Patio River Delta
~~~~~~~~ it just keeps flowing ~~~~~~~~
Spring is finally on the doorstep. It was a 50 degree-hurray-kind-of-day!
I have watched the snow continue to melt in the backyard and on the bluff for a little over a week. I’ve played in the water almost every night this week; more so out of utility, but it still reminds me of being a kid and having fun playing in the mud and water of Spring time.
The water just keeps running. Running down the hill – through the yard – over the patio – down the walking paths – down the drive way – and finally to the road. This is a messy time of year, but a small thing to tolerate when you know what is on deck.
The deer seem to be enjoying the warmer weather as well. Here are some shots of the town deer that live on and around the bluff behind the house. The wander by around sunset most evenings. Always a welcome sight.
It was just one of those days…the kind that come around every couple of years [if you are lucky] when everything falls into place: temperature, moisture, location and time.
Cyndie and I took a break from the landscaping project and hit the woods in search of a favorite Spring time delectable. Morel mushroom season has been gearing up around this area for a couple of weeks now; last week there was a good amount of rain and few nice warm days. We checked a super duper secret spot of mine last week and found a few lil buggers. We went back yesterday to find that the two lil buggers had grown up…and they had friends. It is always fun to find bunches of these tasty fungi, but when you find heaps…we’ll that is just crazy exciting.
We stumbled upon a massive Smurf village. At one point I am sure I busted out in a tune familiar to many. These fungi were wonderfully huge and plentiful. We Gargamel’d practically the whole village* and it was an epic occasion. Sooooo epic that I had to call for reinforcements. There were so many and our mesh bags where already full when we happened upon this lovely place. I dialed up a fellow shroom hunter and he arrived in short order with paper grocery sacks to transport these little lovely’s home.
It is a fairly common practice to have morels and steak, but rarer still is the morel steak. Have I mentioned that these morels were massive? Big and hearty they were – it is a very nice thing when you can sit down and eat morels – and cut them with a knife
The two grocery bags we brought home were 7.5lbs ea. and my friend Doug went home with one as well. It never occurred to me nor have I ever wondered how much a smurf village might weigh. Approximately 22 lbs total; I guess that is how much a smurf village weighs.
*You don’t want to cut down everyone – leave some to rebuild, always cut the stems and always always always use a mesh bag to gather so you scatter spores!!!!!