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November abundance

November 20, 2019

the trick to gathering mushrooms is to correctly identify them

of course this is critical if you plan to eat them – which I definitely do not!

I rely on “All That the Rain Promises, and More”  by David Arora

inside front cover – his method of identification is simple and direct

the rains have arrived so now is the time to go gathering

I am undecided on the identity of those on the left and bottom

top center are several bug eaten Bolete – no dye

top right are Turkey Tail (trametes versicolor)

they are leathery with interesting circular rings of colour – soaking in a dyepot

lower right, a single specimen  gives a beautiful brown spore print

may be Poison Pie (hebeloma crustuliniforme)

spore prints are beautiful works of art

all the other mushrooms had white spore prints

on my street the Amanita muscaria are splendid

they are larger than in past years

beautiful but definitely not eatable and no dye

after a few days rain, when the sun reappeared I returned to Ross Bay cemetery

a beautiful place to wander – and collect fallen lichen

a good assortment – to dye with later

I’ve never seen this small mushroom before

it doesn’t appear to be in any of my books and didn’t give a spore print

too small to try dyeing with

I wasn’t the only one enjoying the sun

at least 10 deer were browsing

they weren’t bothered with me but I stayed behind a tree or headstone while taking pictures

just in case

and those antlers look dangerous

I’m happy they are eating here and not in my garden

this large buck seems rather pleased with himself

and there has been some work done

November’s backstrap weaving is finished

stitched to the blanket  – there is only one more panel before the weaving is done

with plans to finish it with a crochet edging

as I haven’t crocheted in years I need some practice

now to warp that final piece

6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 21, 2019 5:35 pm

    Love lichens … did some dyeing with windfall just yesterday


    • November 21, 2019 6:01 pm

      Liz – I pick them up wherever I go, there are always crumbly bits of lichen in my pockets. some of them leave a woodsy scent on wool that lasts for years.


  2. November 21, 2019 8:04 am

    ooooh, those mushrooms!! how abundant and delightful. we have the same male deer all over the area. i’m sure they’re in my yard but also in everyone else’s. so impressed by how busy you keep yourself, makes me think i should get off the computer and go downstairs to work!


    • November 21, 2019 10:35 am

      Aimee – it is you who impresses me, with your teaching and the shows you participate in and all the work you accomplish. I know I’m slowing down, it is annoying but comes with the added years. We need to learn to pace ourselves in order to have the ideas, energy and enthusiasm to keep going over an extended period of time. Artists and crafts people in Japan and I assume Korea do amazing work on into advanced years, I think it is because they don’t consider it so much as work but life itself.


  3. November 20, 2019 3:15 pm

    That spore print took me back to childhood. We used to pick wild mushrooms to do that with, and occasionally to eat afterwards! Four I can clearly remember and identify: horse mushroom, shaggy ink cap, puffball and boletus.


    • November 20, 2019 3:47 pm

      Kate – I was brought up in the northern, first growth forest – taught 2 things, never eat a mushroom until it was checked by parents – and never run from a bear! Well anyway, I survived.

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