Jon Crispin's Notebook

Warmth

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The past few days have provided what might be the last warmth before the autumn ends.  Olive and I had a nice walk in the woods yesterday.

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There wasn’t any water for her to mess about in, but she seems to enjoy rooting around in the leaves looking for mushrooms.

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I never remember what this plant is called, but there are tons of them livening up the forrest floor.

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The Amherst Farmer’s Market was quite busy today.  This is turmeric, and I don’t ever recall seeing it fresh like this.  I didn’t buy any, but did get some amazing fresh ginger that will go in the freezer.

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Olive loves to go shopping with us and is so well behaved in town.  She has been a great comfort to us in the past couple of weeks.  The world has felt a bit topsy-turvy of late.

Green / Big Stick

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Now that the snow is all gone Olive and I have started spending more time in the woods.  It rained most of the day yesterday, so it was pretty wet.  Nice.

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She is a total stick (or should I say log) girl.  This could have been record size for her.  She carried it for about half a mile.

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I have been seeing a lot of green lately, and these fungi are just beautiful.  Can anyone out there tell me what they are?

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Mushrooms

Posted in Food, Jon Crispin, mushrooms by joncrispin on 06/05/2015

Cristine has some fantastic former students.  One of them is Sarah Berquist who is now a lecturer at UMASS.  Along with her partner, she also has a  mushroom business.  So we occasionally get fresh, interesting mushrooms for dinner.  These guys showed up last night in a brown paper bag.  Like most other photos to do with the natural world that I post here, I have no idea what these are called.  But fried up in butter, they tasted great.

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