Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Travels with Tessa - Part 3

Now that the long weekend has come and gone, the sun is shining again.... it was rainy and cold for most of the time, but we still managed to take some long walks between the showers.
Tessa renewed her acquaintance with the swans, but they sensibly kept their distance.

By the edge of the water there are clumps of Marsh Marigolds growing, also known as Kingcups, bright and sunny even on a dull rainy drippy sort of day.

Here's a rare find... a Yellow Morel. This is one of the best wild mushrooms for eating, commanding a high price if you can find them for sale. I left this one where it is, growing under an ancient apple tree. Someone else might decide to take it home and sample it for dinner, but not me!

And this bracket fungus isn't so rare... Dryad's Saddle. It grows on dead and dying deciduous trees, and can grow up to half a meter across. Edible when young... but again... I'm not going to try it.

Tessa found a little stick house to explore. Perhaps this could be where the dryads live when they're not sitting on their saddles?

YoungerSon and The Bride collected Tessa on their way home from their weekend in NYC yesterday.
Life here will be a lot quieter without having to keep an eye at all times on a naughty, rambunctious, mischevious, garden-digging, early-morning-howling, midnight-barking, flowerpot-chewing, tulip-eating energetic puppy!
For Travels with Tessa - Parts 1 amd 2, see the two previous posts.

23 comments:

Hilary said...

Wow, that first shot is wonderful. I enjoyed your walk with Tessa very much and hopes she comes back for a visit soon.

Changes in the wind said...

Awwwwww sweet boredom to come but what a wonderful adventure you had.

dot said...

Great shots! I really enjoyed them. Those are some of the prettiest mushrooms I've ever seen. Bet you will miss Tessa so much!

Middle Ditch said...

Tessa sounds a lovely dog. And those photo's are most remarkable. Very, very beautiful.

madretz said...

heehee...sounds like Tessa gave you quite a crazy weekend! Love the dryad stick house in the woods...what a find!

Peggy said...

Love those mushrooms! I'm glad that there is a loving, safe place for Tessa to go when her owners can't take care of her.

bigbikerbob said...

Hi, All those things you said about Tessa but I bet you'll miss her like hell.

imac said...

Wow some fantastic shot these are. Great story and great post.

Thanks for visiting my blog and kind comments.

photowannabe said...

Yep, I never thought I would say that I miss the antics of Snicker but her sweetness outshines the curious energetic behavior.
Great shots of the fungi. I'm not brave about sampling those. I'll take the store variety.

tut-tut said...

hmm, morels; I'd like to find a few of those . . .

island sweet said...

thanks for all your encouragement about my work!

Xtreme English said...

great saga...with morels, yet! i left a comment for you on peggy's blog.

Sonia A. Mascaro said...

Sounds you and Tessa had a wonderful time again!

Those fungus are amazing!

Thanks for your visit and funny comment! Lol!

Libbys Blog said...

Its lovely having company when out walking! Although your a braver lady than I! I could no more walk through woods than fly, they terrify me, odd huh!!
As to why you raise the broody cage off the ground, I have no idea, just following what Lottie does, although I believe it helps cool them down!

evlahos said...

very beautiful series.

Peter said...

I guess that the "censored" words in you text are also part of the thruth, but isn't that also part of the charm with dogs? ... and Tessa gave you the chance to take a photo like the first one! Really nice!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I think it'll be a bit lonely without Tessa. ;-)

Love your mushroom shots!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Oh, I just LOVE Tessa....That first picture of her looking at the swimming birdies is PERFECT! Kind of 'on point' in alert position....! LOVE those yellow flowers, too!

Old Wom Tigley said...

Fantastic post...
I would have had to take the home some of the mushrooms here..
Liked the saddle and the humour with it.. :O)

Sheila said...

I often think of all the wonderful exercise I would get if I adopted a dog.
BUT.. you have just reminded me of the downside. I think I'll stick to baby sitting the grand dog, a couple of days at a time is enough for me..!

Lilli & Nevada said...

My goodness looks like you both had a wonderful time. The mushrooms are pretty but i will leave them for your enjoyement for eating YUCK!
Love the flowers

dabrah said...

Those fungi are quite amazing! Well it sounds as if Tessa kept you quite busy. She's very pretty.

LeenaM said...

I could find with our Kiki just same objects here, same flowers are blooming, same kind fungi are growing
and same landscapes can be found too,
you photos feel so familiar, but you made a fine story from all those things, thank you!

Have a nice, coming weekend!
Can you see baby during it? Soon you can tell to him, what all those growing things are and teach, that he can not eat everything :)