My garden on October 17.
Yes, they are strawberries, because the weather has been so good.
The top picture might interest some people, if they know what it is…
This week’s mushrooms: the top two are giant clitocybes - apparently edible, but when one of your family is as toxic as ebola then you avoid.
pic 3: A common bracket
pic 4: Glistening Ink Caps - probably hallucinogenic if consumed with alcohol, but not a good trip by reports.
pic 5: a birch bolete - edible but turns a bit like snot when it’s cooked - eat very young specimens.
pic 6: probably a wood mushroom, might be a horse mushroom, could be a field mushroom - all three grow in the vicinity of where I found this and I ate it.
This is a picture of a shoulder.
In 2010, I had an operation to remove a spur of bone from my scapula - it was removed from just about where the open bracket in shoulder blade begins (but a little to the left).
In July, I thought I had dislocated the same shoulder, while lifting one of the dogs onto a vet’s table. It seems that what I have probably done is detached the tendon - short head - from the shoulder blade, meaning that there is little or nothing to stop my shoulder from actually dislocating.
I have to have an MRI scan, which could take several hundreds of years with the current waiting lists, and then they’re probably going to have to operate on it again, to attached and repair the damage.
Autumn 2014 mushrooms
including Dryad’s Saddle, Brown Roll Rim, Bay Bolete, Charcoal Burner, death cap and Glistening ink cap
Mushroom of the day: cortinarius purpurascens (not to be confused with your common or garden wood/field blewit). One example of a mushroom that you don’t see every year; common, yes, but even common mushrooms are affected by the weather.
You can eat these, but on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being pointless and horrible and 10 being Michelin star quality, this scores about 5.