We’ve just returned from a wonderful week away skiing in France with my family and it feels almost spring-like today, despite the snow of last week. My daffodils have flower buds and my winter cabbage is finally looking like we’ll be able to enjoy it in the next few weeks.We missed the snowy, cold weather here and luckily our flight managed to leave Gatwick before the airports were shut. Almost a foot of snow fell on our third day, so we had lots of fun skiing in the powder, even if it did mean early starts to catch the first lift!
Dave (my husband) and I also did a skill swap. I’m a committed skier and he is a committed snow-boarder… so we spent some time teaching each other our favourite sport. A lot of fun but also a lot of bumps for me as I fell over many, many, many times – luckily the ridiculously slow speed I was going meant no injuries! Needless to say I won’t be giving up my skis anytime soon! It was a great experience to remember how it feels to be at the very beginning of learning a slightly scary new sport, and gave me a good insight as to how my Mum feels on skis. As a very nervous skier, Mum spent her week practising her snowplough turns and made huge progress by getting down some blues by the end of the week. Dave proved excellent on skis and despite a running injury, might now be a convert…! The family holiday was in aid of my Dad’s 60th birthday, and we took out a home made carrot cake to celebrate – a nod towards my keenness in slipping in fruit and veg to most meals! Dad was thrilled to be serenaded by an elderly, French, retired ski-instructor playing happy birthday on an antique accordion at our mid-morning coffee stop en route across the three valleys.
As you can imagine, massages were much in demand last week! And we also had a giggle with family yoga sessions to help stretch out the muscles at the end of the day – followed by a well deserved, celebratory vin chaud!
If you’re heading out for a ski holiday anytime soon, do ask me to show you a few simple massage strokes when you next come for a treatment to help ease the legs after a day out on the mountain! And remember to stretch!