Some of you have been justly nagging and complaining, about wanting to read another post. Here it is: the "end of the year Blog": everything you haven´t seen, everything you haven´t read about, everything I have eaten and not shared with you, in the year 2010. And it is to be an extensive post, as to give you an excuse over the holidays to escape from cluttering and clustering relatives,from big bony Braten und Klöpsen, from home knit jumpers and silly books, from the endless cakes and candles and boring walks spent chatting about boring (non- motorsport) topics, so you can sit in a deep armchair, pretending to be concentrating on something very profound and intellectual on your screen.
Winterraid, January 2010: Ice parcour on the frozen lake of Lenzerheide. Beautiful roads took my cousin and I in an MG-B, via alpine Passes through Switzerland, Italy, Austria and Germany. Our plan was to learn driving on snow, sideways. Unfortunately no, really no snow on the roads meant no decent driving. Regularity Rallyes are not really my cup of tea: I´m too bad at maths....
|Instead, Winter was raging at home, meaning wasteful and housewify drifting attempts on the Ikea Parking lot. In the kitchen meanwhile:|
|Beautiful, healthy and delicious delicious Winter Cabbage, great for Salads and Soups.|
|I managed to get hold of Bitter Oranges: (they have a short season and are almost impossible to find). Sticky days spend making real Marmalade.|
|Resolution No. 1 for next year: getting to understand Onions.... Yum yum, crunch crunch.|
|Spring meant fresh greens -|
|Start of the amazing Tour Auto.|
|Track Day at Spa, with Claudia Hürtgen,|
|Ever wondered why everyone loves Spa Franco champs?!|
|First spring harvest: lovely tongue dancing rhubarb.|
|Early Summer evening happiness-|
|Le Mans experience, extraordinaire,|
|followed by Oldtimer Grand Prix in August|
|Famous one hour race, Saturday night.|
|It is in fact a very uncommon race; from dawn to darkness in race cars from the fifties and early sixties. As the light changes, so do the sounds and the movement of the cars. Great to watch!|
|Fantastic moments this week end:|
|with the Kobold Racer fast at the Marathon,|
|the children finally interested in something sensible,|
|and friends ready to talk about cars only! Summer vegetables growing|
|In fact so abundant towards September, that it becomes hard work:|
|Apple sauce for winter pancake evenings,|
|Crab apple jelly and my favourite:|
|Quince jelly from our trees.|
|Beans yum yum yum beans, fire beans runner beans whatever they are called, I LOVE BEANS. Only not when they are baked and tinned and "Heinzed"... So much cooking tinning, jellying, saucing and often fail-experimenting needs a reward, a BIG reward!|
|Dix-mille-tours at Le Castellet. To finish off the season nicely, Madame.|
|I see red: Kobold and I are poor little gnoms, goblins, sprites compared to this Armada of precious Reds. Yup.|
|"Sixties endurance" is a two hour race on Sunday evening. Didier Denat in his beautiful two liter 911.|
|2507034101 pictures of this car in my camera proof that I have fallen totally in love with it...|
|Not star wars, but as close as it gets: scary french fire fighters...|
|Marc de Siebenthal and his Team: MY team.Yeah.|
|And it is always the same guessing gamble: clouds are gathering threateningly, what Pneus to use?|
|Typical Pierre- working without break,having a fag..|
|In case you wondered: I took the first turn yet the very moment I handed the car over to Marc heavens opened and it poured with rain. Lucky me. We came third in our class, though. Well done us!!|
|Anybody guess what this is? It´s rare to see them alive on track. And what a beautiful and elegant sight!!!|
|Wheels for wheels,|
|and Meals on wheels, as we like it!|
Merry Christmas to everyone, thank you for being the nagging, loyal and supportive readers you are!
Thank you everyone who left comments after the posts, making this blog a lively place!
Thank you for sharing what I love so much!
Enjoy the Holidays, and all the wrong and thoughtful and loving presents, even if they have nothing to do with cars and Motor sport.
And remember: it´s Christmas, be kind to your relatives: they would probably much rather be having a nice beer at some nice bar at a fantastic track after a great long race too.
See you in 2011.