another Cairn to finish. It was a better day than expected and it’s hard to believe after all these mornings that tomorrow is the last. Time does fly by when you’re enjoying yourself! We may see a few centimetres of snow tonight, which would help, but some decent visibility would be nice as well. I’m leaving right after skiing tomorrow and driving through the night to arrive back for the girls bank holiday on Monday, so there may not be an update for a day or two.

PS. I just had a superb meal in the Perdrix with Stephen and Kaye and as we were leaving Derek and Colin’s team of Paul W, Peter, Peter C, and Cormac arrived, with poor Andreas. Andreas looked absolutely dazed and I’m sure he’s about to experience what I did at the hands of Blue a couple of years ago when I needed to take two days off and I’ve been booze-shy ever since. Anyway, I’m looking forward to seeing them all in the morning as they are on a serious roll. Poor Andreas as these guys are pros! And come on you Hammers as a win tomorrow would take us to the heady heights of 14th place!

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