Hunting for Edelweiss in La Tzoumaz

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We went hunting for Edelweiss one late summer’s day on the mountainside above La Tzoumaz.  See if you can read the whole story without bursting into song! A few weeks ago we bumped into a local couple out hiking up the Col des Mines.  Leaning on their hiking poles, they were delighted to stop and share their […]

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The hills are ALIVE… with the sight of flowers!

Here are just a few of the millions and millions of flowers I have seen whilst out and about on the mountainside this week.  It’s true that some are to be found in people’s gardens, but many are just growing wild and free! People tend to mow their lawns and strim their steeply-banked gardens around the […]

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To master the wild

I’ve always loved the mountains for their raw, wild beauty.  They are huge and untamed.  Majestic and un-mastered.  They seem so massive and unmoveable, but were somehow thrown up by the shifting of the Earth’s tectonic plates millions of years ago.  Now that I live in the mountains, I feel the need to step closer, […]

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Mountain Dreams and Chalets

From the age of 5, I used to dream about skiing for 51 weeks of the year.  As a family, we’d look through our printed photos from the previous years, and shout excitedly at Franz Klammer and Pirmin Zurbriggen on Ski Sunday.  We’d even sit in a line on the sofa and make chairlift-bumping-over-a-pylon noises […]

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Walking to Iserables

“What’s that over there daddy?” asks John. The closest view from our window is of the golden larch forests above Iserables. Each evening we see the lights of the small town, with buildings scattered in the forest. So we decide the next day we’ll go there. Leaving La Tzoumaz, Andrew admires the lawns of the […]

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