Mushrooms at Kirkton & Auchentibber

 

2015 Mushrooms at Kirkton (PV)

2015 Mushrooms at Kirkton (PV)

Pictured here in mid October in my garden at High Blantyre Main Street, is a bag full of mushrooms! Now, i know what you’re thinking, and thats not why i was picking them. I usually find a few mushrooms growing in my grass in the dampness of October, but this year, with milder weather, I filled a bin bag of the funghi, for trashing.

I lift them, as i don’t like the thought of my dog trying to eat them, and they don’t look great on the lawn to be honest. Having no clue about mushrooms, I have no idea if these are harmless or not, but they were harvested and binned anyway. Does anybody else get a harvest of mushrooms on their lawn in late Autumn?

This reminds me of being about 5 years old. Dad would take us up in the car to Auchentibber and we’d go and collect mushrooms, which i remember there being plenty of. I’m not keen on mushrooms at all, so its not a tradition I’ll be passing on and I think it goes back to the days of my father picking mushrooms in the forests of Czechoslovakia, which I know he did. The photo shows Joe Veverka, my dad up the back roads somewhere with his first car in Scotland around 1971. I don’t think this was a mushroom picking trip given his shirt and tie, but the photo takes me right back to being in that car and heading off to Auchentibber with a trolley bag to collect them. Goodness only knows what he did with them all. lol.

1970 Joe Veverka and car

1970 Joe Veverka and car

On social media:

Anne Ellis This is how I remember your dad a young guy new to the country

Michelle Evans My dad is constantly picking mushrooms off his lawn. Maybe there’s something in the soil, dew-point, ambient light. His lawn is quite small relatively speaking, but is surrounded by trees, bushes and big shrubs.

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