Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Le Recyclage en Vacances: # 3. Don't peak too soon

Our cabin is nestled amongst rolling green hills in the Alpine countryside, surrounded by fir trees and open fields, where a herd of cows is busy grazing. The tinkling of their cowbells, broken only by the sound of mooing, provides the most idyllic soundtrack to our spectacular view.

Across the valley, a range of tree-lined mountains greets our eyes, with their snow-capped peaks poking up through the low-lying clouds. The real icing on this Alpine cake is the glacier that emerges from the distance. Its beauty lies before us like a lady in the prime of her life.

The skies are so blue. The air is light and so fresh and it really feels like we are close to space.

Like a scene from a movie, I can hear the director shout "cut" and change the shot to Almost Mr Average stood happily in the kitchen.

Mr A is smiling.

He's happy because having spent a few days living with piles of potential recycling cluttering the small worktop, he's decided he can just bung 'em in the bin with the rest of the rubbish.

"Happy days", he thinks.

He's waited patiently for me to suss out the system and it is good news that in our holiday village we can recycle glass, paper, batteries and PET bottles.

But sadly there's no place for Tetra paks, plastic containers, fruit bags or kitchen waste.

So after months of battling against my defences, Mr A is taking a real holiday.

He's even refused my extreme request to take the containers back to England and is merrily bunging stuff in the bin, no matter what!

I think Mr A loves the Swiss town of Leysin. I think he wants to stay, not because of the beautiful and dramatic views but for his new-found freedom.

Until I wipe the smile off his face!

And shout

"Don't throw away that bread!"

Puzzled, he looks at me in disbelief.

Yes...for some peculiar reason, even though we can't save the rest of the rubbish, we can recycle stale bread!

So director, please cut back to the views of the Alpine peaks, whose beauty could make even a grown man cry!

Better to show Mr A crying over over a sight like that than being beaten in a comedy manner with the remains of a stale baguette!



Anonymous said...

the scenery looks stunning - how beautiful for you all.

And it looks like it will be in interesting holiday of compromises between you and mr A - that's great for strengthening the vows of marriage don't you think? LOL!

Enjoy that scenery,
Mrs G x

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

How beautiful it looks and the way you described it I could almost feel the freshness of the air and hear the cow bells.

Do hope you have a fantastic holiday and good luck trying to keep Mr A on the straight and narrow!

A x

Almost Mrs Average said...

Hi Mrs G - Have just managed to keep a wi-fi signal strong enough to get some time to comment. The scenery is absolutely gorgeous and I've even managed to catch a view of Mont Blanc.

Mr A is in fine spirits and you're not be too hard on him eh? I can't wait to catch up with your endeavours when I get home. :-D

Hi Strawberry Jam Anne - Thank you for your well wishes. The cow bells are still tinkling as I am sat on top of the children's slide overlooking the gorgeous field, which is the only way to get a wi-fi signal up here. However, the blue skies have turned grey, as the rainclouds cover the mountains. I had wondered how the grass stays green. After a spectacular thuderstorm last night, I now know.

I also know it's blimming cold. So I'd better get myself back into the warmth for a mug of hot chocolate ;-D

Anonymous said...

What a lovely holiday location!

It's funny how, once you start, it's impossible to stop recycling - which I guess is a good thing!

I went camping the other week and naturally I brought back all my empty drinks containers (there's a deposit on them over here in Canada!) but I also brought back all my tins and all my plastics.

(I drew the line at coming back with my compostables though!).


Almost Mrs Average said...

Hi Jon - LOL - I know what you mean...and yes I have also bought some items back from Switzerland. It's funny isn't it. I never used to be like this...what the heck's happened? I am really glad to hear you didn't bring back your compostables. :-D

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