I have finally found out who Simon is. Ten days ago, when I first visited Simon’s Wood, I googled and googled trying to discover who Simon was, all to no avail.
Yesterday, I just read the noticeboard in the car park and it told me. Simon, apparently, was Christopher Simon who, in 1961, was the person who first bequeathed a parcel of land to the National Trust to turn into the area of public woodland.
Now I know. I like to know these things, it was irritating me that I couldn’t find out.
I wanted to take pictures of the fungi. What I really want to find is a bright red toadstool with white spots, the sort of toadstool Enid Blyton used to write about, where elves and fairies reside. I couldn’t find any.
Maybe it’s the wrong season. I really don’t know very much about fungi.
I did find quite a few different types. I really, really need a fungi identification book (never thought I’d hear myself say that sentence), especially if I want to submit photos to one of the stock photo agencies. I need to be able to tag the photos properly and I can’t do that if I don’t know what they are.
I have submitted (finally) another batch of photos to the stock photo agency for consideration. I checked this morning but there has been no decision on them yet.
If I can get a couple more accepted than last time I will feel I have made progress.
Pud’s birthday went well, she liked her prezzies and had a good day. I made turkey fajitas for six, a family favourite.
Actually I have taken the opportunity as I have time off work to do a fair bit of cooking. Yesterday Man and I had homemade spicy ham and vegetable soup (basically I bunged in anything that looked like it wasn’t going to last much longer, couple of carrots, celery, onions and lettuce, with a job lot of ham I got cheap at the weekend) and homemade bread.
The soup had quite a kick, I’d added fennel and coriander as well as two dried chillis that I forgot to take out before I blitzed it -oops. It was pretty spicy :)
I remember talking to the chef Antonio Carluccio once at the opening of one of his restaurants and him telling me about a childhood spent foraging for mushrooms and cooking with them. Definitely not enough fungi identification skills for me to do that, which is a shame really because I think it might be fun to cook with stuff I have foraged.
More learning is needed.
Today we may well create a homemade lightbox for still life photographic purposes … but only if it’s raining, that seems to be a rainy day project to me :)