Wayne's Daily Diary Archive

20 June 2007

26 July 2010
Brilliantly located studio available!

Dan and Denise have decided to put their lovely studio back on the market and it’s a great deal for anyone who wants to get onto the property ladder in Val d’Isere. It’s 25 square metres with a south-west facing terrace located in the superbly placed Les Clarines, which is near the centre of town and also boasts bus stops for either direction right in front of the building. The Clarines studios are amongst the best in town with excellent cooking space and a large bathroom, which is big enough for a wash machine. The asking price is 137,000 euros and if you’re interested contact Dan on 07803144919 or e-mail dan@silvergreysportsclub.com

22 July 2010
What a start!

I had a wonderful day yesterday playing in my Golf Club’s Senior Championship. (Being called a ‘senior’ at 55-years-of-age is cruel, but the golf world calls 50 plus a ‘senior’). My day started with a total shocker as I dribbled my opening tee-shot about 15-feet down the steps past the very surprised starter, who had thought she’d already witnessed just about everything possible, where it rested up against the post of the ball-washer. As you can imagine I was incredibly embarrassed and thinking “how the —— did I managed that” and what a long day I might be in for. My playing partners were brilliant as they didn’t laugh too loud but they were extremely pleased it was me and not them. I was shaky for the rest of the hole but managed to sink a 6-foot double-bogey putt to avoid an ugly 7 and possible meltdown.

Meanwhile one of my partners who at 70 years-of-age, was playing a ‘blinder’ and started out par, par, par, birdie so he lifted my gloom and we got behind him trying to cheer him on to victory. Unfortunately as 20-handicappers do, he imploded on the 5th taking a triple-bogey. Still, he bounced back to par the next couple of holes and it was really enjoyable watching him play the best round of his life. He had three bad holes or he would have won the nett competition but he did end up with the runner-up trophy!

I’ve been taking lessons with video analysis for the past month and really enjoying it but trying a ‘new’ swing in a competitive environment can be tricky, as demonstrated off the first tee. But after a ‘start from hell’ I finally started to hit some solid shots around the 6th hole and ended up in the thick of things by the end, just missing out winning the gross by a couple of shots. Millie and Katie were well impressed however, when I returned home with a little trophy for the best gross score on the back-nine. All in all it was a fantastic day out and I’m looking forward to the next one!

14 July 2010
I'm ready for your booking!

I hope you’re all enjoying the summer but now that Wimbledon and the World Cup are over it won’t be long until we all start to think about winter again. I’ve taken a few bookings already so the new planning sheets have been printed and I’m ready to reserve your skiing.

We’ve had a great summer so far with a few weekends away, a trip to the beach, regular BBQ’s, biking and hiking and generally spending as much time outdoors as possible. Millie has started tennis lessons while I’ve signed up for 12-golf lessons with video to re-build my swing (not a pretty sight at the moment but heading in the right direction). The only downside to our summer so far has been Gill’s back, which she re-injured again in early May. She’s having physio on it and starting some Pilates so hopefully we can get her fit again soon.

I saw Andreas in Val d’Isere July 6th as our apartment was flooded from above and I had a meeting with the insurance people about getting it sorted. Andreas is kindly helping me out and has organized Andy S to do the work for me. Chez-Ray was totally ruined with water damage and will need a new floor, new ceiling and news walls. What a bummer after all the work we put into it! Still, it could have been worse and thank goodness it happened in May and not in October when there wouldn’t have been time to sort it out before winter.

We visited with Dave S, Suzie and Ben during our weekend to the Stevenson’s in Derbyshire, and the Stockill’s are on good form. Dave is back to work and is racing his bike again, Suzie looked great and young Ben is really growing up and is quite a character. He had a wonderful time swimming with Millie and Katie and enjoyed hitting a few tennis balls as well. The Stockill’s will be back skiing again this winter at Christmas and are looking forward to seeing you all then.

It was Millie’s 7th birthday last weekend and we had a superb time starting with ‘The Sound of Music’, starring Connie F at the Woking Theatre. Both the girls loved it and it really was excellent. We then went to a friend’s 40th on the Saturday, which was outdoors with loads of other children. On the Sunday we started Millie’s birthday with a birthday breakfast outdoors at Nana and Grandpa Fred’s, followed by Nannie McPhee (brilliant) at the cinema before a pizza lunch out, then a trip to the park so Millie could try out her new in-line skates, then a fantastic BBQ before the World Cup Final. What a weekend!

Have a great time until next season and feel free to get in touch if you’d like to book or have some news.

PS. And Happy Birthday to Red Ray and Dave Downing!

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