Aussie Mountain Climbing

When I first started running (because I was fat) I heard about marathons…..  to start I signed up for a half marathon.  I didn’t finish.  On my second attempt, I did finish. Then I signed up for a marathon.  Yeah, … Continue reading


Lots of rain on the forecast so got this run around Cooby Dam in.  Was really nice, saw one guy fishing, otherwise had the entire place to ourselves. Little morning walk after feeding the horses…. Today’s run idea (Lake Cooby) … Continue reading

Alcatraz Australia

For two and a half years now I have been a prisoner in Australia…. the worlds biggest island.  My Alcatraz. As an Aussie, who hasn’t lived here for 20 years, I wasn’t allowed to leave.  I had to submit paperwork, … Continue reading

Winters Weekend

Last weekend was a holiday weekend here in Queensland.  Historically it was when I’d go skiing in Australia, because it is the middle of winter. No skiing this year because of the COVID.  The state borders here are closed and … Continue reading

Only 85 Days

The darn ‘Rona is breaking all sorts of records. My least days skiing in a single winter out of 27. Least days skiing in probably two calendar years back to back. But, my second winter in Fernie, has been my … Continue reading

Fi’s 50th

Fi and I have been ski buddies for more than twenty years.  On a few occasions we have celebrated my birthday (end of Jan) but I’ve never been around for Fi’s birthday (September).  Since this was the big five-owwww it … Continue reading

Frank’s Slide

My last day in Fernie (until next November) was hanging out with the Wednesday hiking crew.  Today’s hike was up to the top of Frank’s Slide – this is the site of Canada’s most lethal natural disaster. Frank’s Slide … Continue reading

Grumpy Old Men

Last Monday, I arrived in Maple Ridge (a suburb of Vancouver) and surprised my old skiing buddy Joe.  We first skied together 16 years ago!!!  Joe is 81yo, he went to elementary school with Joseph and Mary.  I was warned … Continue reading

100 Days in Fernie

After 13 years, I’m wintering in Canada again…..  I’ve grabbed this winter, and my new home town of Fernie, by the gangoolies….. My old skiing mate Bob wanted me to winter in Fernie.  Bob and I have hung out a … Continue reading


It has been two days since one of the biggest scares of my life….. Let me set the scene, it is a Monday afternoon, hasn’t snowed for a few days and I take young Charlie out of bounds.  We walk … Continue reading