Hello from Editor Des,
Well my guardian Pauline Conolly wrote a story about fungi the other day called Fungi: Flowers of the Fall . So I thought I would do a better one. Mine is about very special, magic mushrooms. I think you will love it (and them…and me!) quite a lot. She also stole my best photo…..just saying.
On second thought I think they might be toadstools. That means you shouldn’t really eat them, but I think I might try some. I wouldn’t eat this dear little one though, because my girlfriend Milly really likes it.
This is my friend Gnomey. He is enjoying a long stay with me in the Blue Mountains from Putney….that’s in England (by the river Thames) . Gnomes are related to elves and that’s why they like mushrooms and stuff.
Other mushrooms are nearly as big as dinner plates.
We walked up the lane near my house in Blackheath and found a proper fairyland.
I wanted to sit on this, but my bottom was a bit big. Gnomey climbed up instead.
Here are more tiny little mushrooms. There are growing on the trunk of a big gum tree.
Doesn’t my friend gnomey look perfect beside this bright toadstool? He says he might make it his home. This the pic Pauline stole from me; completely unethical.
I gathered a nice selection of mushrooms for my dinner. Pauline told me not to, but I hardly ever take any notice of her. Some people cook theirs, but I decided I would try mine au natural (that’s French) like people do with oysters.
They tasted a bit funny to tell you the truth…….I might finish this story later if that’s OK.
Do you know what? I hate mushrooms, toadstools are terrible and fungi is foul! Only buy them from the shop is my advice. Can you see that the paw I picked the wretched things with is still very swollen?
IT TOOK ME THREE DAYS TO RECOVER. DO YOU LIKE MY STORY? IF YOU DO IT WOULD MAKE THIS GHASTLY EXPERIENCE WORTHWHILE…WELL NEARLY.