Friday, December 11, 2015

Mystery Mushrooms

1.  Anyone know what these mushrooms are?  They're pretty.  Mushrooms never fail to fascinate me.  I stumbled across them recently when trying to track down some poachers on our property.  Next time I need to take a machete along for the hike, as I got detoured by some razor briars and turned back to the house.
2.  I finally pulled all the plants from the garden and have been adding things like rabbit manure and compost.  Hoping Paul will till some additional garden areas for me to use this spring. 

3.  We're continuing our four gifts theme this year:  something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read.  This is our third or fourth year we've done this, and it works out very well. 

4.  Do you like eerie gothic mysteries?  Check out The Child Garden.  It's marvelous.

5.  Driving home the other day Paul mentioned that he wondered what kind of sports car we were passing.  It was dark, so I couldn't see.  Cort said, "Probably basketball".  So then I had to explain what a sports car was. 

What are you reading lately, readers?  Besides blogs, I mean!

Linked today with Willy Nilly Friday.

28 comments:

Out on the prairie said...

I am reading a new to me author Christopher Moore, that my librarian picked out for me.i said I wanted to read something light and funny.I had read a Jimmy Buffet book and wanted something similar I told her while I am on the road traveling. I call those an Oyster mushroom.

Tom said...

#1 I'm not much help on thus one.
#2 Rabbit manure? Must have a bunch of rabbits.
#3 Good idea.
#4 No.
#5 Cute!
I'm not much of a reader.

Mary said...

Hi Lisa, sounds like you are keeping busy in the garden!
I believe these are Hen-of-the-Woods mushrooms - quite prevalent in NC and we get them here in our garden quite often. NC actually has the greatest variety of fungi in the nation! They are edible although I've never picked my own - just in case!!

Loved the pic of the boys at Bingo!
I'm currently reading Susan Kennaway's 'The Yellow Duster Sisters' - true story of two young English sisters evacuated from London to live with family in Africa at the start of World War II. I found it accidentally, on sale, in Wilmington recently - I enjoy WWII stories and African adventures so of course decided it was for me!

Hugs - Mary

Mildred said...

I hate to hear that you have poachers on your property; you be careful. I like your 4 gift idea. Are you finished with your Christmas shopping?
I am currently reading a book about peace by Charles Stanley. A book from 2001 but perfect for today's troubled times.
I hope you guys enjoy the weekend.

Tanya Breese said...

i love the 4 gift idea! i'm sorry about the poachers, what's wrong with people? i'll have to check out that book...right now i'm reading a series from karen white "the house on tradd street" ...i love her writing, they are always set in the south, with a bit of history and a ghost story! i love that you had to explain what a sports car is, that's funny! thanks for linking lisa and have a great weekend!

Karen S. said...

I hope someone knows, I'm not good at names for these things, but I do think it's a lovely capture!

Vicki said...

I like your method of choosing Christmas gifts for your boys. When I thought back, I realized that I had used pretty much the same method for mine when they were young!

My Kindle is full of free books, downloaded mainly from "Project Gutenberg." They are mostly books that the copyrights have run out on, so they date from the mid-1800's to the early 1900's. Right now I am in the middle of a mystery by Anna Katharine Green. I love me a good mystery.

Charade said...

In our part of the country, we call those mushrooms Turkey Tail. They dry really hard when removed from the tree. My friend and I lay them out to dry, and once hardened, we apply clear polyurethane with a sponge brush, then store them for craft projects and wreaths.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Your find the most interesting mushrooms.

PioneerPreppy said...

Looks like Turkey tail to me which is a variety if the polypore fungus that grows in shelf-like rows on hardwood trees, mostly dead ones but occasionally on live ones as well. Not edible and it can come in various shades depending on what type of algae spores that grow on the shelves of the fungus itself.

Lilly's Mom said...

I too like your idea of the four gifts. It brought a smile to my face when I read about the sports car :) I do hope you have a fun and creative weekend, Pat

Harry Flashman said...

Lisa, poachers are really dangerous people. If they get caught, they can get 10 - 20 years down here, plus confiscation of their vehicle and arms. The one's that hunt bears here for the illegal trade in animal body parts have killed people who got in their way.

I have to watch out for people stealing my hardwoods, and when I am out checking I carry an AK-47.

Your family can't spare you!

Sally said...

That little Cort is something else! So cute as they all three are.

I've seen those mushrooms, but have not idea what they are.

Currently reading James Patterson "Murder House". I should know better than to start one of his books as I stayed up until one a.m. :)

xoxo

Michelle said...

I really enjoyed The Wolfpen Notebooks and have recently read some Deanna Raybourn that I found on Goodreads.

Latane Barton said...

I have no idea what those mushrooms are or if they are edible. I'm just not much into mushrooms. I do like your four gift idea. I may have to try that myself. I have just finished reading 'The Good Neighbor' a mystery that was pretty good. I just started 'Christmas In Good Hope'. Thought I'd read something Christmasy.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Re the mushrooms, I've heard them called oyster and hen in the wood but have never eaten them. Re the poachers...talk to the sheriff's department. Don't know what they're after, especially this time of year...perhaps 'sang but they could be very dangerous. You're too valuable to a lot of people to take dangerous chances.
I add horse manure to my garden and the dirt is loamy black.
Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Marie C said...

Love your number 3!!! Perfect! The mushrooms are beautiful! Tracking down poachers...Goodness!!! Not something I would do alone!

Linda said...

Wonderful image!
I'm reading a book about the team who first treated "blue babies" successfully.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

They are very pretty,,,, we have some interesting ones,, sort of like that..
I like your idea of 4 things!
love
tweedles

TexWisGirl said...

laughed at the 'basketball' car. :)

yup, i've seen those referred to as turkey tail, too.

good luck w/ poachers! ugh!

Vision By Mila said...

Nr. 3 is something I'd want to implement as well. I have a suspicion it won't work though. There will always be more than 4 things, I'm sure!

Sharon Wagner said...

Turkey tails?

DMS said...

Looks like you have gotten some answers to your mushroom picture. My fiance knows a lot about them and I am learning all the time, but am by no means an expert yet. It is interesting how many different kinds of mushrooms there are!
~Jess

LaPré DelaForge said...

Your 'shrooms aren't "Hen of the Woods"... or here in European English...
"Chicken of the Woods"...
that is much larger and fleshier...
Charade and P Preppy have it nailed....
"Turkey-tail" to you...
to us...
"Artist's Pallet"
I've never heard of varnishing them, but I can see why...
they are extremely variable in colour...
yours are some of the brightest I've seen!!
Even the picture wou;ld look good on a wall!!

alissa apel said...

The sports car comment gave me a chuckle! I love the photo of the mushrooms.

Annette said...

We spotted some interesting looking mushrooms on a hike this weekend too; they are pretty. I don't have a chance to do much reading these days, but I tend to like self-help and how-to books. I've never been big on fiction (just me though). Your posts always make me chuckle and feel good. Cort, and all of your boys, says the cutest things.

Becca said...

Those mushrooms are gorgeous! I am reading People Magazine lately because I finally got my subscription transferred to my new address :)

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

Those mushrooms look like polyspores of some sort.