Seasonnaires are staggering back to what is mostly described as a grey reality, the last tourists have gone back to their lives and the all year residents of the village are starting to crawl out of their dungeons, in which they've lived the lives of slaves, serving demanding chalet guests over the lucrative winter.
We've moved into a basement apartment under chalet Moccand, a ten minute walk across town from our last place. It's a bit bigger, it's got wifi and we don't sleep directly next to the stove. The downside, however, is that whenever there's guests in the chalet above we can't talk too loudly or run around naked. Another con is that we only live here for a month so we live pretty much out of suitcases. Whenever there aren't any guests we can use the massive garden, barbeque and hot tub - fingers crossed we'll have at least a week without any guests. Sometime around mid May we move into a central flat, an infant's stone throw from the local...
Duties at work have changed slightly, from being strictly cleaning we are now getting more maintenance work.
After the worst (most snow lacking) winter since 1949, trees are already green in our valley, and it's pretty cool to, every day, see the green line little by little walking up the hills around us.
Carl got second and Sally first price in the end of season cleaning competition.
The last carve of the season was done in Chamonix - four runs in Grand Montets before walking bow-legged through town where we managed a bit of window shopping and a cold beer before heading back.
There's been someone leaving every day, so the leaving parties have been back to back, which is why I'm writing these last words with twitchy eyelids.
Tickets for home visits are booked; 30th May - 6th June Stockholm, 6th June - 13th June London, then we've hopefully got a couple of weeks work at Glastonbury Festival lined up. See y'all soon!
Lots and lots of love
PS. If you fancy a holiday in the french alpes, contact us, we can hook you up with either free or cheap accommodation, lots of fresh air, good walks, climbs, mountain- and road biking, rafting, sun bathing, wine drinking, cheese eating and/or sitting-on-your-ass-doing-nothing in a friendly, genuine town.