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Dispatches from way, way behind the lines in Switzerland
You may not find this terribly rewarding unless you're included here, so this is a good time for casual and random browsers to turn back before they get too caught up in the sweep and majesty of the proceedings and can't let go.
A short walk near the Col de la Croix
The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar, Iran, 1971), called the "Ramsar Convention", is anticipating the 47th meeting of its Standing Committee over the next week, and the eminent environmental consulting expert Mr Jones has been engaged to help out.
That's not the Ramsar Convention in the photo; it's just a hay shed.
Mr Jones has got himself free for the day preceding the solemn proceedings, and we've come up to the famous ski resort of Villars-sur-Ollon, in the Swiss Préalps, to go for a walk in the snow.
We're on the road leading out from upper Villars up towards the Col de la Croix, chatting merrily.
And catching up on the sometimes hilarious news.
The paved road to the Col de la Croix, and down to the village of Les Diablerets on the far side, is closed to traffic for the winter and used by skiers adventuring down from the ski lifts far above by the Chamossaire.
A ski piste on the right and sneaky car tracks on the left
An easy walk out into The Nature
Summer farm buildings, granaries, etc.
A sprinkling of summer farms
The sign for the buvette La Verneyre
The buvette, closed
We continue upward
Near Les Rembloz
The massif of Les Diablerets to the east
We're starting back
Back towards town
Mr Jones, suitably refreshed, is off to assist in the Ramsar deliberations, with all our best wishes.
and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, .
All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 11 April 2014.