Been a bit light on the blogging this week, as I was doing a three day workshop in Germany, sunny old Walldorf as usual, SAP Headquarters, so there are still potential banking projects moving out there, despite all the turmoil and chaos.
Was nice to see my colleagues in the flesh for a change, and had a very good knockabout workshop with a nice bunch that I have worked with many times over the years...
The weekend brought the caves ouvertes here in Geneva. This is when the local wineries throw open their doors to the general public, and show people around, and have a rip roaring time feeding adults wine, doing nice things for the kids, etc. Normally I buy most of my wine at the local main winery, the Chateau du Crest, but it quite crowded on the open days, as it is a (relative to Geneva) big producer, and so we had the pleasure of going to another smaller local cave that has just started selling its new red wine, aided and abetted by the owners of the local terrain.
The weather was gorgeous, and we wandered round this lovely domaine in the sun enjoying the wine, and the sun, and then went for a buffet lunch with a load of local friends, and sat in the shelter of the trees having a lovely lunch and afternoon.
Here is the proprieter of the cave (wine cellar) trying to keep up with the locals, and what can be a rather insatiable thirst. His red was very good, and generally very well received.
This jovial chap is Mr Terrier, our charming next door neighbour, and former long serving mayor for the commune. As he said, "I have often been photographed with a glass of wine in my hand, but it is rare to be snapped with the whole carton."
A small pony was on hand to provide amusement to the young girls who came. (The young boys all went and had a fight on the nearby trampoline. Innate gender differences, eh?)
Here is a rare picture of Mr and Mrs Spaceship standing in the gardens of the domaine, which as you can see are rather nice.
It's easy to smile in the sunshine, with a supply of good wine near to hand.
Here we all are sitting at lunch. The Smallest Space Cadet of them All is sitting in the tree on the right, if you look closely.
Marvellous time had by all, and Mrs Spaceship got sunburn.
Next day we invited a few friends over for Sunday lunch, and here on the subject of innate gender differences are the boys on a nice sunny day. Doing the important job of squishing electronic ghosts on the PS/2 and scrupulously avoiding the risk of sunshine.
Meanwhile the girls are all out playing on the electronic battery powered bike that we have. (Bought in the local bric a brac for 90 euros. Money well spent.)
So, nice to go away, very nice to be back, and will be posting more regularly in the next couple of days.