Coming from the French word terre for “soil,” the word terroir originally described the special characteristics of a region, or piece of land, which gave different varieties of wine, coffee and tea their individuality. (Soil, climate, position, regional traditions….)

In many regions of France, the ritual gathering of mushrooms in the autumn (but also spring spring and summer depending upon the weather), is a culture in itself. Whole families or groups of friends make a day of it, and head off ‘à la recherche des champignons’

As the rain clouds gathered on Thursday morning, I jumped in the car with two adventure-loving pals and headed up to the ominously-named Pont du Diable (Devil’s bridge) in Céret to meet up with our guide from Extérieur Nature.

Cindy Guilbert has forgotten more than most of us ever knew about  flowers and herbs. She  makes perfumes, paints mandala watercolours and other artworks, makes chocolates,  dabbles in crafts……Visit her at Naturale Magick.  or contacther by e-mail at naturale.magick@gmail.com.

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