I'm not the only one thinking that! The squirrels have been picking mushrooms and putting them in trees to dry, to save for winter eating.
Monday, October 3, 2016
Sunday, September 25, 2016
I may have mentioned on this blog a few times that I have been organizing a mushroom dyeing workshop for our small town of Fort St. James. Well, it actually happened! Alissa Allen, from Mycopigments, flew up here and taught us all about mushroom dyeing for a whole weekend. And not only that, but I got to spend time with her foraging during her week-long visit. It was so much fun and I learned so much!On some of our forage walks, we were lucky enough to spot Hapalopilus nidulans, the most exciting and sought after dye mushroom in the world! I have since found a few more specimens for my collection. It dyes a gorgeous purple. It grows on decomposing birch logs (but not too decomposed!).
After Alissa went home, we have been going out mushroom foraging and having some great success! I have two very eager helpers! Rain doesn't stop them in their "banana suits!"
We have found quite a few Cortinarius semisanguineus or smithii, used for making red dyes. It is always such a thrill to turn over a dull brown cap to find brilliant red gills underneath.
And we lucked out and found another little log covered in Hapalopilus! It feels like such a treasure hunt whenever we go out!
Have you ever tried dyeing with mushrooms? Did you even know that it was possible? You will find that after you discover mushroom dyes, you will start looking at the forest in a different way. You'll be noticing all sorts of fungi everywhere!
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Well, once again summer has gotten away from me and I haven't posted since early July. Oh well. Here goes:
We enjoyed a ghost walk through our community, highlighting some historic sites and events. It started in the old Catholic church by the lake. An interesting fact I learned: see that window above the alter? It was originally clear, but it has magnesium in it and over time, the sun has changed it to be purple and orange!
We did, however, manage to eat from our garden nearly every meal, including the day we ate rainbows for lunch.If the conditions were not good for the rest of the garden, the sour cherries thrived for the first time!
We ended the summer with a family visit down in Kelowna and I had such a nice time with my sisters, parents, and old friends. I got to see a movie in the theatres for the first time in 4 years (Ghostbusters- it was hilarious!). I had so much fun, I didn't remember to take many pictures, and when I got home, the only photos on my camera were of bugs, like this beauty black widow spider!When we got home on Sunday night we had to turn on the heat! Summer disappeared in a hurry and we have had nothing but rain and chilly temperatures since! I was not ready for it to be done yet!