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mspath

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Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Here is a link to a book that details a gardener’s perspective of the Camino Frances.


Bombay Bill,
What a great idea! I'm off to 'cultivate my onions' here in France but look forward to reading this soon. Thanks for sharing thr link.
 
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Thanks for this. I am a keen veg grower and made sure I kept an eye on the huertas en route. I bought some seeds in O Pedrouzo to bring back as living mementos. Sadly that will not be the case in future as due to the B word we are no longer legally permitted to bring seeds back into the UK from the EU and vice versa. Will need to get that book now.

Edited to add:

Got it.Amazon UK have the kindle version. Guess what will keep me awake tonight.
 

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we are no longer legally permitted to bring seeds back
I don't know the details, but... seeds are something that must always be declared upon entry into my country (Canada). That doesn't necessarily mean they are forbidden. I believe that they are often allowed, upon inspection - for example, a commercially packaged envelope. It might be worth checking further.
 

BombayBill

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2021
Thanks for this. I am a keen veg grower and made sure I kept an eye on the huertas en route. I bought some seeds in O Pedrouzo to bring back as living mementos. Sadly that will not be the case in future as due to the B word we are no longer legally permitted to bring seeds back into the UK from the EU and vice versa. Will need to get that book now.

Edited to add:

Got it.Amazon UK have the kindle version. Guess what will keep me awake tonight.
Let the thread know what you think of the book? I haven’t read it.
 
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2021
Here is a link to a book that details a gardener’s perspective of the Camino Frances.

I am not much of a gardener but if I remember correctly that Professor Gitlitz in his great book "Pilgrimage Road To Santiago" references flora and fauna pretty often along the Camino.
 

OTH86

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2017
When I wanted to bring some seeds back from Spain - but knew that would be illegal, I took pictures of the plants, and occasionally asked what the plant was in my pathetic Spanish. Then went to the annual Flower & Garden show in Seattle, and showed photos and my notes to the folks selling seeds - AND FOUND SOME - at least similar, and they are still growing in my little Pea Patch! Galician greens to make soup!
 

Gadflyparexcellence

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It appears to be a fascinating work.

Come to think of flowers, trees, weeds etc on the Camino, did anyone come across lilacs? While during my trips on the Camino I did not come across any lilacs, I do know that there are lilac trees in Spain and was just wondering if anyone recalls seeing them.

Recently I wrote a piece (link below) on lilacs and was wondering if lilac played a similar role in Spain as it did in various other countries.

https://tschaudhuri.medium.com/lila...t-lilacs-sparked-the-imagination-3045cee3695a
 

Camino Chrissy

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It appears to be a fascinating work.

Come to think of flowers, trees, weeds etc on the Camino, did anyone come across lilacs? While during my trips on the Camino I did not come across any lilacs, I do know that there are lilac trees in Spain and was just wondering if anyone recalls seeing them.

Recently I wrote a piece (link below) on lilacs and was wondering if lilac played a similar role in Spain as it did in various other countries.

https://tschaudhuri.medium.com/lila...t-lilacs-sparked-the-imagination-3045cee3695a
A very well written and lovely article with beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing it. I love lilacs and their fragrance is delightful!
 
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Marbe2

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2015-2019 walked all or more than half of CF 7 times... CP recently cancelled by Covid 19!
I don't know the details, but... seeds are something that must always be declared upon entry into my country (Canada). That doesn't necessarily mean they are forbidden. I believe that they are often allowed, upon inspection - for example, a commercially packaged envelope. It might be worth checking further.
InUSA I believe they need to be approved for export to the USA andit must be written on the package... otherwise they will be confiscated at airport.
 

NualaOC

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Thanks @BombayBill for sharing the article. I read this book and really enjoyed it as an alternative perspective on the Camino Francés. His attention to horticultural detail was fascinating and I think it will prompt me to pay more attention to trees and plants next time.

However, if you're looking for a reflective Camino memoir, this mightn't be for you!
 

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Here is a link to a book that details a gardener’s perspective of the Camino Frances.

I'm reading this at the moment, it's right here beside me! I'm enjoying it, it's a different way of looking at the Camino and the descriptions and historical detail about how plants have been used are fascinating. Makes me wish I had this with me on my Caminos. Oh no, I'll have to go back again! Another interesting element of the book for me is the timing - the author was walking at the same time I was (Camino no. 2, Sept/Oct 2017), and I well remember that drought and subsequent fires (not sure if he'll mention those, I'm about halfway through the book).

Anyway, definitely enjoying it so far. And the illustrations and cover design are lovely too (yes, I have the print version!)
 

witsendwv

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InUSA I believe they need to be approved for export to the USA andit must be written on the package... otherwise they will be confiscated at airport.
Not always!!! When my bag was chosen for random inspection upon our return to the US for contraband meat products the seed packets were ignored. (I still grow and save pepper seeds every year.)
 
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Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Not always!!! When my bag was chosen for random inspection upon our return to the US for contraband meat products the seed packets were ignored. (I still grow and save pepper seeds every year.)
It sounds like carrying seed packets abroad on aircraft can be similar to the hiking pole debate...yes, no, maybe.😅
 

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