Monthly Archives: January 2011

Art, nature, pushing the limits, and knowing when to stop

Saturday didn’t begin well.  I had a appointment with the physio at 08.00, the only slot available.  The insurance company were still ‘reviewing’ my case (translation: still trying to find a way of wriggling out of paying for my treatment) so … Continue reading

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What do you do in a ski town when you’re not skiing?

The last time I went skiing before this Canada trip was in Verbier in Switzerland in 1991.  I know this because I happened to find the lift pass just before I came away.  It cost an arm and a leg.  … Continue reading

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White-out, Wipe-out, Black Monday

It often irritates me when people talk about a ‘white-out’ whenever it snows. It’s part of the unfortunately growing habit of exaggerating everything for effect.  Some people never have a headache, only a migraine.  If you’ve had migraine you know … Continue reading

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Rocky Mountain Sunshine

We got back from the guided walk in Grotto Canyon about 12.30.  It was still clear blue sky and bright sunshine and so, having had something to eat I decided to go back up Tunnel Mountain.  The views had been … Continue reading

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Another frozen Rocky Mountain Canyon

Sunday was our second day-off from skiing and the second part of Ruth and Tim’s Christmas present to me, a guided walk in Grotto Canyon near Canmore.  It meant an early morning start as, unlike last week’s afternoon amble, we … Continue reading

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Banff and a Rocky Mountain Winter

Saturday and a day off skiing.  Early morning cloud and mist cleared to crystal blue sky.  So I took my camera for a walk.  Twice. Towards the end of the morning I walked through ‘Downtown’, still buzzing with New Year … Continue reading

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It’s cold outside

Happy New Year.  As those of you in the UK were celebrating  New Year, or having an early night as the case may be, we were on the bus coming back from skiing.  The concept of time and time zones … Continue reading

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