Friday, 28 March 2014

mushrooming in the rain



We've had some fantastic rain this week. Rain has been scarce in the past few months and everything has been suffering. But this week, well you can almost hear the plants breathing a sigh of relief!

The garden seems to be growing overnight. And one of my favourite things about rain after a dry spell? Mushrooms. Real field mushrooms! It's like a fairyland out there with mushrooms and toadstools popping up all over the place. Some of them are the prettiest things you've ever seen.

Just to be clear these pictures are not all the same type of mushroom. We do not eat the mushrooms/toadstools in the above pictures or any fungi growing out of wood. The mushrooms pictured above are most likely poisonous. I just thought they were so pretty, that I couldn't resist snapping some pictures of them.

I don't advise anyone to go mushrooming unless you are 100% sure of what you are picking. Most mushrooms are not edible. Mushroom poisoning is extremely serious. If you get it wrong, it can prove fatal and the rule in mushrooming is, when in doubt don't touch it.

You don't need to eat mushrooms to enjoy their beauty though! It's amazing how they can magically transport you back to your childhood. When your nose was pressed to the pages of an Enid Blyton book, dreaming of enchanted forests filled with pixies, brownies and golden haired fairies.

It's not hard to imagine important gatherings happening among the fairy folk when you see massive clusters of them pop up overnight out of nowhere.

Oh Autumn, you are a wonderful time of the year!







9 comments:

  1. What a wonderful sight. Those mushrooms, and the beautiful plate that they adorn, look amazing:)

    I agree with what you say about Enid Blyton books too, magical reading times.

    What did you cook with your mushrooms?

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    1. We normally keep it pretty simple with these mushrooms. Cooked in some butter with a crack of black pepper, served up over some toasted bread :)

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  2. I am reading The Faraway Tree to the Little at the moment!
    (And The Midwich Cuckoo's to the Biggies)
    Beautiful photos.

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    1. It feels like we are reading something by EB constantly in this house! My eldest just loves them- I do too :)

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  3. I am so happy to hear that you got rain! I know what a relief that is when you finally get some much needed rainfall!!! And your mushroom shots are magical! I hope that you have a fantastic weekend! Nicole xoxo

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    1. Thanks Nicole! The rain has been so amazing. Everything is growing so well!

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  4. Lovely fresh mushrooms. We normally go mushrooming here too. I've made soup and frozen it when we've had lots. We also like them cooked gently in a garlic cream sauce on toast.

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    1. They're delicious aren't they! Like the sound of the garlic cream sauce :)

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