Chanterelles in January
In Highland Perthshire, we're very lucky to be able to take advantage of nature's larder in many ways, and one of the best treats is the annual crop of chanterelle mushrooms - some of us have our own favourite locations for finding this delicious, but sometimes elusive delicacy!
The thing is, it's usually late summer before our chanterelle antennae start getting active, when warm damp days encourage them to grow.
So it was a huge surprise to be out for a wander in the woods with the Birnam Glen dog, and to look down and see at my feet several chanterelles - on the 24th of January!
Now, I'm not a trained botanist, or whatever you might call those who study fungi, but I don't think it's normal to find chanterelle growing in the wild in what is supposed to be the middle of winter.
Even if it did feel more like summer yesterday, as temperatures in parts of Scotland reached the teens.