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A Very, Wet Walk

collecting sweet chestnuts

Maybe if I’d known that the heavens would open quite so dramatically, I would have postponed our trip to the woods. At the time, my only thoughts were focused on spotting a fly agaric or two, which we were bound to find. We do each year. Everyone had coats and wellies, just in case. There was bound to be a shower.

We stopped to collect sweet chestnuts and soon filled our pockets until there was no more room. There were offers to take off jumpers to carry more. It really is a good year for foraging. Such abundance.

path becomes stream

And then the rain came. In bucketfuls. We sheltered under a tree, expecting it to pass after a few minutes. The dog hid her head under my coat, while the rest of her soaked quickly to the skin. For the first time ever, I wished we had a coat for her. I wish I’d packed the waterproof trousers for the rest of us. Hindsight. A wonderful thing!

Eventually, we took the decision to cut our losses and head for the car. Not before jumping in the new stream that was flowing fast in the path we had just abandoned. When you’re already wet, why miss some fun.

fly agaric

We found plenty of fly agarics, which I discover are very difficult to photo in heavy rain.

sun in woods after the rain

Just before we reached the car, the rain stopped and the sun came out. Taking a bit more time, we spotted more varieties of fungi, before heading home for warm, dry clothes and a hot chocolate. There is something entirely wonderful about changing into dry clothes after a soaking. It makes the whole adventure even more of an adventure. Don’t you think?

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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