Flat Ruthie’s Sojourn in the French Alps

This just in from Claire of Promenade Plantings blog

I’m beginning to realise that Flat Ruthie is a bit of a girl-about-town/country/world, a wanderer and now she can add thrill seeker and skier to her resume. She arrived safe and sound courtesy of Simpson Air – apparently a reputable carrier!

She’s joined us in the French Alps for a sojourn and wanted to come and play on the pistes. I have to say now that she wasn’t exactly equipped for skiing, so it’s just as well it was a warm sunny day on the slopes. Besides she hitched a ride most of the way, I just hope she has a head for heights…..

Ruthie has already seen photos of our favourite coffee stop with Mt Blanc in the background and insisted we take her there. Besides the coffee is good!

It’s a couple of chairs and a ski to get there and sadly it was a bit cloudy but we could just see Mt Blanc, besides Ruthie got to enjoy the sun. And no I’m not joining her in one of those chairs it’s only 10.30 in the morning, if I get comfy now we’ll never move. Ruthie, come on, get your skis on!

I know you are not great at getting on and of the ski chairs Ruthie, but we’re holding onto you.

Look another view Ruthie, you see why it’s worth the effort now? You can see down the valley towards Lac Leman, I know the rest of the world calls it Lake Geneva, whatever its name the view is good. Come on Ruthie we’ve got some skiing to do – hold on tight!

OK I know it’s not the first thing you think of when skiing, but crossing the bridge on skis is the only way we can get across this ravine, you can hear the rushing water of the Spring melt.

It’s a bit cool, the sun is deceptive isn’t it Ruthie, a bit more of a ski and we can stop again, come on Ruthie show us how you ski.

I know it’s a Red Piste Ruthie but hold on, I’m going extra slow and carefully, you are a precious passenger.

Ruthie, I promise I’ll put some turns in, I won’t head straight downhill we’ll go nice and gently. Besides I don’t want to fall again, I don’t want the xrays, sling and pain!!

Ok, ok, you want to rest up? How about these 2 magic words – Bar and Creperie?

See that’s better isn’t it! You know Ruthie, we’ve got to know these mountains pretty well this winter and this is one of our favourite places to stop – they do the best Crepes on the mountain and yes ok, just the one demi-pression.

I hope you have worked up an appetite these crepe are good and hearty.

I told you they were good and no you are not going to rest up here ALL day, we’ve got to get a move on, the snow is warming up now and it’s getting trickier. No Ruthie as much as you want to hitch a ride we are not going down the mountain in one of those, they are for emergencies and having a full stomach is not an emergency!

Come on girl get those ski’s on, we’ll do some gentle Blues after lunch, besides you need to work off that food!

Come on a bit more skiing and we’ll get you down the mountain safe and sound.

I tell you what let’s skip the last run down to the village and hop in a Bubble. No Ruthie not a literal bubble, it’s just what we call a Tele-cabine.

Yes I remember the beginning of the James Bond film where Jaws tries to climb up the cable and then try and tear the cable with his teeth. No I haven’t seen James Bond or his nemesis Jaws in resort – ever!

Don’t worry it’s fun, you get to see the village and across the mountains. I tell you what how about a quiet beer when we get back. What you want to go out and “experience” apres-ski? You are kidding now aren’t you Ruthie? Ruthie? We’ve got other trips planned. RUTHIE !!!

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12 Responses to Flat Ruthie’s Sojourn in the French Alps

  1. Now you’ve done it! I’m craving a cold beer this minute! Ruthie, I hope you wore sunscreen!!

  2. ChgoJohn says:

    Flat Ruthie a ski bunny? Wherever did she find time to take ski lessons? Well, she couldn’t be in better hands … er … backpack. Claire will certainly take good care of her.

  3. Sonel says:

    Oh wow! Stunning photo’s and what a trip! I know Flat Ruthie enjoyed herself immensely. I know I would have! :)

  4. fgassette says:

    WOW! Looks like Flat Ruthie has stepped up her game. What a wonderful trip.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

  5. Ruthie had a blast and she shared those fun adventures with us. Beautiful photos. The excitement can be felt in all of them. Fun, fresh, fascinating. Thanks.

  6. And being the loonies that we are we even took video of flat ruthie skiing!!
    Lots of fun having her around, her French is improving as is her skiing. Let’s see where she takes us next :)

  7. Shuey says:

    Wonderful trip Ruthie. I am glad you stuck with it as the views were spectacular and I’m sure you were happy with the food. Looked scrumptious to me! It’s good to have friends who’ll take you places near and far. I wonder where you’ll be next.

  8. Mad Dog says:

    Ruthie never sleeps!

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