tom lywood poet

Tom Lywood
Album 2

Home a rolling word manon the edge of the forestContact

Trufflers Wife

Flying Away
This year it proved even more embarrassing than usual to confess that I was off to spend a week skiing. But there is only so much a truffler’s wife can take, and the day that Tom announced that he thought it would be bad karma to charge a penny for his services as a truffle hunter, was the one I booked my flight to the snowy peaks for a good think. Skiing in the Alps was once the pastime of 007 and the Milk Tray man. Now, the slopes are full of grannies from oop north and junkies. Ascending in a chair lift, marvelling at the landscape lifted straight from the Sound of Music, I found myself instead on the set of Coronation Street. Three seventy year-olds sitting next to me were discussing the best place to find skiing goggles in Bingley. “The cheapest are in that ski shop next to Weatherspoons,” croaked one. “Well, I bought mine from Aldi,” droned another, dressed, like her friends, in a pastel skisuit with matching sweatband. Skiing feels
dangerous enough at 45. At 71 it must be suicide. But more surprising still was an encounter I had, two days later, with a bunch of French Algerian snowboarders. Five of them trouped into a cable car, sat down and flicked open the window. One then fished what looked like a piece of fudge out of his pocket, but instead of eating it, he started to burn it and rolled it into a big fat joint. As he puffed his way up the mountain, stopping only to offer a drag to his friends, and, at one point, to me, I vowed to ski behind him. I needn’t have worried. As soon as we reached the top, he skied off, toke in hand, off the edge of the piste and into oblivion.


Wed 04 May 2016

Sun 17 May 2015

Mon 17 Oct 2011

Sun 24 Jul 2011

Fri 24 Jun 2011

Mon 14 Feb 2011

Wed 15 Dec 2010

Wed 03 Nov 2010

Sun 17 Oct 2010

Mon 11 Oct 2010

Thu 05 Aug 2010

Wed 05 May 2010

Sat 10 Apr 2010

Wed 03 Mar 2010

Wed 24 Feb 2010

Mon 22 Feb 2010

Wed 13 Jan 2010

Mon 21 Dec 2009

Sun 22 Nov 2009

Wed 11 Nov 2009

Sat 24 Oct 2009

Fri 23 Oct 2009

Fri 02 Oct 2009

Fri 18 Sep 2009

Mon 20 Jul 2009

Mon 22 Jun 2009

Fri 22 May 2009

Wed 06 May 2009

Tue 24 Mar 2009

Wed 18 Mar 2009

Tue 03 Mar 2009

Mon 02 Mar 2009

Sun 01 Mar 2009

Sat 31 Jan 2009

Mon 19 Jan 2009

Fri 16 Jan 2009

Mon 08 Dec 2008

Mon 01 Dec 2008

Sat 29 Nov 2008

Fri 14 Nov 2008

Tue 11 Nov 2008

Mon 18 Aug 2008

Mon 11 Aug 2008

Fri 08 Aug 2008

Mon 21 Jul 2008

Wed 16 Jul 2008

Wed 09 Jul 2008