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Plucking up the courage – #JusJoJan

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Today’s word is ‘contemplate‘, courtesy of Cheryl – The Bag Lady.

So here I am, contemplating what to write about today, what to concoct for dinner tonight, and the biggest thing on my list, whether to write my book or not.

Looks like items one and two are taken care of – I have campfire stew bubbling away in the slow cooker. But what about number three?

I’ve got as far as an idea and writing copious notes, but what to do with them? That, my dear readers, requires considerable contemplation.

Wishing you all a terrific Tuesday xx


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Monday musings … Fairies homes and fashion

Spotted this beauty on my dog walk… Amanita Muscaria… reminds me of pictures from fairy stories. I love this time of year for the variety of mushrooms appearing wherever I walk… mostly in mixed woods and open fields….

I remember little cute pics of Fairies living in toadstool houses just like this specimen here. I wonder what happened to the roof… it looks as though it has a cat face carved into it. Whatever was responsible must have had an interesting trip afterwards!

And as for our little fairy… what self-respecting fairy leaves the house without a hat? A hat that just happens to be shaped rather like this mushroom –

Psilocybe Semilanceata
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Is it any wonder we have such lovely fairy stories… their houses contain a number of toxins some of which are psychoactive. And as for their hats, these are more commonly known as Magic Mushrooms.


I am reminded of the discussion between Alice and the Caterpillar in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carrol. She tells him that eating one side of the mushroom made her taller, while eating the other side made her smaller. I can’t help wondering if Lewis himself had ingested some interesting mushrooms while writing his books….

Happy Monday everyone x