I am terribly sad to have to report that our beautiful Zig,Trekking in the Alps and Trekking in Provence cat, and great friend to us, died last night.
She was 18 years old and we had had the very best of times.
For those who share my love of pussycats, here she is in photos.
Over the years I've had loads of articles in walking magazines but for some unfathomable reason they've never put one of my shots on the cover - until now. Hooray to Trek and Mountain who rightly claim to be the UK's leading trekking and mountaineering magazine. This mag is a breath of fresh air compared to some of the older rather staid titles on the shelves.
For those of you who've already done the TMB with me you might find your photo in there and for those of you signed up for this summer you'll get an exciting taste of what's in store.
Of course the TMB and all other alpine treks should only be done with me - but you know that already, right???
Trekking in the Alps and Provence is a small company run by me, Hilary Sharp. I am an International Mountain Leader and I spent 23 years living in the French Alps near Chamonix, France. I now live further south in northern Provence. I offer guided walking winter and summer in the Alps, Provence and elsewhere in Europe. Summer we trek from hut to hut or have hotel based weeks with one and two day walks in the mountains; winter we snowshoe, either in the forests or more often higher up above the tree-line, usually aiming for non-glaciated summits. Springtime and autumn sees us hiking in the wild and spectacular hills and valleys of Provence, amongst the olive groves and lavendar fields.