Thursday, October 21, 2010


Well, autumn started off great with a computer crash and my potatoes getting eaten by boars and bucks. 100 plants were down to 20 or so. They left the plants and roots uneaten but got the little tubers. I managed to salvage a row of spudless roots.

Then things got better and we had to have the entire bath replaced due to the inept construction of the original contractor. Rigged a solar shower on the roof next to the deck. It worked for a week, then it got colder.

Into the second week of remodeling had to use buckets of hot tap water to fill containers, the kids, wife and I enjoyed bathing al fresco in the evenings.

All the amenities of home

Trying a system to force dry wood by February. That is when I figure I'll just about run out of dry wood on hand. Green logs are split in half and stacked with large air spaces.

Covered on ominous looking days but opened and free to breathe and dry when nice.

The rape seed- green manure is really taking off. It's about knee high and looks like broccoli. The ducks get a good bucketful per day, well chopped.
And the row of salvaged potatoes is hanging on and some are actually flowering. What is going on underground is anybody's guess though.
Things were looking up and had some good luck in the yard with parasol mushrooms.

Most years I'd get one or two total, but this year they're coming in groups of 3. I'll harvest 2 and break up 1 and throw it around the yard for next year's crop.

Tried my hand at Matsutake hunting way up on the mountain but found nothing but poisonous Death Caps.
After taking this picture, I read " do not handle these mushrooms, if you do wash hands thoroughly". Well I'm 3 km. in and up the mountain, have 200cc of water and a 500 meter descent ahead, what would you do?

Couldn't positive ID these as Oyster mushrooms , tempting they were, darn.

Earthballs, poisonous of course. If I start a band it's going to be called Earthballs.
Looks like Matsutake

Wait it's an egg..

Death caps

After that things got better round the house with even more monstrous parasol mushrooms.

Makes about a dozen for the year so far