Out by my Swedish Cabin is a house for the trolls. I put this house there so the trolls would have a place to live and wouldn’t be tempted to move into the cabin and cause mischief. This has actually worked quite well. As you can see, the Troll House even has a tall, pointy roof because, as everyone knows, trolls do not have any manners whatsoever and don’t remove their hats when they go indoors. This photo was taken when we first put the Troll House in the woods. We had cut down a dead tree and put the Troll House on the stump.
Now, I don’t really think of trolls as being farmers, but I do think our trolls are cultivating mushrooms. Is there a season for mushrooms? Perhaps here in the damp coastal climate of the northwest, mushroom season is all year long. These two photos were taken by my friend Sarah on the path to the cabin when she was here in June.
In August, when McKenna and Justin were here visiting, I discovered these mushrooms growing on the trolls’ log!
And this week, a whole section of the path was sprouting with these! I thought they were two different kinds of mushrooms (see the dark ones at the top and left of the photo), but they’re all the same variety (whatever it may be), they’re just in different stages of maturity.
As they grow older, they open up and flatten out. How cool is that!
I left my camera on a log while I ran in the house for something. When I came back, it was in a different place. I thought my mind was playing tricks on me! When I uploaded the photos, this one was on there! I think one of the trolls took it! The cabin from a troll’s perspective!
But as far as the troll/mushroom connection–today was the clincher. I was out near the cabin, and what did my eyes behold? The stump under the Troll House has sprouted scores of mushrooms!
I may have to sleep in the cabin tonight to see if I can catch a glimpse of the trolls harvesting by the moonlight!