Thursday 4th September 2014
It was a nice warm morning, this morning: not too hot; not too cold. Jez decided to stay on the bed in the sun, so Max and I went back to Canford Heath. We did a slightly different walk today as we didn’t have Jez with us: it tends to be a little bit far for her nowadays. Here’s Max on the hill that runs alongside the old coach road.
This was taken further down the hill, looking towards the old tip.
I had gone out this way hoping to find fungi (I know where they’ve been growing the past few years) but there are none around yet this year. I think the heath is just too dry for them at the moment. That said, Max did find a little drop of water.
Notice that it doesn’t matter that it’s only a tiny puddle under a bank. He still expects me to throw something into it for him.
I also did eventually find some fungi – a bracket fungus. This is called Coriolus versicolor, and I always think they look like flowers growing on old stumps.
I also spotted that the strawberry tree is finally bearing fruit, although they are not really turning red yet.
And before you ask: the ‘tree’ is actually a shrub and although the fruits are apparently edible they are supposed to be fairly tasteless. They do have one saving grace though – they are used to make a type of Portuguese brandy.
In the afternoon I started to decorate my bedroom. I can’t recall whether I have mentioned that I have ordered new, fitted wardrobes & cabinets, but as the room hasn’t been decorated for years I thought it was about time it was done. I do all of the filling, rubbing down and painting the woodwork, whilst Chris does the walls. I’m picking the woodwork off in sections though: a wall at a time, so that I can go on sleeping in the room while I decorate.
A year ago today
Max and I were on Canford Heath where he got a little bit muddy.