Uphilldowndale

Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Red for Danger

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Continuing with the fungi theme, I found this  fairy-tale  specimen in a forest in Wales.

We’ve been away for a weeks holiday and very nice it was too (that’s is the holiday was nice, the weather could have been kinder). I’d like to tell you I toiled for hours through the forest to find such a handsome specimen, but I’d be lying, I found it in the car-park whilst Joe and I were waiting,

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for Mr Uphilldowndale and Tom to return from a mountain bike excursion on the Marin Trail in the Gwydyr Forest.  It was growing from the trunk of a birch tree. I used to know someone who made birch sap wine, and  from what I can remember (the memory is a little hazy) the brew was as potent as I suspect this toadstool is (I’ll not try to name the species, I’ll hope a fungi expert passes by the blog with the appropriate knowledge.)

Would you like to see how muddy Tom was on his return?

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You can visualise the dirty washing that has returned home with us can’t you?

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Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

8 thoughts on “Red for Danger

  1. Your picture of Tom’s knees makes me more certain than ever that my decision never to go biking through puddles and down down bumpy tracks is a really good one.

  2. That toadstool should have a wee gnome sitting on it, fishing rod in hand.

  3. Sometimes the best motives are closest to you ;-) – and those legs seem to have had good experience!

  4. How come the bottom of his legs are so dirty but his knees are clean?

  5. Visualize the dirty washing? I can smell it! But isn’t it a wonderful thing to splash around in mud and bright red fungi in birch woods? It is.

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