Mild, exceptionally mild weather. Exceptionally wet. There are rosy and cream wax-cap fungi in grassy pastures , perfect weather for fungi. And multi-coloured ewes telling they’ve been tupped and paint-marked.
The morning is misty so from Howbarrow we look out across Cartmel Sands to Chapel Island, to the Levens railway viaduct and to Ulverston. The Hoad monument is somewhere in the gloom, We talk of the floods and of what we did on Saturday 5th when storm Desmond hit Cumbria. Indoors, hunkered down against a battering of winds and rain? Or on the waterproofs for a coastal walk into the wind. Too strong and you could turn your back on it and head for home – a day to remember.
There’s a gorse bush oozing fungus, beaded with yellow brain fungus. Glistening lobes of jelly fungus all along the underside of branches of gorse, to brightens a late autumn day.