I’ve been watching a lot of videos over the last week on various topics of interest to me and I wanted to share something I wrote down whilst watching a video of Charles Eisenstein speaking. His books are available to read for free, as a gift, on his website with an option to give a gift back to support the work. The website is: charleseisenstein.net
The following quote from that video has really helped me to feel more thankful for the real wealth and freedom I have – The freedom to go to different places and receive skills, knowledge and experiences by gifting my time and energy to people and places who are part of a life sustaining world.
” Wealth is the freedom to be generous.”
Wood Ears on Elder log
Underside of Wood Ear
Top of Wood Ear
I recently found a large fruiting of the mushroom Auricularia auricula-judae (or Wood Ear). There is a lot of dead Elder in one of the woods at Ragmans and these were growing on a large fallen stem. This mushroom is most often found on Elder trees but they will grow on other species. They’re a very easy one to identify and one of the few edible mushrooms you’ll find over winter in the UK so this was a real treat of a discovery on one of the few lovely sunny weekends we’ve had this year.
Perhaps these mushrooms add a twist to the philosophical thought experiment that asks: ” If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” But then again perhaps not…!?