Le Parcellaire

Le Parcellaire Content : La Bastide de Sérou, rue d’Arize - Foix - 14 July
La Tour Lafont - Pamiers -18 July
Giant chestnut trees - Le Temps des Cerises - The wild Boar - Land Parcel 234-235, 21 July
Faydit de Brouzenac - 22 July
Mr de la Bastide
Apple-trees, Notre Dame de Sabart, Land Parcel 20, 8 August
Mr l’Escoussière, Land Parcels 228, 229, 242, 251, 9 August
Mimine at Eychenat
From one mill to another ...
Mélanie of the Goats, 11th August
The Knight of the ferruginous waters, Baron of Alzen
The black bicycle
Land Parcels 169, 172,12 August - The Arize / Mr Fallacy
Land Parcels 229, 234, 228, 13 August – Mr L’Escoussière / Norbert Casteret
Land Parcels 58, 78, 79, 14 August - Pompeia Primilla
Parcels 52, 54 - Carrier Pigeons
Land Parcel 640, 15 August - The Land Parcel of God
The Colonel Bravadida
Honoré d’Urfé - L’Astrée - Bathylle - Leda - Mr L’Escoussière - 26 July, Land Parcel 88
Xanthippe and Socrates - The Pear-trees - Land Parcel 85 bis, 27 July
The Fountain-basin-wash house - Land Parcel 1002, 28 July
The Garum - La Balmo - Land Parcel 998
Pierre Bayle - Toulouse Lautrec - Yvette Guilbert - Wednesday 30 July, Land Parcels 1017/1018
Abbé Breuil - Father Teilhard de Chardin - Prehistory - Elohin, Jahwe, God of Pity - Land Parcel 104, 1 August
A miner’s pick - 2 August
The Wild Boar - 2 August
Mr Fallacy - Land Parcels 87, 88, 89, 3 August
La Madelon - La Der-des-Ders (1914-1918) - Mr Limebrick - Massat - 4 August
The Farrier - Land Parcel 1002, 5 August
The Blacksmith - Mr Irjava-scriptter - Pepi’Stieni- Land Parcel 87, 7 August
The Mill of Malarnaud
Festos de Fouix (Festival of Foix), 8 September

La Tour Lafont - Pamiers -18 July


            There we are, it is ready, it is signed, well nearly. It still has to pass under the Prefect’s nose and the official papers will be sent to me : just as well make the most of it straight away ; but already the REFAS intervenes for the commune des Plas is rather remarkable in terms of agricultural continuance if one compares it with all the communes of the mountain zone. Its land structures are less run down, the slopes less sloped, the quality of its soils putting the brakes on fern invasion, which is the lot of more acidy terrains. Nonetheless the agriculturers move away into town and the installation of neo-peasants occurs less frequently than the cessation of business by farms, such installation being, of course, the resultant of the efforts of the offices of the REFAS (Gascogne/Haut-Languedoc). The hamlet planted Oak, for example, which concerns us, does not count more than two permanent female inhabitants nowadays, Mme M. and her daughter, very diminished agriculturesses since they only cultivate a few hundred square meters and have already sold all their cattle. Secondary residents, in exchange, come regularly to this place to be back in a land which is theirs or has become such. It speaks for the importance of installing in viable conditions couples of young agriculturers (and their lepsicrottes) who will ensure the maintenance of the landscape and the guarantee for the owners-lessors of a small complementary revenu (100  kilos of good beef, that is around 560 F per annum) if not the survival of the school of des Plas, recently reopened. This explains also why the REFAS rather than attribute these lands to pseudo-agriculturers from some Borough-Paréage, in the plain, people who would have simply fenced in sheep there, has chosen to proceed to a permanent installation of Neos, the same committing themselves to exploiting personally, during fifteen years at least, on a fenced in surface of about twenty hectares, their herd of dairy lamas and beef zebus.


La Tour Lafont, Ariège


            The neo-agriculturer, Nick-Gascogne, is thought to come from the Languedoc where he is supposed to have become illustrious on the occasion of the Revolution of the Rutabagas by some excess of regionalist enthusiasm, while the neo-agriculturess, Nick-Languedoc, an authentic northerner, always according to jealous rumour, lived hirsute in the woods of Ferobach (like the Savage Woman of Vicdessos) in the midst of fourteen Hippies in want of a muse, poor people in rags who, chased from Afghanistan, chased from Nepal, chased from the Causses or from the Cevennes now find themselves at the end of the world where they manufacture mountain goat cheese. So this explains why the spies of the REFAS intervened telephonically and cantankerously, to accuse me of being ignorant of the lot of the country’s agriculturers, and of understanding nothing about the destiny of these herds of bovidae, a large family, certainly, but certain branches of which are thought to be on the way to total disappearance if one believes Mrs Wringthebeak, the teacher of geography in the lower classes of a college in the area, who for one claims that only six hundred specimens still exist in the region of Castillon and of Oust and that it is high time to photograph them and to reproduce them, in the name of the new ecological necessities, just as it is urgent to cultivate the image of these mountain shepherds, these pyrenean “pastous”, shrivelled up under their black berets, leaning on their long staffs and who, in the shelter of an immense blue umbrella, count and recount their meagre retirement pay.


Pamiersau 15° siècle, Postcard


            From Appaméa,  my base camp,  (altitude 272 m) as far as planted Oak (701 m, at the fountain) all roads are permitted via Neighbour-Borough (altitude 400 m), an agglomeration implanted under the roman occupation and whose streets - a souvenir of the medieval bastides - cut at right angles. The sky is blue over the Haut-Languedoc and the Gascogne, the line at the horizon green, the car turquoise blue. The land does not budge and the pervading breeze is so gentle that it does not manage to stir the immense aquarium of transparent air whose surface is lightly touched by the summits of the fir-trees, high up in the area of the Tour Lafont.


Claude d’Esplas (Le Parcellaire)
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Translation : Dagmar Coward Kuschke (Tübingen)

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