Autumn around here can be dreich* and wet or it can be full of sunshine and fiery colours. So far this year, we’re having the dreich kind but the other day, I managed to dodge the rain long enough to get out for a walk through local woods. And I was amazed by the variety of wild mushrooms and tree fungus I saw. In the course of a walk of not more than a couple of miles, I noticed more than six different kinds of wild mushrooms and several trees sporting fungal growth. Had I been hunting, I’m sure I would have found more, including chanterelles which I know grow nearby. However, I’m not an experienced wild mushroom gatherer and recognised at least one of these as poisonous so I wasn’t tempted to pick any. I may be doing them a disservice but the cluster with the black caps looks particularly sinister. They did, however, set me thinking about all the ways in which wild mushrooms, poisonous or otherwise, might feature in a plot (leaving aside the common ‘magic’ variety).
* Dreich: a Scots word meaning dull, dismal or dreary.