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October :: In the woods














Rosy toadstools


Toadstool group




Small blue


Blue toadstools2








Tree stump


Crab apple












Soggy squirrel


It was my intention to pop this post on the blog in the last week of October but unfortunately my blog provider Typepad had some major problems that week and this blog was down for much of that time. It was a bit nerve-wracking, as the thought of losing 16 years worth blogging was not a happy one. Apologies if you were trying to view anything during that week, especially if you were trying to follow one of my tutorials without any of the pictures showing up. Fingers crossed they now have everything permanently fixed, it certainly all seems to be working properly again, so all is calm and well again here.

Above are some of my pictures of the huge variety of fungi I've found out in the woods this year. I've been four times since the beginning of October and every time have found something new and rather marvellous. Autumn is such a wonderful time to be out in the woods and I'm deeply grateful that we have such rich and varied woodlands around us which are full of so many different types of wildlife at all times of the year. I even encountered a small herd of lovely, gentle Red Poll cattle, who are there as part of a conservation grazing project. They were lovely company and seemed quite interested in watching me take photos, gradually grazing their way over to me to give me a sniff.

Out in the woods many of the trees are still in green leaf but then the autumn so far has been mild and rather wet. Not happy nut hunting weather for squirrels and back at home our resident friendly squirrel has been quite soggy looking.

Inside at home there is knitting and pattern writing going on, though at a slower pace than I'd hoped for. The other day I worked out that I only get 22 hours of Toby-free time a week in which to be able to fully concentrate on anything, the rest of the time my brain is mostly mush as it tries to juggle between family and work life – which is probably why I keep knitting samples only to find that I've already knitted that piece. I am holding on to the thought that moving at a snail's pace is still actually moving, and that progress, however small it may seem, is being made.

Well, the weekend is beckoning, with lots of wood walks with Toby and hopefully some early morning tea, toast and knitting in bed for me whilst he sleeps in. I'll be back soon with some more amazing fungi finds and hopefully a little knitting news, 'til then keep well and happy x


20 thoughts on “October :: In the woods

  1. I absolutely love seeing your wood walk photos. Those are amazing fungi. I wish you a lovely weekend of “me” time and some lovely recreational knitting.

  2. Thank you so much Julie for sending your beautiful photos from your walk. I now live in the USA but miss England so much. Your photos are like a little trip home.

  3. Always such beautiful photos! I love to follow you and see and read. Always expecting a new post in my mail.
    And as I live in a city, Lisbon, I have a special pleasure looking at the Beauty of Nature 🐿🍂🍁

  4. Beautiful photos, Julie. Nature is a tonic – you can breathe freely in the countryside.
    Hope you get in some good knitting time this weekend. I know what you mean by your brain being mush… happens to me all the time. I find it almost impossible to multi-task these days. Just can’t do it!!
    Thanks again for the post!

  5. Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures. We’ve had snow – shovelable amounts; western Canada – since 1 Nov, so it is nice to see how green and lush your corner of the world still is. Your posts are always a pleasure.

  6. Your photos are beautiful, as always! They make me appreciate fungi in a new way. When I’m not being particularly productive with my knitting, I try to take a deep breath and just enjoy the process. The process of knitting is magical when you think about it – nice yarn and some sticks! May you find peace in your limited knitting time as you dedicate yourself to being a mother.

  7. Isn’t the variety of color and texture simply brilliant in God’s creation!
    Thank you for sharing these inspiring photos.

  8. Stunning photography Julie. I’d have run a mile had the herd come anywhere near me whilst taking pictures! Looking forward to your next collection of photographs.

  9. Your autumn photos are absolutely stunning every year, and these really are in a league of their own. Fabulous. Twenty-two hours is not a huge amount of time for concentrating and working so you do very well to get so much done. CJ xx

  10. Your photos are beautiful! Made me feel like I was there. 22 hours a week is not much at all, I can empathise with how much of your brain is taken up with family life. Here’s to a bit more quiet time. Sending warm wishes, Lauren

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