About

I am a Chemical Engineer with a love for the bush. 

In July 2005, I purchased a derelict mud brick house in the middle of a bush block at Pemberton, in the SW of WA. 

This blog is an attempt to re-construct some of the history of my existence here as well as share my interest in mushrooms and the many National Parks and other places of interest around the place.

I used to dream about living somewhere like this when I was a kid at school….

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  1. 1

    Tancredi Rubinich said,

    Wow. I just found this blog because I am up late surfing.
    I have also dreamed of living in the forrests of the SW and have been reading a stack of Truffle cultivation and mushroom books latley. I am delighted to be discovering a fascination with fungi which I found whilst working with Trichodermas for crop protection and Glomus mycorrhizas for crop nutrition. I’d love to combine my love of the forests, growing things and prehaps commercial fungi cultivation such as truffles or mushrooms. We have been looking for the ideal block to do this on which is difficult as we are a little green but very keen. I thank you for your blog it has given me much needed inspiration.
    Tanc.

    • 2

      morrie2 said,

      Hi Tanc

      I am pleased that you enjoy the site. I am up late tonight myself. There are places around for sale, but you really have to decide to take the plunge. There is plenty of work down here to keep you afloat if you can’t find a position in your field at first. Good luck!

      Morrie

  2. 3

    Mitch Garbutt said,

    Hi Morrie
    Just got back from a weekend camping down at the stirling ranges and met a traveller who was a funghi nut and showed us a glowing ghost fungi (impressive). He inspired us to look around at how many funghi there where and we were just blown away when we found about 25 different types in a 100m radius.
    I found your site after googling Morels, as i am a keen cook and would love to hunt some up.
    Love your site and hope to get some insite as to where some tasty mushrooms might turn up.
    Great Blog.
    Best wishes
    Mitch

    • 4

      morrie2 said,

      Hi Mitch,

      Thanks for your comments. At this time of year look out for morels on pine bark mulch in some of the new suburbs. There are others that will come up in burnt forest in Spring.

      The next edible mushroom to look out for is Hydnum repandum. It is a very easy one to identify. It grows right through the mixed marri and jarrah forest in the hills round Perth. The Gleneagle campground south of Armidale is a consistant source near to Perth.

      Happy hunting.

      Morrie

  3. 5

    Richard Hardiman said,

    Hi mate. I am also interested in fungi. I live in Sydney and have noticed that there are a great variety of mushrooms and toadstools around seemingly many more than when i was young. unfortunately I know ‘stuff all’ about them but am learning due to you and other webloggers. I find it impossible to find any courses in mycology in Aus (something i am intersted in) I would like to send you some images of the fungi I have spotted around the town if you are interested. Including some beaut stinkhorns (phallus rubicundus) I found around Sydney Park, Alexandria/ St Peters.

    • 6

      morrie2 said,

      Hi Richard,

      Great to hear of your interest in fungi.

      I don’t know of any course in mycology. There are very few myclogists around the place. I have just learned a little from my own interest.

      As far as photos go, can I suggest that you post them on Flickr and join one of the fungi groups there. The Fabulous Fungi – Australia group for example. There are some wonderful images there. Have a look at Razor 4343 for example.

      Cheers,

      Morrie

  4. 7

    Josh said,

    Hi Morrie,
    I have just moved to the North coast of NSW (near Byron Bay). I’ve Googled trying to fund a fungi/mushroom club supporting wild mushroom info/collecting but haven’t been able to. I know you’re in WA but are you aware of any such group on NSW’s north east coast?
    Thanks
    Josh

    • 8

      morrie2 said,

      Hi Josh,

      Fungimap is an Australian wide group that supports interest in mushrooms. They have annual forays at which there are educational sessions. They are not involved at all with edible mushrooms though. Quite the opposite in fact.

      I recall that there are some growers of exotic fungi near Byron Bay. Perhaps you could visit them and you might be able to guide you towards a suitable group?

      Burnum Burnum, who I met in WA, was from Byron and had an interest in such things, but he has sadly passed on. He did publish quite an extensive book on Wild Things, including some fungi.

      You might try contacting Patrick Leonard of the Queensland Mycological Society. This article from the Coffs Coast Advocate gives some background. There are members down your way it would seem.

      http://www.coffscoastadvocate.com.au/story/2012/04/01/pat-takes-frypan-on-scientific-field-trips/

      Membership is $20

      http://qldfungi.org.au/membership

      Good luck,

      Morrie

  5. 9

    bob said,

    hi morrie, i found some mushrooms growing in a crack of a fallen tree, they are just like the ones at the top of your home page, little brownish redish caps that were growing in clusters just in the cracks, i think they were cottonwoods in eastern idaho, but they were exactly like the ones at the top of this homepage, could you please tell me there name ?

    • 10

      morrie2 said,

      Hi Bob

      I would not attempt an ID on the basis of what you have said and to be honest I have not tried to identify the ones on the top of the page.

      The main focus of this blog is edible fungi. In my part of the world, anything growing in that sort of situation is likely to be poisonous or even deadly. They just made a pretty display and I had the photo available when I was putting the site together.

      Sorry,

      Morrie

  6. 11

    tara said,

    Hi
    Thanks for your blog! I’ve been living in the country in France and Finland and have been picking loads of mushrooms. I’m visiting Australia for a few months soon and I’m trying to find mushroom picking groups or information in SE Queensland. Would you have any ideas for which species would be so far north? cheers Tara

  7. 15

    Glenda said,

    Hi Morrie
    Great Site. I am in Bridgetown and have often thought it would it would be great to know which mushrooms are safe and which aren’t. Your site will really help. Thank you so much for providing such great info.
    Glenda

    • 16

      morrie2 said,

      Hi Glenda,

      Thanks for your kind words. I passed through Bridgetown today on my way home after a month in France, where I tasted many mushroom dishes and attended several mushroom festivals amongst other things.

      I have just had a quick scan through your blog and it looks interesting. I will explore it further. Right now it is the middle of the night. My body clock is out of whack!

      It’s nice to hear from a ‘neighbour’ 🙂

      Cheers,

      Morrie

  8. 17

    Bella said,

    Hi, just came across your blog.
    I also run a blog called FinSki’s and we are mushroom pickers. Can you please contact me as we came across a mushroom that looks very much like a slippery jack and wouldn’t mind your opinion. We have photos of the mushroom.

    • 18

      morrie2 said,

      Hi Bella,

      It is nice to hear from another mushroom hunter🙂

      After reading your blog, I see that you are regulars at Oberon. That would mean that you are familiar with the Slippery Jack and should recognise it easily. So my first thought is that if you don’t recognise it, it isn’t a Slippery Jack and so should not be eaten. There are however quite a few species in the genus Suillus that are all known as Slippery Jacks, so it might be something other than the familiar S. luteus and S. granulatus. I will contact you as you have requested, but as a rule I would not offer an identification on the basis of a photograph.

      Cheers,

      Morrie

  9. 20

    jsunlau said,

    Hi Morrie, you have inspired me to start blogging, here’s a link to some of the mushrooms I’ve encountered, have posted some pics of Stropharia rugosoannulata.
    Jason
    http://mushroaming.wordpress.com/2013/12/12/img_0146-jpg/

  10. 22

    Nola Cigulev said,

    Hi Morrie. We found some dome shaped mushrooms that smelt like field mushrooms. They have grey or black gills and the long thin stalk snaps cleanly away from the white cap. I’m keen to identify them to check their edibility. How can I send a photo?
    Nola

    • 23

      morrie2 said,

      Hi Nola,

      You can post a link if you put the photos on Photobucket or similar hosting site.

      These do not sound like they are edible.

      Can you please post them under the Identification guide.

      Cheers

      Morris

  11. 24

    Jeremy Johnson said,

    Hey Morrie,

    Hope you are well ?

    we had a conversation a few months ago and then I lost contact.
    Please, could you let me know the price for the foraged mushroom as I would like to get some on a regular basis.

    I would like to hear from you please.

    Thanks very much

    Jeremy

  12. 25

    Angie Bussell said,

    Hey Morrie, Im also in the south west and have been cultivating at home for about 6 months, Im obsessed!! I also live on the edge of a beautiful national park and am discovering shrooms all the time. I would love to learn more about what is ok to eat and what isn’t.. I found some slippery jacks the other day and took a cutting but it Im unsure if it is contamed yet or not… Am looking forward to more info:))

    • 26

      morrie2 said,

      Hi Angie,

      It is always good to meet another enthusiast.

      I am interested to know what you have been cultivating.

      Given the prevalence of slippery jacks in the pine forests of the area, I don’t think that there is much point devoting energy to them but I would be interested to know if you managed to get it to form a culture.

      I am always happy to help with identification and information if I can and am happy to go foraging if I have the time.

      Cheers,

      Morrie

  13. 27

    Angie Bussell said,

    Im working on oysters, king oysters, enoki and shiitaki and have just received a few interesting medicinal culture to work with. One of my slippery jack cultures looks like it might be working.. but it also has a contam in the dish.. I need to remove it.It was just for fun, to see how it went.
    How would be the best way to get in contact if we were to come over to pemby for a forage?

  14. 28

    brad said,

    Great blog. Is there a foragers group /contact you know of Perth way?

    • 29

      morrie2 said,

      Hi Brad,
      Sorry but I am not aware of any foraging group in Perth. I have been asked so many times that I might do a course next year. If so, I will let you know.
      Cheers
      Morrie


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