This is perhaps slightly off topic but this has been a really strange year down here in Sussex. We had no rain for nearly three months and it was noticeable that the behaviour of the wild life really was pushed to the edge of it’s envelope with squadrons of magpies and woodpeckers pecking nine bells out of the lawn.
Once it started raining of course, three to four weeks on the grass is as lush as ever while we’ve having bumper crops of plums and apples.
But the amazing think is how the drought plus rain formula has brought up the mushrooms. I’ve never seen so many different varieties all bursting out of the ground. Here’s a picture of some parasol mushrooms taken in the field next door. They’re quite big – a good 9 inches across and about the same in height These are supposed to be edible – I had some with bacon for breakfast this morning so I’ll let you know if I survive!
Beautiful aren’t they?