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life's hectic non-stop party threatens to get out of control and really exhausting
2005 in the bise
may not find this terribly rewarding unless you're included here, so this is a
good time for casual and random browsers to turn back before they get too caught
up in the sweep and majesty of the proceedings and can't let go.
Warming brings not just warming, but violent extremes in both directions. In Europe,
the north wind (the "bise") blew for nearly a month.
Switzerland, for example, iced up completely for a few weeks in late January 2005
(and the main road to our village of Bassins was closed for three days).
told these hikers, though, on 24 January 2005, as they got fitted out near the
rubbish dump above Le Vaud to experience these climatological changes for themselves.
fortified against the wind and cold.
or Dante (left), has just become a medical doctor in Switzerland, and his Mum
is similarly bundled up but very proud.
Poilleuse farm, a few hundred vertical metres above Le Vaud, with a sort of
above Le Vaud with a nasty wind blowing snow off the trees. We're meant to be
following our guide, Dr. Pirri, but he's nowhere to be seen. Or is he?
there he is. But is it really he, or a wraith? (We always have to ask this question.
His answers are never convincing.)
Snow on a tree. Let's check it out.
out for the day at the Fornets meadow, about 1200m, near Les Chenevières,
and taking a moment to relax.
left) Dr Dante (Andrea), Lisa, the narrator
and André celebrate a good hike, just before . . .
. . the wind picks up again.
The same shortcut
weather on the descent and a good view of the forest above Le Vaud
Andrea Dante Guillaume Durham with his proud mum
and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, .
All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 30 March 2005, revised 3 October 2008, 17 August 2014.