Still exhausted from Covid and lying on the sofa watching Wimbledon, I haul myself off to meet Ross in Champery after his long walk. Heathrow is busy and security has long queues and we are late taking off as there not enough staff to load the plane. This is only the beginning of broken Britain – the worst is yet to come I fear. I go to Switzerland to try and forget about the state we are in….and to admire the Swiss attention to detail as below!
The spring next to our apartment
So it’s a joy to come to a country where things work – I’m on my train within 20 minutes of the plane landing and soon reunited with my fit and bronzed husband, complete with little sock marks round his ankles. He is exhilarated with the GR5 expedition with his mates – rightly so. You can read about it here.
The weather is fine and not so hot, so we quickly rejuvenate the tubs in the garden and weed the overgrown rockery. I even make some apricot jam while trying to keep this inquisitive cat out of the kitchen!
Champery has become a hub of activity in the summer and every Friday there’s street jazz, which we enjoy with our friends – the Sicily team reunited bar Janet who is in the States.
Much to Ross’s horror, I insist on spending my two clear days blowing out my cobwebs and sweating out the remaining virus by walking uphill!
Walk 1 is my favourite Sous la Dente with Annie and Christine, meeting up with Tim & Diego for lunch; day 2 walk is all the way up to Sur Coux and then down back into Champery. Ross is thrilled as he is convinced that the two large soaring raptors we can see are golden eagles. I’m sure he’s right (?!). Although the Tour de France is coming through from Lausanne to Chatel via Trois Torrents we decide to give it a miss despite the huge excitement locally. Here you can see Ross with a special Tour table mat! My knee is twinging so the down is harder than the up.
The perfect weather gives us some gorgeous sunsets over the Dents and by the time I get back to London I am feeling completely recovered and firing on all my ten cylinders.