I´ve been very busy this morning. I have bought new trousers, fire logs, found out the price on region tickets to go by train to Gothenburg and pulled out a tick out of my left buttock. Not a bad start of a day :-)
We have a small area where there grows lots of thistles, nettles and other plants we call weeds and this is a small paradise for butterflies. I went out there yesterday and some of the butterflies were kind enough to stay still while I photographed them :-) This is a Thistle butterfly.
I´m going to Gothenburg tomorrow to have dinner with one of my aunts and some other relatives. I realised that I didn´t have any decent trousers, so I drove to Skara to buy some. Since I was there I bought a couple of bags with different teas as well. I looked after a tea pot too since my old one is no longer. But they only had small ones for one cup and when I make tea I make a lot. I had the idea to go to Kvänum and the secondhand store today, but I was so early that they wouldn´t open for yet a couple of hours. I pass it every day when going home from work so I´ll go there next week instead.
I´ve never seen this one before, but I suspect it belongs amongst the Goldenwing butterflies.
The Thistle butterfly. It´s one of the migrating butterflires in the world and comes to us during early summer from the mediterranian. They lay eggs here on thistles and nettles and a new generation is born. Unfortunally they can´t survive through our winters.
So I drove to Falköping instead to find out how much a region card for traveling to Gothenburg would cost and if I could buy it today. It´s valid for 24 hours and then I can travel how much I want those 24 hours on almost any kind of public transportation. It shows I have to buy it the same day I´m going to travel so I´ll go there before leaving tomorrow.
A False Chanterelle. It looks very much as the delicious chenterelle but has almost no taste at all. Lovly color though.
The Puffball is quite delicious when it is as white as here. We have a lot of them around.
But since I was in Falköping I went to the store that sells fire logs during winter and asked if they might have any stored somewhere and they had. So now I have six pakages in my woodshed (in winter that would last five days since I only use them for support heat). If it wasn´t for the fact that it´s rather hot today I would start using them now, because the humidity outside is terrible and it sort of gets inside too.
This is another kind of Puffball that gets atleast twice as big as those above. All Puffballs in Sweden are edible and quite tasty as long as they are white.
This is one of my absolute favourites! In swedish it has the name "Lemon yellow slime mushroom" :-) It describes it rather well actually. It has a layer of slime but it´s easy to remove and if You cut the stem it´s actually lemon yellow inside. Fry it in butter and it´s soooo delicious!
I drove to the grocery store in Gudhem on my way home too. I always goes there every Friday to buy what I need for the comming week. I like the place and it´s not especially expensive either. That is the only place I know of that sells seeds for the birds all year long. Otherwise it´s almost impossible to find that over here.
It seems to be a good year for Toadstools. I think this is what we call "Blushing Toadstool" (Amanita rubescens). It´s quite delicious and edible, at least most times. It can also be mixed up with other very deadly relatives so I never pick it.
The spots that most toadstools has can fall of in heavy rains, even on the red one.
The tick You wonder? Well it felt like I had gotten a small pimple on my buttock and it was barly I could see it, but I have a special tool to remove them so now I´m free from it. It can only have been there for a couple of hours, but it still feels rather creepy to find something living on You like that!
We have only two toxic Boletales in Sweden and none grows here. We have however two that can destroy all other food if they by misstake gets in to a dinner. Their taste is so strong it´s impossible to eat it :-) :-) This one is quite tasty though.
Some boletales are used as fake truffles in for example liver pate.
It has beenraining all morning and will continue like this for several days they say. But on the other hand, they told us we shouldn´t have rain now just a couple of days ago so who knows what weather we´ll get :-) Now it´s time for a cup of tea here by the open kitchen door. It´s raining like mad but the wind turns the rain away from the door so I´ll sit here and enjoy the sound :-)
Have a great day now!
I had to lay down on the ground to take this photo, the mushroom is really small. Just seconds after I noticed that I had placed myself just on top of an ants nest :-) :-)