Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Friday, 13 May 2016

Did Boris find a Fairy ??


The Autumn warm days bring out mushrooms,  toadstools,  and some beautiful  shades in the leaves as they change colour.

On the front lawn, a red mushroom took Boris’ eye, he investigated, then left it alone. Not sure of the name for this, but guess it might be one of the poisonous variety.

Boris looking for a Fairy

The Fairy's Home

Three more Brunsvigia  josephinae have bloomed, and in a pot I am sure they will not get lost in the jungle of weeds that appear like magic after some rain.

Brunsvigia against a bright green tree

Cheery trees line our driveway, and the leaves change colour in varying stages.

Flowering Cherry trees changing colours

We have had rain, wind, gales further south, thousand of lightning strikes further north, in the middle of the North Island  we escape the worst of the worst weather.

I have done a little sewing, my fab merino fabrics from Levana in Levin arrived, biscuits went down south to Victoria University, posted Monday, arrived Tuesday, not sure how many might have been devoured.. I meant eaten, on Wednesday

.Life continues at a slower pace, Hugh has another hospital appointment next week, I am hoping we do not have to go to Wellington again.

I think of Fort McMurray, no words are adequate to say how we feel . I see that the Otago Rural Fire Authority  is sending parcels of goodies to the firefighters at Fort McMurray. Below courtesy of the Internet.


Although the two Otago rural firefighters had not been based near Fort McMurray, they had worked with some of the incident-control team members now coordinating the current Canadian firefighting.

"At Otago Rural Fire we know the people fighting this fire and we know how much messages of support mean to them,'' she said.

"We've been getting donations of items that are quintessentially Otago to show our support for the region.''

These items included coffee, rugby balls and chocolate.

She joked that pineapple chunks and peanut slabs were "secret weapons'' in rural firefighting, and they had both been included in the care parcels.


I hope the caring thoughts and good wishes from all over the world are helping to lighten the darkness of all those in Fort McMurray. Care,love, support, and   immense kindness , to those who have lost, to those who have helped,  and all those who continue to battle the fires.


Quotation of the day, a Jewish  proverb,

“ I ask not for a lighter burden,

but for broader shoulders”

Greetings from Jean


eileeninmd said...

Hello Jean, I am glad Boris left the mushroom alone. It is cute! Your flowers and autumn leaves are lovely. My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Fort McMurray! Have a happy weekend!

Georgia said...

My,isn't Boris getting to be a handsome fellow! Glad the sniff test deterred him from pursuing any Fairies. I know I'd be curious too. I've never seen a fungus that color and shape anywhere I've ever been. Amazing.

Carol Mattingly said...

What a lovely post and I feel the same way about the firefighters. The mushroom is beautiful. I have never seen one of those before except in photos. I suspect there wasn't a biscuit to be at the University after they arrived. Carol

TexWisGirl said...

how sweet to support the firefighters. that is such a tragedy...

love the 'shroom and your pretty property. good luck with hugh's appt.

Tish Stemple said...

I think that is one of the prettiest mushrooms I have seen. it does look like a tiny fairy or even a family of elves should be running around it somewhere. Glad Boris decided to leave it alone, I would imagine it would probably be poisonous. We continue to send prayers and positive thoughts to those in Fort McMurray.

Inger said...

So much to love here, the proverb, the header picture, Boris and the mushroom, it certainly looks poisionous, firefighters, my heroes. And I so know what you mean, hoping you won't have to go to Wellington.

Mystic Quilter said...

What a wonderful post title!!! We were lucky enough to escape the terrible weather but Wellington certainly was hit badly. Hope things go well with the hospital appointment for Hugh.

Susan Heather said...

I hope things go well for Hugh's appointment and there is no need for another trip to Wellington. The Indian Summer continues here.

The Furry Gnome said...

Still seems strange to me that you're in autumn, while we're enjoying spring!

camp and cottage living said...

That is so kind of the local firefighters to send gifts to Fort McMurray. My son will be heading up there in a few weeks to begin the long task of restoring the power.
I never knew those fairy mushrooms were real! I've done a cute cross stitch of one once. Hopefully Boris didn't scare any of the wee ones.
Wondering how Hugh has been doing....

Sue said...

I love Autumn, all that colour. And I do love that Toadstool your cat was checking out, I am sure the fairies live there at night!!

Fundy Blue said...

Hey, Jean! Boris definitely found a poisonous mushroom. I should know the name, but offhand I don't. No time to check now, because my computer goes dark in about ten minutes! Thanks for your piece about Ft. McMurray, such a tragedy. Having lived in Newfoundland, we know people from our village who were caught by that fire ~ Many Newfies work there. How wonderful that your firefighters are sending them care packages. I'll be back online in the not too distant future! ending you and Hugh hugs!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

On behalf of Canada, we thank you for your concern!
Those mushrooms can be tricky!

I shall have to try and regale you with spring photos, as you settle in for your fall. I loved seeing your summer as we were embedded in winter. It reminds me that change will happen!
All the best from away! xx

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Sending good wishes for Hugh's appt. I'm glad Boris decided to just sniff and go if that is a poisonous mushroom- it certainly is different from many I have seen. Have a nice Sunday evening- or Monday morning...I forget what time zone you are in!

Out To Pasture said...

Loved your "Hey, what is this?" photo of Boris. That toadstood's colour is certainly a poison warning. Finger's crossed that Hugh's hospital appointment is a positive one.

Karen said...

Oh that's a glorious mushroom Jean!

Hannah said...

That's a good quote, Jean. It is distressing to think of such an awful fire and so early in the year. I wonder what that bodes for the summer. Your fall flowers are pretty. Lots of weeds are growing here too. I got some pole beans planted today. They will be wonderful when they start producing in the summer.

C Leiper said...

It's a fly agaric toadstool and yes it's poisonous! I've seen them here in Scotland, very pretty but not for touching or eating! Xx

Jocelyn Thurston said...

Jean, I was surprised to see the news about the firefighters around the world helping those fighting the Monster as they are calling the Fort McMurray fire.
Many of those displaced by that fire are Newfoundlanders who have had to travel far for work since the giant downturn of the cod fishery. So it has been very much a part of my life these past few weeks. Still in chaos there and the fire is still raging, though thankfully, no loss of life. But many wonderful stories of people reaching out.

Nancy J said...

Thank you all for lovely replies. The toadstool has opened, was flat instead of a beautiful curved cone type, and has done its dash, as we say down here. C Leiper, thanks for identifying this. And how can I get in touch with you, my Mum was born in Scotland, and came to NZ in 1909. And Fort McMurray, some news on our NZ TV, but mostly on the internet and Facebook. Firefighters and USAR ( Urban Search and Rescue) workers are a bunch of people that support others in times of huge disasters. We saw that when the team came from Japan after the 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, and our men went there after the Tohoku region tsunami . Our firefighters have travelled to Australia, and I am hoping that the Fort McMurray blaze will stop advancing very soon.

C Leiper said...

Just sent you an email 😊!