A couple of weeks ago we climbed Simonside. It was murky and grey, very cold, and cloudy. Lots of Red Grouse but once we reached the top the clouds were below us. Top pic is a different aspect of the Cheviot hills and the one below is looking over Harwood forest...note the amount of clearance at the Rothbury end.
Moss Oysterling (Arrhenia acerosa) growing on the rotten floor of my garden shed.
Cropped shot of Green hellebore (Helleborus viridis) on opposite bank of River Font near Mitford
Velvet Shank (Flammulina) near Highford bridge, Morpeth
A walk along the river Wansbeck between Morpeth and Mitford yesterday morning was productive in terms of fungi and birds. Three Goosanders upstream from the stepping stones and up to 20 Bramblings feeding on the steep ground on Beech mast at Atheys dene. Among other birds here were Marsh tit and at least 11 Great Tits together and Jay. Velvet Shank fungi appears abundant in and around the woods this winter.