Wednesday, 16 December 2009


My, we have a chilly spell of weather down here in the Ariège this week, and across much of western France by the sounds of it. The temps are struggling to make it above zero degrees during the day and the trees above 1000m are coated with a frosty, sparkling whiteness thanks to the not so gentle touch of the banks of freezing fog that have passed through over the last 48 hours.

The fog cleared today but the high cloud ensured that temperatures remained around freezing. We took advantage of the clearing this afternoon and had a jolly jaunt from Massat up the hill to Peyregude and then contoured the hillside on wonderfully runnable forest paths and trails with a lovelyview of the Col des roses and Pic de Barres in the distant, weak sunshine. and on down to the descent path which led back down to the quiet road that leads from Liers back in to Massat. A pleasant little outing.

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