harvest l'escargots. But, alas it hasn't happened yet. Aside from slugs which abound, my garden appears to be a near mollusc free zone. Perhaps the hedgehog that I sometimes spot snuffling around at dusk has the monopoly on these beasties. Or could it be that the snails have got wind of my intentions, disguise themselves as their shell-less cousins and wisely leave their homes outside when entering my patch?
I don't want to admit defeat yet and resort to the freezer section in the supermarket when I next visit France. There, these delectable morsels come pre-prepared complete with a knob of herby butter each. No, I want to experience the satisfaction of gathering, purgining and cooking my own hand gathered harvest. So, if anyone has got any good ideas about how to attract snails into my garden, please let me know!