Monday, 24 September 2007

Quiltie and shopping

This wonderful quiltie was waiting on my doorstep when I got home. It was stitched by Sue Krekorian from unlimited textiles group- Thanks Sue.
This stall was spotted on the market at Dignes Les Bains, lots of useful wooden thingies

Couldn't resist buying a FRENCH french knitting doll and the other item is a wooden sewing case, your needles go inside the bobbly bit, your threads on the outside then it slides into the wooden cylinder and the screw top is your thimble.

Sunday, 23 September 2007

It was too good to last.......................................

View from the top of Col de la Bonnette
Unfortunately on the way back to the hotel, the charging light came on. So Ian phoned the recovery service who picked up the bike on Sunday to take it to the dealer for repairs
Monday- received phone call to say the shop was closed for the day. Tuesday received call to say they were looking at it.
Wednesday received call to collect the bike. Taxi supplied by recovery company Wednesday afternoon. Bike pronounced ok, no problem other than loose wire.
100 mile later we were clipped by a car on the motorway, stayed on bike, scratched pannier but no serious injury.

Thursday morning travelled a further 100 mile before rectifier/ regulator burnt out big time, so much for the repair!! Recovery service supplied hire car on Friday for 550 mile dash back to Calais
Hopefully the damage is confined to this, anyway bike is still in France awaiting transport to Italia Moto at Lincoln for inspection and repair. The French bike shop will be hearing from us when we have the full report.

Thursday, 20 September 2007

The road to the sun

riding the Col du Galibier, France

stop to admire the scenery

stop off at Cannes to top up the suntan

Try and find the sun.

As you can see, the weather was not what we were wanting. The heavy rain in Austria and Switzerland has fallen as snow on the passes and our idea of riding the Grossglockner Strasse in Austria were abandoned after we found out how much snow had fallen there. Although the snow would probably clear after a few days, we decided to head towards the south of France were the roads were still twisty but somewhat warmer.

Back safe and sound (just)

unfortunately these photos have loaded in the wrong order! anyway this is the Grimselpass in Switzerland
Summer Holiday???

but beautiful to look at
Ian finds a snow drift

Yes, I was there, HONEST, just don't like being in front of the camera!

lake at Morzine, France

Packing the bikes for the next leg of the journey, Paris for Andy and Elaine, Switzerland for ourselves
Mountains overlooking Interlaken

Monday, 3 September 2007

Greetings from Interlaken, Switzerland

Guess what, Its still raining here as well, absolutely tipping it down. We have spent the last two nights with friends at St Jean D`Aulps in the French Alps and rode over the mountain passes to Interlaken today. Up till about 4 hours ago the weather was great, then the mist came down, the clouds opened and it poured.
So tomorrow it will be time to either chance the rain and head on to Saltzberg or chase the sun down into Italy.