So yesterday Cransky and I went tromping through the woods with baskets and knives (along with the Crocodile Dundee of mushroom hunters. We'll call him Mark.) Markodile Dundee made sure we didn't eat anything that would make us barf. Very kind of him. Also, I saw a chipmunk. We emerged with more chanterelles and hedgehogs than I could have hoped for: ...more
Last week I went on a guided mushroom hunt with my nearest and dearest. Three hours of wandering the woods, peering at the leafy floor, in search of an edible bounty. I think this may be the most fun you can have with your clothes on. And what a bounty we found! A stunning array of colours, textures and species. I found, for the first time, amethyst deceivers (laccaria amethystina), winter chanterelles (craterellus tubaeformis), bay boletes (boletus badius), charcoal burners (russula cyanoxantha) and orange peel fungus (aleuria aurantia).
Nancy Anne HarbordToday was my most successful ever mushroom hunt! These mushrooms really are all over the place on the grass verges around our flat, but today I found what can only be described as a rich seam of creamy, fresh, unsullied calocybe gambosa....more
Happy New Year, friends. I'm sorry to be a few days late wishing you happiness and health for 2012. As with all good intentions, sometimes they take a little while to come to fruition—especially with the kids home from school. A three hour Horse-O-Poly marathon takes precedence over planned writing time, especially when you're quite certain that in a few, quick years—the horse lover will balk at spending New Year's Day in PJs with her parents and little brother....more
When my husband said he wanted to take the kids on a neighborhood walk to hunt for mushrooms, I was thrilled. We are friendly, social people, but it hasn't always been easy to make connections on our hillside of eccentrics and Hobbit homes -- I figured visibility could lead to opportunity. Then our twelve-year-old Iz returned from the outing, gleefully brandishing a death cap -- a reportedly delicious mushroom that, if ingested, will liquefy one's liver....more
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