I think we should move Easter to Autumn. I know it would stagger an international festival and detach it from Passover - but the symbolism would be better. Everyone knows fertilised eggs have chickens inside. Eggs were never dead, or even dormant, and it's not in the least bit surprising when a chick pops out. But take a look at this. I don't know what it is but I found it on 14th November in woods near the River Stour at Blandford Forum in Dorset (about seventeen miles from Dorchester and twenty five miles from Weymouth). It was about the size of a burnt chestnut - and looked like one too! There were several stuck to a fallen . . . twig . . . branch . . . . . . what do you call something which is neither one nor the other but somewhere in between? I wasn't sure whether it was a canker, a parasite a . . . well, bear it in mind. This is a fungus nearer home from 27th November last year. Continuing with my plan to be deliberately misleading rather risk a dangerous mis-identification, I've called it Slugus Fungus. To me, it's particularly strange because it seems to be shaped by gravity. See? It hung around for a long time, unappealing and desiccating. And, at some point, I'm not sure when, it became nothing but black lumps. I looked. I thought that was the end of it. But, look at this. Here we are on 25th November this year. (It's roughly two or three by three or four inches.) At the other end of the log, on the 28th November.
And the new life on this log has been breaking out for a while. I don't know when it started but I have a photo from 30th October where some substantial 'bursting' has already happened. Now look again at the burnt chestnut thingy.
I wish I knew what has happened to that one. It won't be where I saw it. It will have been moved by the wind, people or dogs. And, even if it's still there, I doubt I could find the place. And even if I could find the place, I'm not going for a three mile walk followed by an hour long bus ride followed by a two mile walk in the rain on the off-chance that I might find a particular stick in a large wood. Sorry!