Wednesday, 15 September 2010


We went walking in the woods at the weekend. I was surprised to see how close we are to the autumn.

The woods are full of deep red berries and the leaves are beginning to turn brown.

Bending down to pick up a couple of conkers - I never can resist their hard brown richness - I noticed this fabulous fungi. I think it’s one of the Agarics although I’ve only ever seen red ones before.

There’s something about toadstools and mushrooms. When I find them I’m always temped to pick them and take them home to identify. I’ve done it a few times, even eaten some of them, and each time I do I worry that I’ve misidentified and begin to be sure that I can feel stomach cramps. I’ve never been really ill through eating them, but I have had a few headaches.

Not this one though. You can tell just by looking at it that it’s poisonous. I’ll leave this one to the woodland folk and wait for the mushrooms I’m growing in my shed to come through.

And I may go on a wild fungi hunt next weekend, see what I can find.


  1. I'd be up for some of that, I'm in Wales next weekend. Fancy meeting up fir some mushroom fun?

  2. I'll see what I can do Glynne.

  3. Lynda Pasquarello Henderson commented on Facebook:

    Yum, but watch out for the poison ones.

    me - I'll be careful and I'll let you know what I find.

  4. Ian Maclachlan commented on Facebook:.

    Ian wrote
    "Can't get the picture here on my phone but I bet it has something to to with gnomes."

    me - nope, not really. I didn't see any of the grey people this time.

  5. What do you call a mushroom that walks into a bar and buys everybody a drink?

  6. I don't know. What do you call a mushroom that walks into a bar and buys everybody a drink? Wait for it...

  7. Tricia Kitt commented on Facebook:

    too wet here - soggy fungi not fun...

  8. Philip Morgan commented on Facebook:

    Philip wrote
    "Lovely pic and nice bokeh Andy."

  9. A fun guy to be with.

    Hope the wait was worth it, but I somehow boubt it.