Heard Around My House, and a Mush-yoom Update

Update on the mushroom festival we’ve been having in our yard: This thing is huge! I haven’t cut the grass because I didn’t want to shred this cool fungus, and it keeps getting bigger and bigger. Looks like a soccerball sitting in the yard. It’s over 8 inches across, and probably the same in height.

The underside feels like flesh, and the top has a feathery look and feel. I don’t have a clue what type it is or if it’s edible. I just think it’s amazing. Most of the fungus is underground, as mycelium, and every so often they fruit, especially after a wet spell. We’ve had some good rains recently, and under a lot of the older shade trees the mushies are popping up.

Heard around my house:
  • I want to go poop! (exit 3YO with pants around her knees)
  • Do you want to watch the Jane Austen Book Club with me? (Ummm…not so much.)
  • It’s called a Nano. It’s one gigabyte. (Do you know what a gigabyte is?)
  • Mine’s gonna be purple.
  • What can I have to eat? (What do you want to eat?)
  • I don’t know. What can I have? (You’re 10. You know what we eat and what we buy. What do you want?)
  • It will probably hold a hundred songs. (Cool. Do you have that much music?)
  • I want some thing like….mumble..mumble… (Say that again?)
  • Well, there’s iTunes. (There’s your allowance.)
  • Wipe me! (I’m coming, hang on!)
  • Something like, you know, a treat. (Have some food, not a treat.)
  • Where poop go? Into floor? (It goes into a pipe under the street with our neighbor’s poop.)
  • We should make cookies, Pop. (We had ice cream and cookies last night. Maybe another time.)
  • Can I go online? Just for a minute? (Umm… No.)
  • We’re going to the library for movies. Bye! (Bye. I’ll be in the Man Cave.)

In other related news, Eat the View is petitioning for a garden on the White House lawn.

From the site:

“Eat the View” is a campaign to plant healthy, edible landscapes in high-impact, high visibility places, whether it’s the “First Lawn” or the lawn in front of your child’s school.

Eat the View is a project of Kitchen Gardeners International.

I joined up. Food and gardens are important, and this is an big hairy audacious goal. I like that.

Derek Markham

Things I dig include: simple living, natural fatherhood, attachment parenting, natural building, unassisted childbirth (homebirth), bicycles, permaculture, organic and biodynamic gardening, vegan peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips, bouldering, and the blues. Find me elsewhere at @NaturalPapa, @DerekMarkham, Google+, or RebelMouse.

2 thoughts on “Heard Around My House, and a Mush-yoom Update

  • Mrs4444

    That mushroom is actually, literally beautiful! I LOVE the photos. Nicely done.


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