Another thing to do outside is playing with a Fidget Spinner – the craze of 2017 that swept over the big pond into Europe. Originally developed for kids with ADHS it has become a fun toy for young and old alike.
And while it is not exactly walking in the countryside it can still be an activity that keeps you concentrate on something other that a screen. And let’s be honest, anything that keeps us away from smartphones and other electronic screens, even for a short while, must be desireable – spinning out in a good way.
If you really fancy going out and about why not try walking through the country with a purpose. And seeing that the walking through Britain from Land’s End to John O’Groats might be a bit overambitious, not to say overdone, you could follow in the footsteps of Hilda and Graham Heap who trailed along the Prime Meridian and wrote a book about it. Well, four books to be precise. The guides use ordnance survey maps for easy route finding and are full of information about the places you might visit and stay at along the way. Good access by public transport makes it convenient to do the walks in sections.
The Greenwich Meridian Trail (GMT Walk) is a long-distance walk along the line of the Prime Meridian.
The walk starts at the splendid monument to King George V at Peacehaven in East Sussex and ends, 273 miles later, on the coast at Sand le Mere in East Yorkshire. The walk is divided into four parts, each explained by a separate guidebook. You can find out more about Hilda and Graham and their books here: http://www.greenwichmeridiantrail.co.uk
Now that the morels should be mostly gone and before the chantarelles are raising their pretty orange heads, it is time for the St George’s Mushroom to be found. Fruitbodies appear in April around St George’s Day on the 23rd of April, hence its name.
Calocybe gambosa is the Latin name and calocybe means pretty head, which describes this white to cream coloured mushroom perfectly. You find it on meadows and the edge of woodlands. It often grows in large fairy rings. It is of rather solid, even build and smells strongly of flower or cucumber. Gills are white and crowded and the spore print is also white.
There are poisonous mushrooms that look similar and grow around the same time. So always ask an expert, or leave well alone, if you are not an experienced mushroom picker. Just stick to this rule: If I can’t identify a mushroom with 100% certainty, I do not eat it!