Mushroom hunting, chestnut harvesting

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This weekend we were invited on an expedition by a French couple who also live in Pau – the plan was to go mushroom gathering.

But apparently, for relative novices, mushrooms can be incredibly elusive – and we ended up harvesting an entirely different sort of crop than was initially proposed.

We headed out early Sunday morning.  It was a crisp, sunny day – perfect scarf and sweater weather.Six people formed the regiment – the French couple, their twin five-year olds, David and I –  the adults armed with knives, the children with sticks and plastic utensils.

We were warned by a seasoned mushroom hunter that the forest we originally planned to visit was strangely bereft of mushrooms at the moment – so we chose a different part of the woods to stake out.

Once we got out of Pau, the landscape was dappled with cute country cottages, corn fields, and…

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