Pierre, my friend from skiing, has become caretaker to Lou Rider for the new owners. They plan to use the chalet as a second home, rather for accommodating guests and will only be there from time to time. They came to an agreement that Pierre could live there and look after the place in return for a peppercorn rent, he jumped at the suggestion and is now comfortably installed. He called to say that a quantity of furniture was being disposed of and was I interested in rescuing anything before it headed to the skip. Of course, was the answer, so I spent an enjoyable yet damp couple of days in my old winter haunt of Espiaube, amongst vibrant green, flower filled, alpine pastures, catching up with Pierre, hiking the abandoned ski resort and enjoying the peace and quiet of off season mountain life, I filled the van with bunk beds, mattresses, a table and benches and various other useful items in exchange for strimming around the chalet and moving a few items of furniture inside. We celebrated our new abodes with a curry feast, in true chalet style, and I left content that my links with Lou Rider are not yet over.