I previously wrote about my burgeoning list of "simple life" things to do before you die. So far I have got up to two items:
-Catching crabs (the sealife versions) with your child/children
-Flying a kite
I now add to that list something we did on Sunday. We went for a light lunch and a couple of pints of excellent beer at the Pot Kiln, Frilsham. As you can see from the photo above, it's a wonderfully unspoilt old pub in the middle of the countryside with its own large brewery - West Berkshire Brewery. Then we had a wonderful walk through the forest in the unseasonably warm autumn sunlight. What made the walk superb was the profusion of sweet chestnuts, mushrooms, toadstools and puffballs which we came across during the walk. In particular, we saw loads of spectacularly large and bright red and white spotted ones, like the one in the photo below.
We collected two pocketfuls of sweet chestnuts (not often you find ones which are not horse chestnuts). Last night I cooked them and we enjoyed a mini-feast. Mind you, you have to be patient when you eat them!
So, eating baked chestnuts which you gathered, now joins my list of "simple life" things to do before you die.