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cornfields and mushrooms 5-5

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field near Fontpatour (image from Street View)


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Day 5-5 1 map

map showing distance travelled (map from Google maps)


On April 23rd, my virtual bike trip took me along huge cornfields, reminding me of the big cornfields in southern Ontario …


huge cornfield

huge cornfield west of Les Grandes Rivieres (image from Street View)


I was also excited to see small round white shapes in the plowed fields.  I thought they must be mushrooms …


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what are those small white things in the fields? (image from Street View)


I even convinced myself I saw a Chanterelle in one field, even though I know these are usually found in rich woodlands …


Jane's Chanterelle

it looks a little like a Chanterelle … (image from Street View)


The joke is on me!!!  I knew what I was really seeing when I biked past a pile of small white stones at the edge of one field …


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a pile of white stones (image from Street View)


Best View: memories of cornfields in southern Ontario …


'ears and teeth'


Copyright  Jane Tims  2013

Written by jane tims

May 20, 2013 at 7:00 am

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  1. Well, I had to look up chanterelle, incredibly I had never heard of this kind of mushroom before. Or perhaps we call it by a different name in these parts? I will have to study the mushroom offerings in the produce department the next time I go food shopping. Love your drawing of the corn ears and teeth!


    Barbara Rodgers

    May 21, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    • Hi Barbara. I know Chanterelles because they are edible. Years ago, when I went to my first Naturalists meeting ever, I didn’t know the Chanterelle either, and they gave me the job of preparing and frying a feed of Chanterelles for the people at the meeting. I cheerfuly prepared them and, expert that I was 😦 , told everyone all about the Chanterelle, how to recognise it, etc. I don’t know if they are sold locally – probably depends on the locale. Jane


      jane tims

      May 22, 2013 at 7:17 pm

  2. Don’t you wish you could actually go there some day? I sure do…and that’s because of your posts!



    May 20, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    • Hi. I was just saying today, perhaps one day, I’ll just book a flight to Niort (the nearest airport), rent a car and drive these roads!! Thanks! Jane


      jane tims

      May 20, 2013 at 9:06 pm

  3. It’s funny how eyes play tricks on us, isn’t it? I’ve often had this happen to me as I’m travelling through strange countryside. Because I’m not familiar with what is there, I imagine it to be what I know until I learn the difference. Your drawing of ears and teeth is amazing. It makes the corn seem a bit spooky.


    Carol Steel

    May 20, 2013 at 8:10 am

    • Hi Carol. Yes, I think it’s spooky too. As I ‘bike’ through France, I often do a double-take on things I am not used to seeing! Jane


      jane tims

      May 20, 2013 at 9:02 pm

  4. You never know – they could be magic mushrooms 😉


    Gemma Hawdon

    May 20, 2013 at 7:13 am

    • Hi Gemma. Yes, those mushrooms that turn into stones whenever you go near! Jane


      jane tims

      May 20, 2013 at 9:01 pm

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