So, winter is finally giving way to spring, it's official, the crocuses are pushing up, the garden is at least brown if not green and we're wearing shorts!
It's been a fantastic winter season in many ways, although the last weeks were particularly dangerous and there were almost daily avalanche ski fatalities which put a damper on things.
We enjoyed a great week exploring the Val d'Anniviers region - a wonderful area for snowshoeing that I will certainly be going back to.
Unfortunately the unsettled weather prevented us getting to grips with the Val d'Hérens but that will be for next year.
As usual the Easter week was beautiful - fresh snow fell the first weekend giving the summits and slopes a fresh coat of white. Conditions were excellent and we had some great walks, always with Mont Blanc as a backdrop, seen from all angles - Switzerland, the French Aravis and the Italian Val Ferret.
My favourite dog, Skip, joined us for our final day when we went up above the Italian Val Ferret for what has to be the best views ever!!
So now it's time to relax, regroup and enjoy some spring downtime.
But summer is just around the corner and there are some great treks to sign up for - notably the Chamonix Zermatt Walker's Route, the new Tour of the Grand Muveran, and the classic Tour of Mont Blanc.