Monday, 29 February 2016

And now for something completely different!

I have not posted on the blog for a while now ....that's because we are back in Blighty! John and I flew back to UK to see friends and relatives but also to go skiing! We had looked at going to North America but with all our gear back in a friends loft in UK it was going to cost us an arm and a leg to hire them in US. It was cheaper to fly back to UK and go to Europe. We chose Cervinia, Italy. It was a great place, with a view of the Matterhorn from our bedroom and snow falling nearly every day.... we had a great time. 

It was the first time that we had been on the slopes for about six years so it was a bit of a learning curve for us. We both realised we are getting older but also that we are not fit and need to do something about it! It is hard on a boat to keep fit have to work at it and I think we are the first to admit we have let it go for a while. 

Cervinia is a lovely town and we stayed at a great hotel, The Astoria. Great food and local wine so it was not easy for us to keep to our aim of trying to get fitter! Sticking to the nice wide blue runs we took it steady all week though I came a cropper once on the last day no harm done but a stiff back! 
One thing we decided to give a try was ice karting. This was right up John's street. It donned out in crash helmets and in the middle of a sow storm we whizzed around the track. Well John whizzed and I could tell he was in his element sliding around the bends. I on the other hand went slowly and still slid into the mountains of snow on either side of the track!  

Back in the UK our friend Gary invited us to test drive his latest toy, a seven metre rib. He was anxious to get his latest acquisition onto the Mersey to check out the 275hp engine. It was just unfortunate that he chose a really cold but comparitively windless day to fly down the Mersey past the wind turbines and towards the Irish Sea at 40 knots! Gary was in his element.... I sat in the back astride the seats clutching the handle with my fur hat on and looking like a wind blown  meerkat! It was cold, it was worse than cold it was blooming freezing. This is definitely a toy for hot weather climes. I think that I will stick to sailing!