Toad Stool


Amphibian Seating in Strawberry Garden

I just got a wonderful looking book “The Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms” which has a neat classification system of numbers for the various species regarding how easily they can be confused with other edible or deadly mushrooms. Hope and I are going to use it for identifying shrooms as part of her homeschooling units. More details to follow when we’ve finished wending our way through.

Currently we are working through a field guild on edible plants.

Outdoors: 82°F/64°F Sunny, 1″ Rain
Tiny Cottage: 74°F/65°F

Daily Spark: You can’t always control who walks into your life, but you can control which window you throw them out of. -Jo Ann Smalley Herrman

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2 Responses to Toad Stool

  1. David Lloyd Sutton says:

    I very much like the low-risk families of the Agaricus and the Boletes. Hard to get into real trouble with either group. Came off a hike on the Rubicon trail, over toward Tahoe, in our Sierras, a couple of years ago with two King Boletes that weighed almost five pounds, together. When I was a kid outside Santa Barbara, the dairy associated with a local convent would put their bedding straw out on their pasture regularly, and three days after one of our rare Southern California rains, we would take the huge piles of bedding apart, harvesting bushels of button meadow mushrooms (Agaricus). Our Jersey-Guernsey cow, Cutie-Pie, gave very rich milk, so we had loads of butter. My mother would sautee’ many gallons of mushrooms, after we’d discarded the stems (even before the veil opens on button mushrooms the stem will be riddled with nematode holes) and sliced them. Frozen in half-gallon batches, they would enrich meals for months. We lived, literally, in a tent for eleven years while my father cast adobe blocks for an Hacienda, but we ate like kings.

    Last night I attended the book kickoff for Bloodhound in Blue, by my friend Adam Russ. It is a wonderful story of the first bloodhound in Salt Lake’s police force. Now, I got to proof that book, and am reviewing it for the Sacramento Book Review, so I’m prejudiced, but it would be a grand addition to your homeschooling library. With your living with LLGDs, the interactions of JJ the bloodhound and Serio and his wife should resonate with you and yours.

  2. Bill Nye hits all my “kids-should-see-this—now!” buttons today at http://www.wimp.com. Go to wimp or straight to http://asapscience.tumblr.com/post/56262005296/could-we-stop-an-asteroid-from-hitting-earth and see him make a hilareous Pwoooaaaggggawhhhh sound, than says but in space [silence]…And how asteroids can make your day go, like kids say, suck!

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