Once upon a time in Foix

Once upon a time in Foix... Foix (a town in the Pyrenees region) is homonymous with many other French nouns. As in "Once upon a time" ("Il était une fois" - spelt differently). It's even part of a famous nursery rhyme aimed at teaching children how to spell that word according to the context. It's... Continue Reading →

Complementary Colours

Léran, Ariège - August 2019 As I was posting this picture I researched complementary colours and realised there was a difference according to websites and possibly cultures. Strictly speaking, the orange of these pruning shears should be complemented by blue. I assumed my orange was red. Some say that green is red's complementary colour, some... Continue Reading →

Unlikely Event

I discovered the Ariege in the 2000s. It's a nice place, in the middle of nowhere where not much happens. Apart from gadding about amongts the trees  surrounded by beautiful mountains, not much unlikely happens. Fine, you might run into the odd bear (there are 40 of them now) but the buggers are rather afraid... Continue Reading →

My Favourite Place

I discovered the Ariège region in the Pyrenees 15 years ago. My wife's family is from there, I didn't know the area, which was pretty much deserted from the 1920s onwards. Our village is named Augirein, there are 70 inhabitants in that village. Now you must imagine that in the 1900s they were over 1,000... Continue Reading →

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