Tuesday, September 6, 2011

6th September - Blustery!!

Woke up this morning to find the wind really shaking the trees on the village green - and down in the wood the canopy is tossing like a ship under full sail.  The squirrels are hanging on for their lives, like sailors up the rigging!  There are a few toadstools beginning to come up now, and judging by the nibbles around their edges, the mice and other small creatures (insects, too, I suspect) are missing no opportunities to stock up on calories even this early in the season.  Does this mean there will be a hard winter in the offing?

Russula atropurpurea
The purple, dimpled toadstool above is really pretty (though NEVER eat anything you are not sure of!!) but the infamous fly agaric is really beautiful, though also highly poisonous ... it's amazing how nature knows what to avoid.  Little mousie here has found a late grain to nibble!

These spiders seem to be getting everywhere!!

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