I am very much enjoying having the use of my friend's van, and definitely looking forward to when I can afford to buy a car of my own. It isn't terribly green minded, but I can't deny that living where I do, a car makes life a lot easier, and it makes popping out so much easier; be it going down to the fountain in the evening, before bed, or like today, going over to the Forest.
I was quite miffed yesterday that the autumnal wind, rain and cold precluded a trip out, naturally my boy didn't really care, he was very up for going back to the fountain; however wet suit or not, I made the decision it really wasn't suitable weather and asked him what he'd like to do indoors... he choose painting.
Today the weather was playing ball, a lovely crisp autumn day. So bag packed, we bundled into the van and I drove over to my "local" forest - Lyminge Forest (often called Wildwood) It's a managed forest, so the trees run in long straight lines; perhaps elsewhere in the forest it is more "natural", I believe there's over 400 acres (sorry said miles on FB, meant acres). Today I decided to take Rye mushroom and fungi hunting. Not foraging, I use to know my fungi well enough to pick to eat; but its been too long, far too long since I did that (well over a decade) and I learned about fungi in my neck of the woods (so to speak, as I lived on the moors in Yorkshire), I wouldn't dream of attempting to pick fungi/mushrooms to eat from around these parts.
I think it's a dor beetle, we saw several of these in the woods.
The "Scary Dark Woods" as Rye named parts of the forest that were so dense it looked dark. He said there was a beast in there, with big eyes, nose, ears and teeth, but it was friendly and ate buscuits. Apparently, we have to take some for it next time we visit.