Sunday, 23 November 2014

There are two mercerias in Pas de La Casa, Andorra and both are so well-stocked it's not easy to move around without knocking something over!

In the huge choice of supermercados in Pas there's a big choice of Pastis and every other drink you can think of plus ones you may never even have heard of!

There's already neige on the peaks and the pistes have been given a good base ready for the imminent ski season.

There's a little snow underfoot on the shady areas of the trottoirs.

The main reason for my visit to Pas this week was to buy balls of no. 8 thread for making skeins (above) ready for hand-dyeing along with fabric fat quarters for our Autumn Craft Fair which took place yesterday and today in Aulos near Les Cabannes, just along the RN20 to the south of Tarascon.
Not a bad spot to spend a really warm weekend in November!  The mountain in the background is Mont Quié, famous for its climbing and also for magnificent birds of prey including the gypaete - bearded vulture.


Friday was an interesting day too - my first manifestation!
I was one of about 400 people marching against the creation of a huge quarry in a spectacularly beautiful valley near Tarascon.  The proposed digging would destroy a whole mountainside from Bédeilhac to Saurat which at the moment is tranquille countryside.   The amazing Mont Calames is the area concerned.

The march was very well organised and started off from the Conseil Général in Foix, circled around the chateau de Foix then all around the busy Friday morning market ending in front of the Préfecture where delegates delivered a 5 kilo dossier of signatures against the proposals.

If the proposals were allowed to go ahead it would be a disaster for the area for tourists and locals alike.  
www.gardiensducalames.fr
 is the site to visit for more info. and to sign the petition against the quarry.




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