Leftovers

Leftovers

This is a nice reminder that we share our wild food resources with the other creatures who live in the countryside.

The remains of this Signal Crayfish are the leftovers from an Otters meal. I’m a little disappointed she wasted the claw meat, though, because that’s the best bit!

It’s great fun to learn about what’s happening in the countryside by finding the signs that tell a story.

Basking beauty

Basking beauty

Won’t be long before these beauties are back out basking again.

Adders are frequently seen in the places I roam, and completely harmless if treated with respect and left undisturbed. Absolutely stunning creatures.

I love finding a sign like this

I love finding a sign like this

I love finding sign like this.

It shows years worth of wear and tear. It’s where badgers have been travelling up a bank – the moss can’t grow there, the fissures in the bark have been smoothed out and there are numerous claw marks.

Be mindful when foraging

Be mindful when foraging

This is something to be mindful of if picking wild garlic (Allium ursinum) at the moment.

The first two pics look almost like the fresh leaves poking through, but if you stick these in yer gob, you’re going to experience a nasty burning sensation, stomach ache, swollen throat and breathing difficulty. It’s Arum maculatum (Lords n Ladies) and will grow to be that conical cluster of orange berries you commonly see. It grows amongst wild garlic, so be mindful of each leaf you pick. The third photo is wild garlic, growing in exactly the same area.

A lovely end to the day….

A lovely end to the day….

A nice end to a lovely day, following the morning walk around the woods.

We headed to the hills, then to the coast – unfortunately I was rather lax with taking pictures owing to having muddy hands! However, we found sea sale almost ready to start sprouting, sea spinach, wild horseradish, wild parsnips, and wild leeks (Also known as elephant garlic)

Now time to go and forage a fish chowder from the pub!

Frosty morning wander

Frosty morning wander

Frosty morning wander done!

Saw some deer, scared some ducks, got rather muddy. Back to the cabin for a cuppa, then off to Eggardon Hill, then the coast for some more exploring!