Hello to Everyone again and our apologies are required as its been such a long time between blogs but as you’re about to find out we have been quite busy for the last 3 months…
The Autumn season is really upon us now in the Hakuba Valley & looking up onto the surrounding mountains you can get a glimpse of the first trees starting to turn and find their rich reds, yellows and browns before shedding entirely and bracing for the winter months. There has also been light snow falls on the Alps over recent weeks down to 2000m a gentle reminder of what is soon to be coming in bucket loads. So stay tuned and we’ll update you on the snow falls all through winter.
Happo-One starting to get a tinge of Red through the trees– these were taken from our roof top.
As I mentioned previously things have been hectic around the lodge, starting in July we walked into a place that was needing a real clean-out and dusting. I did some repairs to the roof & painted the flat kitchen roof. Also found and fixed some water damage in the staff accommodation area. The building itself is in quite good condition and as you can see in the photo’s just a paint job here and there can modernize and improve it greatly. The Kitchen was for want of better words – Horrendous. It was as if it had never ever been cleaned. After Sarasa flatly refused to even attempt to clean it, I bravely took to it like a man possessed. I actually gutted the whole place and striped out the floor. Fixed leaking water pipes, fixed and stained cupboard doors, eventually laying new flooring. I rebuilt and cleaned the gas stove top, cleaned the remaining stainless benches and cupboards. It’s now a kitchen again…
By August our hero arrived – Mr Terry Mortimer to assist with the re-make. The exterior was the next target and after about 80 litres of paint and 4 weeks we had a very smart looking lodge, back to its Austrian Heritage. Inside we updated the lower floor, stairs and Lounge areas with new carpet – not a fun job. The man from Geelong worked like a Trojan, day in day out and was finally rewarded with a week off in Kanazawa and Tokyo with another Premiership flag for his beloved Geelong Cats. He kept telling me he was retired, while I kept reminding him how well he works.
Sarasa was unbelievable sooo busy with work in Amsterdam and the lodge PLUS organizing our Wedding! (opening party for taxation purposes). YES we finally had a wonderful wedding ceremony to replace the 7pm Monday night marriage at Hakuba Town Hall several months previously. Joined by our Family & friends we celebrated for around a week.
Wedding and stuff back at the lodge.
Showing everyone around Hakuba and observing their reactions was a real thrill, even though being a quiet time of the year the peeps were still impressed with what is on offer in this wonderful part of the world, it made me feel proud to live here. Whether hiking up on Happo One, helicopter rides and hot air ballooning, soba noodle cooking classes or Trout fishing are just a few examples of what we did. Even simply relaxing, taking in the scenery and walking around the Mizuho community was enjoyable to some.. So much so that a lot of the gang are back in the winter for some powder action so we can’t wait to welcome them again with open arms.
Many thanks go to Terry – a true gentleman & Merv with my last minute push on the tools, also to both our Parents who helped us leading up to the wedding – couldn’t have done it ourselves..
So if you are needing a nice holiday – especially this coming January, February or March, come visit us in our lodge and enjoy what Hakuba has to offer … We have been takings bookings lately it's a good time to get organized and start planning. Also we’ll be adding more blogs regularly as we put the final touches on the lodge so keep in touch and hope to see you in Hakuba soon.
Stephen – Snowlines Lodge Hakuba.