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I have a video of an elderly man cutting with a scythe on the Norte and was thinking how to share it (not too good on tech things!) So thanks for your pic!
The 'backbone of the country' 💪🙏
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I constantly had the impression on the Camino that I was walking through people's private gardens. It seemed so intimate, so personal to Spanish life. Thank you for a lovely thread.
 
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Another thread has given me the idea to post photos of vegetable gardens seen along the Way. I was fascinated by the size of some of the private ones and their owners toiling in them, mostly older folk.
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These photos remind me that once I arrived in Galicia in the autumn of 2014, I was struck by a very unusual beauty and grace in the elderly women working small fields -- between Villa Franca de Bierzo and SdC I would say (going by memory only).
 
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Maybe it is a broccoli, there are some red ones of those. Although, even these are purple, despite their names. Looks like I might have to do the Camino Catalan. @Rick of Rick and Peg do you have a location for that photo?
We had a little chat about gardening. Although the fog of memory obscures things and my spoken Spanish and listening Spanish may have mangled the conversation I asked if he grew those plants as flowers or to eat. For flowers is what is in my head.

For some reason my GPS was not on. After doing some map exploring my best guess as to the location is 41.8737,0.3275. Definitely between 41.872,0.334 and the camino's intersection with A-133 at 41.882,0.308 where we later waved at each when he drove by and took a left. This is on my stage from Tamarite de Litera and Monzón in Aragon.

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I did the camino in late October and early November. Most of the fields were put to rest and pre Pyrenees the scenery wasn't all that awesome. In the spring it would be really nice with many shades of green instead of brown and the many orchards would be in bloom. It is not a well walked route.
 
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What wonderful and inspirational gardens - and the same applies to the people who tend them. The background scenery is also very appealing to those of us still trapped in our own countries.

I hope you won't mind a bit of levity on my part. Earlier in the year, when I had no idea how COVID-19 would pan out in Australia, I established a fanciful survival garden on my balcony; and after excellent suggestions it grew in scope to include relaxing yoga, inspirational art works and a lucky rabbit's foot. The end result is attached for your amusement.

Best wishes
Bob M
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In post no 12 of Rick of Rick and Pegs 900 year old chestnut tree does anyone else see a tall 'tree' person, possibly with wings, looking at something in their hands - maybe their guidebook?
 
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Glad it wasn't just me having bleary eyes in the wee hours! - (night duty, neonatal ICU) Thought it was a wood carving at first. I hadn't seen the tree from that angle when passing by in 2014😊 Linda
 

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Sometimes I think that pilgrimage routes in Europe are one long, strung-out garden, but the delicacies depend on the season. Plums just happened to be ripening to perfection on a few of my hikes, and one could often enjoy an unexpected feast from roadside trees (not in a farmer's field - just from accidental growths, perhaps from discarded seeds). A few light taps with a walking pole resulted in a shower of plums where the 'low hanging fruit' had already been eaten. Blackberries were generally available and often luscious.

I have often thought that some of the wonderful wayside greens would make a great addition to snacks, but I was never brave enough to try. Dill grows by the road everywhere from England to Jerusalem, but I don't go for the flavour. Maybe there is a field guide for wayside foragers?

But the produce available in small markets and village shops was to die for: Cherries, peaches are just two that stick in my mind. At the end of my Camino to Santiago I ate about 2kg of cherries at one go.

It is all another blessing for pilgrims.

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I always walk in the spring, so always just the beginnings of a garden.
Also, no ripe fruit or figs to be found. Maybe a good thing in my case as I recall in Ireland a few years ago in early September, walking alongside a very long hedgerow of blackberry bushes. I couldn't stop eating the abundant and ripened fruit...so perfect and luscious! I was so slow and was left behind by my family who didn't want to stop and wait for me. I had to run to catch up to them several times on our hike. I love scavanging and foraging!
 

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. . . . . . I have often thought that some of the wonderful wayside greens would make a great addition to snacks, but I was never brave enough to try. Dill grows by the road everywhere from England to Jerusalem, but I don't go for the flavour. Maybe there is a field guide for wayside foragers?

Bob M
I would be very cautious about recommending "wayside greens" to anyone unfamiliar with them. There are a number of extremely poisonous plants in the umbellifera family including the notorious Hemlock! If you want to try them out find an experienced guide. Most country people know what's what. Round here in Devon hedgerows, Hemlock and Water Dropwort (poisonous) can be found in close proximity to Alexanders (edible).
Enjoy the wild plants and fruits but be careful!
Blessings
Terry B
 

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