The only things that are thriving at Enfield are the weeds and the fungi. There are so many varieties of fungus taking over our yard on-mass that Seth and Craig have had a huge mushroom clean up just so that we could claim our lawn back and stop singing 'wont you take me to fungi-town' when we were driving home.
Unfortunately, I have no idea which mushrooms are edible and which ones are not, apart from the saffron milk caps which I know that you can eat and the red night caps which I know will kill you. But that is only two varieties, we have a shit load more action than that. I bet we even have some of those magic mushrooms around, but to be honest the idea of trippin' on mushrooms really doesn't appeal to me. I reckon you would have to feel pretty dodgy in the stomach and the idea of facing of my inner demons with a massive gut ache and the runs just doesn't excite me at all.
Apparently there is some mushroom expert lady that does workshops around Creswick and Daylesford and she teaches you which mushrooms are safe to eat and how to prepare them. I think that I am going to try and get into one of those workshops next year and educate myself, seems like a worthwhile thing to know since we have such an abundance of them.
My nan used to pick wild mushrooms all the time, she said that if you put a little bit of a mushroom on your tongue and it tingled then you would know that it was poison and not good to eat. This somewhat risky method has never sat well with me, I wonder how many Ukrainians keeled over in mushroom filled paddocks after licking the wrong sort of fungi. Sorry nan, not going with your methods on this one, think I will seek the advise of an expert and save myself the bad trips and gut aches.
Release Date: 2010
Rating: R 18+
Running Time: 100 mins
A brilliant independent film that has been tragically overlook by many, Winter's Bone had me on the edge of my seat with it's stark depiction of life for a teenager in a remote and Winter-crippled, rural community. Adapted from the 2006 Daniel Woodrell novel of the same name, and written and directed by Debra Granik, Winter's Bone delivers with such an ominous intensity that it had me dreading unknown outcomes and anticipating the worst.
An unflinchingly tough teen named Ree (Jennifer Lawrence) tries to save her family's home from being repossessed after her meth-dealing father puts it up for collateral and then disappears. Ree sets out to find him and dangerously challenges her kin's codes of silence to determine his fate.
This movie made Jennifer Lawrence a star, she delivers a solid and Oscar worthy performance that set her up for a string of movie offers soon after. If you haven't seen Winter's Bone yet, you need to.
FINAL SAY: Bleak and dirt poor.
3.5 Chili Peppers