Dwight Peck's personal website

Winter 2005-2006

Short breaks from poring over the newspapers as the Bushies implode

You 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.

Kristin's Christmas visit and Mont de Bière Devant in invigorating weather

There's no use just sitting round watching the telly through the holidays, as there's nothing much good on anymore anyway, and even the BBC news is sometimes not all that much fun these days.

Mont de Bière Devant, 2 January 2006

This is the parking at the Sentier du Sapin à Simeon (1330m) near the Col du Marchairuz, 2 January 2006, looking out over the La Côte region of the Canton du Vaud and Lake Geneva. Lots of lovely new snow on a very cold day.

Kristin bundling up warm. We're planning to wander lonely as a cloud, maybe out across the long meadow to the northeast eventually to Mont de Bière Devant, or maybe somewhere else instead. The Sentier is an enjoyable educational path out over the meadows with signs along the way indicating facts about the rural life here, like how many acres of meadow it takes to feed one cow for a year, how much milk they can be expected to produce, how much cheese that will make, what kinds of trees and flowers can be seen roundabout, etc. All that educational stuff is way down under the snow now, of course.

A little ways out from the carpark, we're gazing back at another couple gazing at the view and preparing to be beamed up Scottie.

A little hut half the way along the meadow. It was here that, many years ago, Marlowe Peck invented the sport of Alpine Rollerskating, which involved Dad pulling her with a climbing rope over the meadows on her roller skates.

The couple getting beamed up Scottie have got missed and the beam is coming back for them.

A glimpse of Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) down through the trees.

This is the Chalet Neuf (1455m) a good way along our route. It may not look very "Neuf" now but probably was once.

A sore leg or muscle cramp (possibly a magnesium deficiency) in the forest near the Bois de la Sauge.

An imperfect crossing of a stone wall at about 1480m, just before the final plod up to Mont de Bière Devant.


Okay, we're good.

The farm at Mont de Bière Devant (1520m), on a day of spectacular cloud-and-sun effects on the snow

Kristin at the flagpole on Mont de Bière Devant, with a bank of grey cloud hurtling in from the left and bright sun on Grand Cunay in the distance.

There are many worse places to be right now.

Stolen moments

Lessons learnt: we're having much better luck crossing stone walls on the way home.

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