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Forest floor autumn magic

Almost hidden from view buried deep beneath the undergrowth and ferns, a patch of chanterelles catches the eye to the forager’s delight. Amidst the freshly falling autumn rain, what a welcome gift from the magical depths of the forest floor.


Foraging for food in spring

As spring approaches, all manner of free food becomes available. I took my son along to Stoke Park Estate in Bristol where local guide, Steve England, was running a morning foraging course to show what was on offer! 510 more words


Honey mushroom (Armillaria mellea complex)

Ah yes, I’m glad these woods carry honey mushrooms. And look, freshly stocked … no line either!

Well, maybe I shouldn’t consider it a “good” thing, as honey mushrooms are known to be some of the most aggressive mushrooms in nature, parasitizing trees and eventually causing their destruction. 250 more words


Common Mallow

Here’s a fine close-up of the flower of Common Mallow (Malva sylvestris) :

It was taken by regular contributor Nic Cairns on St.Ann’s Community Orchard, where it has grown on part of the site which was cleared in July for… 64 more words


Time-saving tools: my "kerchunk"

Sometime in the dark, early days of motherhood, I had a visit from my Mum and her lovely friend, Jane. I asked my Mum whether she had a spare apple corer – it’s the kind of thing I thought she might have two of lying around, and with the hours I was spending prepping fruit and veg for the boys, a time-saver I thought might help out a little. 141 more words

Wild Food Foraging

A chanterelle kind of morning

Fall is here, the air is crisp and chanterelles are dotting the forest floor with yellow. Although many wildflowers are no longer in bloom, mushrooms are just beginning to flourish amidst the deep soaking rains. 55 more words


Devon Delights

Bonjour à tous et à toutes!

Ce weekend I had the plaisir of returning to my lovely home county, Devon. Après managing to surprise my dear mother who had no idea I was coming home, I spent the next couple of days doing very English things indeed. 151 more words