Go ant go!

I guess if the basement gets flooded or the house suffers from rising damp you must build a chimney to fix the problem. Especially if you are out in the forest and the tradesmen won’t visit. Of course all the bird can see is the top and that doesn’t make much sense at all.  Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be … Continue reading Go ant go!


Take your pick; stories or photos; birds or fungi; old houses or sunsets. If Toumpas don’t like it tell me. If you do like it tell me. I don’t care either way. So here is a story; truth or fiction? Who knows! If the real Pamela ever gets to read this and recognises herself let me tell her that I am sorry and I behaved … Continue reading Barbara

Hermoso es! Aquilino’s mother

Do you want another story? There are a few tiny little bits in this that smack of the truth but I’ll leave you to work out which for yourself. I have no intention of telling you. And it has only two parts. Aquilino’s mother and tomorrow Aquilino’s father. When William woke on the morning of seventeenth of September he did not feel well. He had … Continue reading Hermoso es! Aquilino’s mother

Fungi are worth the effort.

My recent expedition into the world of mushrooms and their friends has switched on a new interest. I will begin by quoting from the extract to a 200 page book on the topic; ‘The Biology of Fungi’ by C. T. Ingold and H. J. Hudson.  Fungi as mutualistic symbionts A wide range of fungi live in mutualistic associations with plants. The best known of these symbioses … Continue reading Fungi are worth the effort.