Billy’s Big Day Out

February, oh February. February is the highest of seasons in Verbier and therefore we are all expected to work pretty much non-stop. Around this time of year it is common to see ski instructors walk around town with blank stares and dark circles under their eyes after...

Ice Axes and Long Drops

Dear Friends, Greetings from a very warm and not so snowy Verbier. Eliott and I got back from Japan last Tuesday and since then we’ve been waking up at 4.30 every day. I thought jet-lag was reserves for people who had private planes and attended international business...

Cork Harvest

The Cork Harvest “Nicholaaaaas”. The accent was firmly on the last syllable.   A group of village elders were keeping well back inside the open door of Niño’s Bar to escape the rain. I crossed over under the wet February sky – something...

Sausages

Sausages Now that the majority of households have freezers, there is obviously not the necessity to salt and cure the whole pig, but the tradition of making ‘chacina’ , sausages, is still very strong and families come together for the annual ’matanza’ as they would...

Romerias

Romerias   Romerias are pilgrimages where the Virgin from the local village church is taken out and processed to usually a shrine in the country. They are great colourful days out that happen once a year for each village and are very special. people plan their...