Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Autumn-ish






Sonata:


Autumn seems to be edging in ... it's difficult to tell through the gloom . The pre-schoolers are beginning to stagger in , enthusiastically clutching huge bags of chestnuts , acorns , cobnuts , wet leaves and woodlice for the Autumn table . Eric Carle's spider book is read to shreds and toadstool houses for gnomes are being made and sung about .






Next week it's half-term ( yes , I know , it does rather look as though I'm hardly ever at work ! ) and I'm going to England for the week . A full programme of great things to do has been organised, including a mushroom hunt in Pitchbury Wood ( near Colchester ) . Luckily my Festival-going stripey wellie boots are still in London , given the rooting about that will surely be involved . My Russian cookbook has loads of wild mushroom recipes , all of which sound deliciously fortifying so we'll have to hope that we find lots ! If I do see a red spotted toadstool with resident gnome , I'll make sure I take a photo for you , though actually I'm hoping more for a glimpse of Queen Boadicea's ghost ( she fought a battle nearby ) .


By Wednesday I'll turn myself into Granny Train and head north , ready to put my mini Lego building skills to the test and to hear all about the new delights of School Dinners . "I-take-a-purse-and-PAY-MYSELF-and-eat-sausages-and-mashed-potatoes-and-baked beans-and-chocolate-cake-for-pudding" . "Every day?" . "Yes " says Middle Daughter . He's growing exponentially .... upwards , luckily .

8 comments:

Rattling On said...

Lucky you, we have to wait a week longer for half term!
If you do see any 'real' toadstools (ie red...) I shall be very jealous.

lovethosecupcakes said...

It's feeling very autumnal here so I bought a huge pumpkin yesterday. Good luck with the toadstool and ghost hunting.

Tania said...

OOOOH! Is a ghostly Queen Boadicea likely to be photogenic, do we think?

Planet Penny said...

All sounds very exciting! I met a lady in the woods the other day clutching a carrier bag of exotic fungi. I kept looking afterwards and didn't see a single one. You obviously need to know where to look...(or she'd picked them all!)

Liz said...

Go Granny!

Will you have a guide for your mushroom hunt? I am always scared to pick any even those that look like boring field mushrooms.

Marcheline said...

Boadicea kicked ARSE!

Carolina said...

I'm sure you know what you're doing, but I'd be really scared to eat self-picked mushrooms and admire people who know about these things. I'd love to be able to tell the poisonous from the non-poisonous ones. Have fun this week. The weather is really Autumn-like too ;-)

Marcheline said...

KEEKS!