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Last-minute decisions
Right. I will be in Switzerland from 7th-13th August. If I was supposed to be doing anything then, I'm not going to be doing it now, because I'll be in the wrong country.

There are times when only mountains will do.
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j4 From: j4 Date: July 26th, 2004 12:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Why do you always give 'mountains' a capital 'm' when you quote that? It's not capitalised in the source, and I thought you'd corrected it in your sig file (which I assume is where you're pasting it from).
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hairyears From: hairyears Date: July 26th, 2004 04:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

First time I saw a real Mountain was last year, snowboarding in the Alps. Being entirely devoid of natural poetry I thought Feck me, that's BIG!

They rate capital letters.

Mind you, I grew up in Leicester, and have cycled up and down again the three biggest hills in the county in a day. None of the BFO Mountains in Tignes had a cycle path to the top.
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j4 From: j4 Date: July 27th, 2004 04:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Did you put your typing fingers through a mincing machine?
hairyears From: hairyears Date: July 27th, 2004 08:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Er, no. I wore greyish-blue clothes, brightly-coloured goggles, moved rapidly for short periods, slowly for longer periods and shouted "waaahhhh!" immediately followed by a loud *thud*. A lot.

There is a video sequence - fortunately deleted - which shows me proceeding down la Grande Motte at a pace which I thought was the land speed record, and looks like a conductor on a bandstand on a very slow carnival float, playing something very slow indeed.
From: besskeloid Date: July 26th, 2004 12:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Woo. Yay. You deserve a break.
vinaigrettegirl From: vinaigrettegirl Date: July 26th, 2004 01:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I climb the road to Cold Mountain,
The road to Cold Mountain that never ends.
The valleys are long and strewn with stones;
Streams broad and banked with thick grass;
Moss is slippery, though no rain has fallen;
Pines sigh, but it isn't the wind.
Who can break from the snares of the world
And sit with me among the white clouds?

- Han Shan ("Cold Mountain")
in the T'ang.
nja From: nja Date: July 26th, 2004 01:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll be thinking of you hiking through the hills in your lederhosen singing val-da-ree. Or are you going for the nun costume? ("God"daughter's twin sister bursts into tears if you even show her the DVD box for The Sound of Music). Bring us all back some Toblerone.
j4 From: j4 Date: July 26th, 2004 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mmmmm, nuns.
TSoM always makes me cry too, but not quite that quickly.

Why Toblerone, anyway? You can get that over here, & it's grim. I will bring you some real chocolate instead.
imc From: imc Date: July 27th, 2004 03:45 am (UTC) (Link)


Grim? Grim? Pah, some people don't know what's good for them!
j4 From: j4 Date: July 27th, 2004 04:42 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Toblerone

I know what's good for me, and I like chocolate that isn't made of lard and nougat. Dark chocolate, or creamy milky chocolate, but not that weird stuff. Besides, it's the most awkward possible shape for actually eating, and that irritates me.
From: besskeloid Date: July 26th, 2004 01:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
If I could fuck a mountain... - Will Oldham
j4 From: j4 Date: July 27th, 2004 04:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Feeling alpenhorny?
bopeepsheep From: bopeepsheep Date: July 26th, 2004 02:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well if it's quotes night, Going to the mountains is going home, Mallory, and Mountains are the beginning and end of all natural scenery, Ruskin.

Enjoy! I'd mention Toblerone but nja beat me to it and this week I'm mostly thinking of CHEESE anyway. Mmmm, CHEESE.
nja From: nja Date: July 26th, 2004 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Swiss cheat with their cheese, though. It's full of holes, which means you are paying good money for air! OK, it's going to be lovely fresh mountain air, but it's still not cheese.
bopeepsheep From: bopeepsheep Date: July 26th, 2004 02:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, but it melts so beautifully (and then there's no air in it) for fondue. Swiss fondue. Mmmmmmmmmmmm. /me puts all that lost weight back on just thinking about it. ;-)
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bopeepsheep From: bopeepsheep Date: July 26th, 2004 02:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
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j4 From: j4 Date: July 26th, 2004 03:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
We should go for a raclette some time. There's this lovely restaurant in Le Chable...

Dammit, come to Switzerland with me. Please.
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j4 From: j4 Date: July 26th, 2004 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
You beat me to it.

Leftover raclette cheese makes such good cheese-on-toast, too.
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j4 From: j4 Date: July 26th, 2004 03:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nope, don't understand this. Unless you under-catered on the potatoes.

It's not so much "under-catered on the potatoes" as "filled every suitable pan I own with potatoes and this still proved not quite enough for the amount of cheese which well-meaning grandparents gave me". They bring back a piece about ... [waves hands] *this* big.
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k425 From: k425 Date: July 27th, 2004 04:29 am (UTC) (Link)
What is "leftover raclette cheese"?

Have a lovely time, and eat plenty of cheese and chocolate. But not together, I don't think they go.
j4 From: j4 Date: July 27th, 2004 04:40 am (UTC) (Link)
They go quite well, actually, for some values of cheese and chocolate. A ripe and dense cheese with some very dark bitter chocolate, definitely. Or any mildish creamy-tasting cheese with dark chocolate batons full of kirsch, dusted with cocoa.

j4 From: j4 Date: July 26th, 2004 02:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Tsk. Nonsense! Gruyère doesn't have holes in, it's dense and cheesy and ripe and you can get it in different levels of saltiness over there, and the really salty stuff is gorgeous, though you need a glass of water to hand.

nja From: nja Date: July 26th, 2004 03:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gruyère has holes in it if you poke it with a pencil. Anyway, it can't be Swiss cheese because Swiss cheese has holes in it. It's the law.
julietk From: julietk Date: July 27th, 2004 02:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Cool! Enjoy yourself.
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