Sunday, 16 August 2009

Puffballs and the Scope again...

Two days ago, after missing a couple of rabbits and feeling thoroughly fed up with my skills using open sights, I found a puffball mushroom in the fields and carried it home. It's very odd and entertaining to cut one of these things up and include it in the makings of a meal - like cooking with expanded polystyrene:


The pasta dinner that it provided me with, however, was tasty and very welcome - the cooked puffball having a pleasant texture and a creamy, buttery flavour:

Today, I bolted the scope to the Weihrauch again, zeroed it with an ease that surprised me and - wincing at the extra weight on my still-painful, bike-fall-knackered wrist - from an impossibly uncomfortable half-crouching position behind a willow tree at the edge of an old damson grove, took my first rabbit for a month with a head-shot at fifteen yards.

I'm cooking it in accordance with the 'use what's in the cupboard' recipe so, today, that means with rice, the last of the puffball, cabbage, carrots and onion - plus thyme and rosemary from the windowbox. It's bubbling away on the stove behind me as I write.

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8 comments:

  1. good to see you're back mate!

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  2. Dripping Springs16 August 2009 23:36

    Glad to see you hadn't been stuffed in gaol for walking about with an air rifle :)

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  3. Nice to hear from you again Hubert! Are you healing well after your bike crash?

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  4. NorCal Cazadora.com17 August 2009 15:49

    Great to see you again, Hubert Hubert! You've inspired me - I've been a rabbit-hunting maniac over the past few weekends.

    Now I want me one of them puffballs...

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  5. NorCal Cazadora.com17 August 2009 15:49

    Great to see you again, Hubert Hubert! You've inspired me - I've been a rabbit-hunting maniac over the past few weekends.

    Now I want me one of them puffballs...

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  6. Hey Buddha, Tom, Guest and Norcal! Thanks for your comments as ever. No, Tom,  I haven't got nicked for flagrent and felonious possession of something which is not certifiably 100% "safe", i.e, the air rifle - but it's only a matter of time I figure before a curtain-twitcher sets the law on me. We'll see.

    And Norcal, I'm been reading all about your rabbit hunting exploits! A shotgun! Good grief! There'll be nothing left to eat! Get a sub-12ftlb air-rifle and do it UK-Style! (I've been trying to leave you congratulatory comments on your blog but my dodgy internet link is so awful that I can't get enought connection speed umph to get signed into sodding Blogger! I can't post to my own damn blog, let alone that of someone else! Annoying!) Don't Puffbals grow in the States? I thought they did?

    Well, there's nothing for dinner (well, besides vegetable matter) so I'm off to the fields in a minute...

    Cheerio for now,
    HH

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  7. The Suburban Bushwacker20 August 2009 17:42

    Hey good to hear you're on the mend fella, i missed you.
    Well done on the puffball front, I've never found one of the big 'easy to find' ones.
    SBW

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  8. Wing And A Whim21 August 2009 04:48

    Wow, a puffball! I know they're supposed to be big and obvious, but I've never run across one since I was a child. I'm glad to hear you're healing up, and hope it continues smoothly and quickly as it can.

    When shooting my .22, I'm torn between wanting to get something without having to adjust the scopes and missing being able to very sharply see the target - I think that I shall shortly go back to the scope as well!

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