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a gift and a warning

December 1, 2020

it is difficult to believe that it’s December 1st

I’ve never experienced a year that has gone by so slowly and so quickly

daughter-in-law came with the most amazing, thoughtful and fun gift

an advent calendar like no othershe claimed they had fun putting it together

25 packages – all numbered

 I have to act like a grownup and only unwrap one for each day

each wrapping paper beautifully decorated

(I’m already thinking about how to make a collage to save the patterns)

day one was shortbread

so I had an early breakfast!

Sunday I went for a stroll through Ross Bay Cemetery

and found this beautiful patch of mushrooms

beautiful but possibly deadly?

I brought one home to do a spore print

on the right – it’s white

it doesn’t have all the identifying markers but it could be a Amanita phalloides – Death Cap

it is the most deadly mushroom on the planet

a single mushroom can be fatal – symptoms don’t appear for 2 or 3 days

there is no antidote – and they are becoming common on the West coast of North America

if not that then Amanita ocreata – Destroying Angel – also deadly

their common names are warning enough!

leave them alone or you could end up here – Ross Bay Cemetery


18 Comments leave one →
  1. lagriccia permalink
    December 3, 2020 1:46 am

    Wow, I hope one day one of my two DYL will be so thoughtful! It shows love and respect for you. But it is also beautiful to look at and I am sure that the content of each package will keep you in good spirit.


    • December 3, 2020 10:44 am

      Hi Blandina – although this was mainly DIL’s work granddaughter and son also had some input – as I open each day I like to imagine them together discussing their ideas. It is the making of this strange Christmas. I hope you and the family are all safe and well.


  2. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    December 2, 2020 5:36 am

    That Advent calendar is magical! And the designs on the wrapping certainly deserve to be saved. I have absolutely no doubt you will come up with an equally stunning use for them.


    • December 2, 2020 10:31 am

      Sue – yes, despite these trying times there is magic in the air. Day 2 was a pkg. of my favorite green tea – I’m drinking a cup now.

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      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        December 4, 2020 2:45 am

        My daughter is sending me a photo each morning of Gandelf’s latest mischief and that is making me smile. Magic is definitely needed at the moment.


      • December 4, 2020 11:03 am

        Sue – a little gift of love each morning, the true spirit of Christmas.

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  3. December 1, 2020 9:38 pm

    If those wrappers were mine, I’d mount the motifs on card, punch a hole and use them as (pre-)Christmas decorations. So pretty, so clever, and so thoughtful, and so much nicer than something bought in a shop.


    • December 1, 2020 10:20 pm

      Kate – each one is different, they are lovely. I’m really touched by the time and work that has gone into this, so very thoughtful.

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  4. December 1, 2020 12:18 pm

    Wow, what a thoughtful daughter and family! You’re going to have a great December!


  5. December 1, 2020 12:13 pm

    What a gorgeous Advent Calendar!! Lucky you to eat a breakfast of love and shortbread!


    • December 1, 2020 1:08 pm

      Kjerstin – what with the “calendar” and the decorations on the tree they have been wonderfully thoughtful. Little surprises on a daily basis more than makes up for what might be Christmas on my own.

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  6. December 1, 2020 11:55 am

    Wowza … love your Advent Calendar 📆
    And how apt to find two deadly mushrooms at a cemetery… as you said .. best leave them there !!!


    • December 1, 2020 1:12 pm

      Vera – I will enjoy the calendar throughout the month. The cemetery is beautifully, professionally maintained with huge old trees which have a symbiotic relationship with mushrooms, there are lots of them and handfuls of lichen to use for dyeing.

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      • December 1, 2020 2:42 pm

        Our cemeteries are also beautiful in Melbourne… the gardens are absolutely gorgeous


      • December 1, 2020 10:24 pm

        Vera – this is a pioneer cemetery, Emily Carr, the artist, along with her sisters are there. People still take flowers to their marker. No gardens, just great trees. There are a couple dozen resident deer. They even eat the flowers left on remembrance day!

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      • December 1, 2020 10:41 pm

        That’s so beautiful… history is just wonderful and it’s what grounds us doesn’t it?!?!
        And it’s God’s own earth with the deer coming through and eating the flowers 🌸


      • December 2, 2020 10:37 am

        Vera – I’m a great fan of history, there are many of the areas earliest pioneers, a small cenotaph and veteran’s areas and even a couple notorious bandits.

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