Category: stories

  • reading backlog

    One of the things I like most about returning from a vacation is to have an enormous pile of fresh reading : a week's worth of newspapers, some regular mail and much more email (three quarters junk). Also before getting into bed after the ride I like to browse through the arXiv in search for […]

  • dompnac-pourcharesse

    Too exhausted, just some pictures : Dompnac 2. between Dompnac and Pourcharesse Snake near the top 4. Bifurcation Pourcharesse-St-Melany

  • sanglier (end)

    It is always rewarding to prepare a success guaranteed meal for a large group, so we invited all people present at LeTravers at the moment (12) for a sanglier-party on wednesday-evening. Not that there is so much reason to party given the outcome of the US-elections. It is an insult to the rest of the…

  • sanglier (bis)

    Yesterday around noon the former head of the local hunting society turned up with our reward : a huge piece of the 110kg wild boar they shot the day before. A reward partly for taking care of the two lost hunting dogs the day before (one of them was his but he is missing another…

  • la chasse

    < Monday morning 7 am : the first gunshots can be heard in the distance. As the morning progresses they come closer and one can hear the hunting dogs clearly. A bit later four or five white mini-vans race up the road and turn to get to the ridge of the mountain, each having one…

  • connected

    If this message gets posted it will mean that I finally succeeded in connecting LeTravers to the rest of the world… Clearly not via cable but using good old dial-in. I don't think I'll ever see cable appearing here. Electricity made it appearance here only 10 years ago (and is an end-of-network setup meaning that…

  • sanglier

    Although we can hear every night (in France) wild boar descending the mountain in search for water and though shooting them seems to be the only (male) social activity in Sablieres this time of year, it is much easier to prepare a wild boar stew in Belgium than in the Ardeche- Cevenole. The reason being…

  • counting down

    Clearly the best thing to do for me right now would be to get into the car and drive a 1000km south to our regular place in France. The weather should still be good enough to have lunch outside wearing only a T-shirt, the colours of the leaves will be splendid and the grapes 'a…

  • irrelevant list

    As there is no way to recover from the previous post, allow me a slow restart by listing some of the a-typical things done this week : Ate more chocolate than during the last five years Drove the car more than during the rest of the year (minus vacations) Didn't do any bicycle exercise Only…

  • simonne stevens (1926-2004)

    my mother died this afternoon. everything else is irrelevant. lieven.