Saturday was another lovely day. It was too nice to stay indoors. When I asked Shirley if she'd like to join me on a stroll her response was affirmative.
We drove to the edge of the city and I parked Clint in the grounds of Whirlow Brook Hall which is pictured above. With boots on we set off along the Limb Valley with its majestic trees. Several dog walkers were treading the same path - including the woman in the image below.
As we were coming to the end of the woods where the valley starts to level out, Shirley noticed this mushroom in the undergrowth next to the path.
It's amanita muscaria but it's more common name is fly agaric. It is an hallucinogenic fungus that has been ingested for many centuries - often for spiritual purposes. The example shown above is in the first stage of its growth but nearby there was another fly agaric mushroom, in the second stage of its development - now flattening out. In the third phase the mushroom is as flat as a coaster.
Soon we were entirely out of the woods and walking along a newly made hardcore path with fencing at the sides. Previously, the designated public footpath took you across marshy land where cattle grazed.
And before we knew it we were in the little village of Ringinglow. The Round House on the left was once a toll house by the old turnpike road. But we were heading for the pub beyond it - "The Norfolk Arms". There we drank glasses of beer before making our way back along the same path - but this time it was all downhill.