Soursob invasion along creeklines

Soursob, oxalis pes-caprae, is an  aggressive weeds species common to the Strathbogie Ranges. This persistent perennial herb enjoys riparian settings. Unfortunately the banks of the lower reaches of the Seven Creeks are covered in masses of this plant, mainly because the bulbs can be dispersed by water during floods.

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Soursob has a severe impact on indigenous ground flora with dense infestations smothering and eradicating smaller plants. It originates from Southern Africa. Continue reading

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Seven Creeks – up and running

DSCN2835Good recent rainfall has finally seen some significant flows in the Seven Creeks. Even the weir at Polly McQuin’s is spilling over the entire wall. Strathbogie township has received 113 mm so far in June and May wasn’t too bad either (130 mm). Mind you, had Polly’s been built in 1917, it would have looked a bit different. That year, Strathbogie had its wettest June on record, a total of 321!

Some pics of the weir wall at Polly McQuinn’s, taken from on and near the bridge. Click on a pic to enlarge. Continue reading

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Field Foraged Fungi

A excellent crop of edible Saffron Milk Cup mushrooms is emerging in the pine forests of the Strathbogie Ranges this week. They are pretty soggy after days of wintery rain and do not keep very well. Take a walk with your fungi identification guide book and a basket to collect a tasty meal. The taste is mild, sort of nutty , piney and sweet.

We enjoyed them for Sunday lunch following an Italian pasta recipe. Our mushrooms were picked from the Penny Lane plantationsimage

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Fantastic fungi art exhibition

Everyone is invited to attend the opening of the Art Exhibition, “Artistic Observations of Fungi and the Amazing World Beneath our Feet” featuring prints, painting and mixed media works by the talented students at Euroa Primay School.

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It opens this Friday May 27 at 5.30pm in the Schoolhouse building next to Euroa Primary school. Come and celebrate the visual diversity of the Fungi Kingdom as seen through the eyes of children.

Music and refreshments will accompany the exhibition which will be officially opened by Rohonda Christiannou from t he Shepparton Art Gallery.

Entry  free, no need to book.

Bring your children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

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The exhibition will also be open over the weekend from 10am until 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Hands on Science and Art activity tables will be set up for young and old. Tea, coffee and scones will also be available for purchase.

Please come down and enjoy this one off inspiring and magical art event organised by the Strathbogie Ranges Conservation Management Network in partnership with Euroa Primary School.

 

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Fungi in my kitchen.

Field Mushrooms are pushing up through the warm damp earth in our paddocks after  the heavy rain on the first weekend of the Strathbogie Ranges fungi festival.

Many farmers lament the loss of the field mushrooms  they remember from their childhood. Unfortunately superphosphate kills off these fungi and most have disappeared from farmland . You will need to find un-supered pastures to collect your bucketful of mushrooms.

I gathered enough to make  mushroom soup for lunch today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Combining the Arts & Environment

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Fungi, food and theatre.

May 21st 2016 – 7.00 pm at the FlourMill Euroa. $25 per person

The YAPPERS ( Yea’s  finest thespians ) present an evening of fungi and food themed comedy  punctuated by a three course gourmet dinner prepared by the Flourmill team.

Be part of this outrageous evening  & celebrate  the unique world of fungi . Numbers are limited . Please book your tickets at the Euroa Library or by ringing  Janet Hagen 57904268 or contact Janet Forgerty direct if you have special dietary requirements theflourmillgallery@bigpond.com.image

 

 

 

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The Fungi – A Curious Kingdom

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