Friday, 27 October 2017

Photo Scavenger Hunt: October.

I live, I love, I craft, I am me. hosting another  scavenger hunt . 

The scavenger hunt is hosted by Hawthorn at with the description

A photograph inspired by a word,
words inspired by the photograph.
Remember to think laterally and interpret as you fancy,
be it a current photo or one from your archives - Enjoy!

 Some photos you might have seen before, hopefully you like the photos and they inspire you to have a go.

1. Making ...

... have been baking these past few weeks, had a go at Blueberry and white chocolate muffins as well as Strawberry and custard flan. Will not be going on bake off but did taste OK.

2. Empty

... this old mill is now empty, we are hoping they keep some of the building when they turn it into houses.

3. Starts with a .....F

... has to be Fungi, there are so many about at the moment.

4.Paper junk journals.


... collection of seeds and leaves from my trip to Fountains Abby... neatly arranged.


... old street in Hull , rained most of the week but we had the best of times.


.... had this kettle for year, lost the whistle somewhere.


... it was very Unexpected to find this Frog in my mop bucket.


... my favourite vase dad bought me last Christmas.

10. My own choice

...Manchurian Sika deer I saw at Fountains Abby Studley Royal.

Hope you like my photos and if you have time pop over and have a look at what the rest have photographed.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Fungi walk


On Saturday I went on a organised FUNGI walk in the woods at Horsforth, 

Cragg Hill & Woodside Residents Group organised this free walk through Leeds Parks and Countryside Service. The guide Jonathan  worked for the Countryside Service.

He did a talk about about fungi before we started and brought a few for us to look at, after the safety talk we set of into the woods to see what we could find.


Fungi can be found at any time of the year but between August and October is the best time to find some almost any were, due to the weather there was plenty for us to find, some I missed out on hearing what they were called. Hopefully we managed to name most of them right, but some fungi are so similar, this is why you should never eat them. As we went through the wood finding the fungi Jonathan would tell us a bit about the fungi we found.

 Due to the lack of light and only a short time to take the photos, some have not come out as good as I would have liked.

Jelly Ear Fungus (Auricularia auricula-judae)
 Auricularia auricula-judae, known as the Jew's ear, wood ear, jelly ear or by a number of other common names, is a species of edible Auriculariales fungus found worldwide.

Birch Polypore or Razor Strop Fungus (Piptoporus betulinus)

 The Birch Polypore was also used by early Man with some kind of spark producing implement such as flint stones to start camp fires.

Barbers used to 'strop' or sharpen their cut-throat razors on tough, leathery strips cut from the surfaces of these polypores, and so they became known as the Razor Strop Fungus.

Purple Jellydisc (Ascocoryne sarcoides)

Found mainly on the trunks and branches of dead Beech trees, this colourful wood-rotting fungus can form large and conspicuous clusters.

Dead Man's Fingers (Xylaria polymorpha)

 Xylaria polymorpha, commonly known as dead man's fingers, is a saprobic fungus. It is a common inhabitant of forest and woodland areas, usually growing from the bases of rotting or injured tree stumps and decaying wood.

Common Earthball fungi (Scleroderma citrinum)

Scleroderma citrinum, commonly known as the common earthball, pigskin poison puffball, or common earth ball, is the most common species of earthball in the UK and occurs widely in woods, heathland and in short grass from autumn to winter.

Hairy Curtain Crust (Stereum hirsutum)

No matter how many of these attractve bracket fungi you see, there will always be another Stereum hirsutum with significantly different coloration. The variability of this fungus makes its identification at first rather difficult.

I think these two were the same fungi at different stages, depending on their growth , weather and age quite a few fungi can look very different (or I mixed up my notes !)

Clouded Funnel (Clitocybe nebularis)

Merry band of Fungi hunters.

'Chalara', ash dieback

First confirmed in Britain in 2012, Chalara dieback of ash, also known as 'Chalara', ash dieback or Chalara ash dieback, is a disease of ash trees caused by a fungus called Hymenoscyphus fraxineus. (The fungus was previously called Chalara fraxinea, hence the name of the disease. See 'The Science' below for an explanation of the name change.)

Chalara causes leaf loss, crown dieback and bark lesions in affected trees. Once a tree is infected the disease is usually fatal, either directly, or indirectly by weakening the tree to the point where it succumbs more readily to attacks by other pests or pathogens, especially Armillaria fungi, or honey fungus.

However, some ash trees appear to be able to tolerate or resist infection, and scientists are studying the genetic factors which make this possible so that tolerant ash trees can be bred for the future.

This has to be my favourite find of the day

Blusher fungi (Amanita rubescens)

Cap colour is no clue at all to the identity of this large and very common mushroom. Blusher caps vary from from almost white through various shades of pink and brown to almost black. And yet there is something about a Blusher that betrays its identity to anyone who has seen them before. They blush when bruised or cut.

Common Funnel (Clitocybe gibba)

Clitocybe gibba grows in leaf litter in deciduous woodland and rough grass or heaths. The dark cream or pale brown cap can be 10cm diameter at maturity. Like most of the fungi in this genus, it is a gregarious mushroom and often forms large arcs or even complete fairy rings.

Clouded Funnel (Clitocybe nebularis)

Parasol Fungi (Macrolepiota procera )

Macrolepiota procera, the Parasol Mushroom, is a choice edible species found on roadside verges, in neglected pastureland and on grassy seaside cliffs in summer and autumn

This has to be the prettiest fungi of the day. 

Glistening Inkcap (Coprinellus micaceus)

From tree stumps or buried wood of broadleaf trees, Coprinus micaceus, formerly known as the Mica Inkcap but now called the Glistening Inkcap, arises in small to medium-sized clumps from spring until early winter. This edible mushroom is potentially poisonous if collected from roadsides or polluted land, where the mycellium can bioaccumulate heavy metals such as cadmium and lead; this results in the mushrooms containing high concentrations of these toxins.

Southern Bracket fungi (Ganoderma australe)

This one was hard to ID as it was so high up in the tree, have tried since to ID on Twitter, but due to it's age it has not been possible.

Variable Oysterling (Crepidotus variabilis)

Crepidotus variabilis is a tiny, kidney-shaped fungus that appears on dead twigs of broad-leaved trees in autumn and winter. The attachment is virtually always sessile (having no stem)

Honey Fungus (Armillaria mellea )

There are many forms of Honey Fungus, and in some books they are all given the scientific name Armillaria mellea even though it is now accepted that there are several distinct Armillaria species within the group formerly called Honey Fungus.

This parasitic fungus can do immense damage to forests; it attacks  both coniferous and broad-leaf trees. By the time the fruitbodies are in evidence, the damage internally is usually so great that the tree is doomed.

Candlesnuff Fungus (Xylaria hypoxylon)

Common names, such as the candlestick fungus, the candlesnuff fungus, carbon antlers, or the stag's horn fungus

Xylaria hypoxylon, commonly called the Candlesnuff Fungus, appears throughout the year but is particularly noticeable during late autumn and winter. This ubiquitous little rotter is one of the pyromycetes or flask fungi and one of the last fungi to attack rotting wood; it is often preceded by a succession of other species such as Honey Fungus (Armillaria mellea and it relatives) and Sulphur Tuft (Hypholoma fasciculare).

Coral Spot (Nectria cinnabarina)

Beech is the main host, but this colourful parasite is also fairly common on Sycamore, Horse Chestnut and Hornbeam, but hardly ever on conifers. Particularly susceptible are trees that have already been weakened by other stressing factors such as drought, another fungal infestation or physical damage.

A big thank you to Jonathan.

and (click the name to get the link)

I have used their information throughout the post, well worth a visit as it not just on fungi but a wide rage of nature.

Mushroom Diary-  another great resource on fungi.

mel oxfordon Twitter for his help.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Deer's at Fountains Abby Studley Royal

14 October 2017

John Aislabie was a socially ambitious politician, who fell from favour and retreated here to his Yorkshire estate to set about creating this elegant water garden.

Follies, statues and eye catchers were common features in eighteenth century gardens. There could be no finer eye catcher than the grand ruins of Fountains Abbey, which happened to be in his neighbour’s garden.

So that his guests could enjoy the magnificent ruins, viewpoints were created, with the majestic sight of the abbey a highlight of an eighteenth century tour.

John’s son William finally managed to buy the ruins in 1767 which meant that the abbey became part of the garden. William kept his father’s formal designs, but developed new areas of the garden to add wild, wooded and picturesque walks. (LINK)

St Mary’s Church

 When the estates of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal were united in 1767, a celebrated medieval monastic ruin was incorporated into one of England’s finest 18th-century landscape gardens. The most significant later addition to this setting, now a World Heritage Site, is the Gothic revival Anglican church of St Mary. Created partly as a result of a tragic family death in 1870, St Mary’s Church was designed by William Burges in an eclectic Gothic style for the Marquess and Marchioness of Ripon in 1870 and completed in 1878. A masterpiece of an astonishingly inventive designer, it is rich in decorative detail and symbolism.(LINK)

Studley Royal deer park

Studley Royal deer park is home to three different types of deer, it is the start of the rutting season so there were notices to keep to the paths. The day was very warm for the time of the year so most of the animals were chilling out under trees or sitting in the sun.

There are many ancient trees in the Deer Park, some showing damage from the storms we have had had over the past year. The trees are made safe but are left to rot down, some were home to many different kinds of fungi.

Sweet Chestnut 

Fallow deer

These deer originate from France and were brought over during the Norman conquest. They were introduced to Studley Royal at the end of the 1600s. They’re a pale brown colour with white spots, but you do occasionally see an all-white or dark colouring, too. The male is called a buck, and have ‘palmate’ antlers (broad and flat). The female is known as a doe and her young as a fawn.

Studley Royal House

Manchurian Sika

These are the smallest and most timid deer in Studley Royal park. They originate in the Far East and have a white, heart-shaped marking on their bottom. The males are called stags with antlers like tree branches. The females are called hinds and their young are calves.

On the road that runs through the park, at one end you can see the St Mary’s Church and at the other end you can see  Ripon Cathedral.

Fishing Tabernacles & cascade

Female Pheasant 

Red deer

These are the largest in Studley Royal park. They’re indigenous to the UK and are usually a dark reddish brown. The male is called a stag and have large antlers shaped like tree branches. The female is called a hind and the young are referred to as calves.

Red-legged partridge

There is so much to see and do at Fountains Abby, there is the Abby it's self to look round which you have to pay but the Studley and the walk along the Seven Bridges Valley is all free. You have accesses to the shop, toilets and cafes so a great day out for all the family.

 Thanks to the National Trust for their hard work at keeping places like this open for us all to enjoy.
I have used some of their information throughout the post and the link can be found here.