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September 20, 2010



Nice one Nick, very interesting as usual. Finished the book this week. Awesome read! Only problem is, I want more! Have you had any ideas about returning to the treehouse at all? Also, hows the barnlife going? Have fun hanging out with the "finance" - freudian slip? ;-)

Nick Weston

Hey Giles,

Glad you enjoyed the book, no plans to return to the treehouse, but plans to do one elsewhere perhaps....?! Barnlife going well, getting a bit chilly with autumn on its way, finance not a freudian slip- we are both as poor as church mice! but life is good!


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Great post. Loving everything to do with mushrooms this season - especially anything with pores rather than gills.


I love the name of the last poster... thats original!! ;-)

Plum Kitchen

Really interesting post, thanks:) Made mushroom pie for supper last night, although my foraging only got as far as the greengrocer, I feel so inadequate! Have fun in France

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This blog is awesome! lovely to look at those mushroom photos!

The Curious Cat

I love the idea of mushroom picking but too many horror stories do not help to encourage one...maybe one day - for now I'll just identify where I can!

And how has your treehouse shrunk?! Very funny!

And what a wonderful meal - definitely a winner! xxx

propagating dan

Thanks! Just positively identified my first Bay Bolete thanks to your photo. It's a bit old but I'm going to give it a go...


Just gathered Bay Boletes (boletus spadiceus) in northern Pennsylvania (my first true attempt at gathering wild mushrooms), and finally cooked them up last night. I thought my eyes were going to pop out of my skull: the nutty, woodsy earthy flavor was like nothing I'd bought in a store. I still have a bagful, and my mission tonight is to clean, slice and prep them for drying. I highly recommend these boletes if you can find them!

Jack Alltrades

Fantastic site! We gathered some Boletes today. They are one of the safest mushroom finds in the UK.


Fantastic post - mercifully jargonless and all true.

Not braggin or anything but I gathered 4.164 Kg of ceps and bay boletes today with my wife - that brings this month (and it's November 2011) to 9 Kg of ceps, a load of Wood Blewits and some Hedgehog Hydnums.

And 1.5 Kg of Horn of Plenty in September.

The house smells amazing as we're drying the ceps in batches in the oven and then the airing cupboard and have enough to fill seven 750 ml Kilner jars.

Best ever season, and unusually late and fruitful final flush.


lovely photos -nice to see orange birch boletes getting an honourable mention. no final flush up here in Moray - very mild but no rain.


I have found some black trumpets, rocky paths are the best. Identifying boletes is not my specialty. Is it ok to sample a bolete while picking and spit it out as long as the pores aren't red? Is satan's bolete the only poisonous one or are there others? Getting rain as I type this.

The Healthy Epicurean

Great post. We found our first ceps of the season here today (Landes - Southwestern France. They were divine!


hi All

We are lucky to have a field of boletus near us. quite a few are large with darkish green undersides

Are these worth bothering with for air drying or avoid?

Thanks in advance.


Stephen Boraston

Has anyone foins à satans Bolete in uk? If so, where? Its protected in uk, apparently only found in southern england

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