Liam’s Blog

Skiing in Valberg

Skiing in Valberg

Well this is definitely going to be the shortest and driest ski season since we've been here. The local mountains (1,5 hours away) haven't had any snow since Christmas day... only 18 out of 56 runs are open, and most of the mountain is exposed. Snow is all manmade....

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Kayaking

Kayaking

So Liam has made it abundantly clear to me that he HATES sailing. Despite moving up to catamarans, and despite his friend Tom enjoying taking sailing lessons, Liam hates it. He says maybe one day he'll give it another go... but he does not want to take sailing lessons...

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A very Woolley Christmas, the final days

A very Woolley Christmas, the final days

As Grandpa's trip to see us wound down, and we were getting ready for the back to school, back to work hectic schedule that was looming, we had time for one last great daytrip. But where to go? With the all of the covid restrictions in place, I didn't feel that...

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A very Woolley Christmas part 2

A very Woolley Christmas part 2

Most of the two weeks with Grandpa Woolley was just 'hanging out'. I still had some work to keep up on, although it was fairly quiet. Grandpa's hip was really causing him a lot of pain, so I kept the walking plans to fairly level and short outings. And Liam, of...

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A very Woolley Christmas, part 1

A very Woolley Christmas, part 1

2021 may have started fairly crap... and been fairly crap throughout with all of the covid restrictions, but for us, it was ending on a high note. Grandpa Woolley was coming over from Canada to spend Christmas with us. It was touch and go until the VERY last minute,...

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Uncle Keith!!

Uncle Keith!!

It was rather an exciting autumn for us, as Uncle Keith and Joanne decided to come to France instead of going to Disney in Florida this year!! Joanne's daughter, Siobhan, lives in the UK now, so they were able to squeeze in time with her in Paris, a few days in Paris...

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Annual September camping weekend

Annual September camping weekend

As always, we planned for a late September camping weekend to celebrate Iris's birthday. But this year they opted to book at a holiday residence instead of the campground, which was fine... but not nearly as much fun for the kids... although they did enjoy a lot more...

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Miscellaneous Autumn 2021

Miscellaneous Autumn 2021

So Grandpa Woolley has very deservedly rapped me on the knuckles for not updating Liam's site in such a long time. I have no excuses, other than saying that I'm just tired and burnt out at 'having to do everything'... and it's all become a lot more challenging now...

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summer 2021

summer 2021

Well not a lot going on this summer. We're still feeling the effects of covid restrictions (masks, health passes etc) so quite frankly we don't make an effort to get out in public very often. Our neighbourhood is on the outskirts of Nice, we can walk freely without...

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2021 Summer Holidays, the last days

2021 Summer Holidays, the last days

Again, nothing particularly memorable. In fact today was a bit of a 'stress day' for Liam and as it just didn't go as planned. We intentionally left Lola behind as we wanted to go up Mont Blanc (which Liam hasn't done since he was 3, and doesn't remember....

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2021 Summer Holiday, the Alps, part 2

2021 Summer Holiday, the Alps, part 2

Decided to retrace a bit of steps to a place we visited long ago with Dan and Sarah, that struck me as being particularly beautiful -- Sixt Fer a Cheval. It's a beautiful hiking area along a river, that ends in a stunning natural amphitheatre of cliffs and waterfalls....

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Summer Holiday part 1

Summer Holiday part 1

Hi all!! Sorry, haven't posted in a while! It's a weird summer. I was a bit anxious about travelling too far from home as we had only just come out of travel restrictions and curfew... so I decided that the safest course of action was to stay in France. But I didn't...

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The pool is OPEN

The pool is OPEN

Only 2 weeks earlier the pool was a swampy green, and we were told that they would be draining it to fix the light, and cleaning it for the season. Once it was full of water I figured it would be at least a month before it was warm enough to swim in -- but it seems...

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Happy 53 Mumma

Happy 53 Mumma

Okay... not a lot about liam in this post either!! As luck would have it, my birthday (again) fell just after the rules started to relax in France, and the curfew had been pushed back a bit, and outdoor restaurants were allowed to open. So we book our favourite...

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Days at the RACES

Days at the RACES

Not a lot about Liam in this post.... but it's my big 'race season' so I thought I'd throw it in there. In end April we had the Historic Grand Prix (held over from the cancelled event in 2020)... and my boss was racing. Only Monaco residents were allowed to be...

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Spring in our new flat….

Spring in our new flat….

It's been a wacky weather spring... lots of wind. Some warm days, some cooler days... but we've been enjoying it nonetheless!! The sun has shifted further north... but the sunsets can still be spectacular. We've started watersports for the season (paddling and...

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Out and about… Confinement III

Out and about… Confinement III

Third confinement is still lighter than the last two. We still have curfew of 6pm for weekdays, but now that the school holidays are upon us they have instated a total weekend lockdown (from Friday 6pm until Monday 8am) -- which means that we are only allowed to go...

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Our new apartment….

Our new apartment….

It's been almost four months since we've moved... and the apartment has started to take shape bit by bit. It was a completely unfurnished flat, so we needed a few things to make it homey -- and I've spent a lot of money getting it sorted, so couldn't do everything at...

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Valberg Weekend

Valberg Weekend

Ski resorts are closed this year... which sadly means no ski trips for us this year. We could (theoretically) make our way to Switzerland where he slopes are open -- but we're really not allowed to travel for leisure and cross country borders. So we'll do as we're...

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Happy 11th Birthday Liam

Happy 11th Birthday Liam

Another weird birthday.... Liam didn't get to celebrate his birthday last year because within days of our return from our annual ski holiday, we were plunged into an a two month long lockdown. And again this year... a full year later, we aren't really free to organise...

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