Chris Slade describes the son et lumiere presentation at the abbey of Bon Repos called "Le Pays de Conomor" in Brittany, which takes place during the first two weeks of August.
If it were blowing a gale outside your French home would your first thought be to rush into the local woods to go hunting for ceps, chanterelles and pied de mouton mushrooms? Read Nicola’s account of mushroom hunting in Brittany in the middle of a storm.
Nicola has a stomach ache. She ate some wild mushrooms yesterday. Is it possible she has picked up a little mushroom poisoning after not cooking them for long enough?
If your friend refuses to share her secret mushroom hunting ground in France, what’s the next best thing? How about sharing her harvest and a quick lesson in mushroom preparation and cooking?
After months of exceptionally dry weather, it has rained solidly for the past six days in Brittany. The constant rain has been good for Guillaume, the local Breton farmer, as the grass is visibly growing and his cows have once again lots of lovely lush grass. Constant rain at this time of year is also great for mushroom picking, a private and secretive activity of many Bretons.