"What's the good news then Les?" I asked slightly bewildered.
"Well..." Les began, sporting that huge grin that I've come to know precedes something momentous, "You've got a great fire burning"
"But, it's in the wrong quarry!"
How did we do that? As I write this I can hear the other members of the advance party; Liz, Nigel and Graham saying in unison; "Hang on - what's with the 'WE'? You led us there!"
OK. OK. I accept full responsibility. I don't know how it happened, there was no doubt in my mind that it was the site of last year's bonfire in Quarry 3. However, the scrub clearance was taking place in Quarry 2. Did it matter? Well... as Pete explained this area was also in the programme for scrub-clearance but not for today. We just switched things around.
Whilst I get set for an attempt at pole-vaulting over the flames and Alistair prepares for the annual WuFuV Fire-Dance Ritual designed to ensure that the gods bless us with a winter of safe and successful fires without destroying too much woodland...
Well... all that is, except Cameron who tries to follow Alistair with the dance-ritual but what's this? Oh no! He's facing away from the fire! That'll never work!
The Coalbrookdale Cage-Fighting Team? You have been warned. I'll say no more!
Anyway, it was this little beauty:-
It turns out to be Peltigera hymenina - credits go to Penny, Les and Wild About Britain for due diligence in ID'ing. Wild About Britain by the way, is a really great website with accompanying forum for posting pics and obtaining ID's.
And then it was time for spuds.
And then it was time to pack up and head home. Doesn't time fly when you're enjoying stuff?
See you all soon!