We had an unusually wet summer this year, so the mushrooms are plentiful. I generally find mushrooms in the yard kinda disgusting, but when I saw these brightly-coloured little fellas, I couldn't help but think they belonged in a storybook with a family of trolls living under them.The caps are actually quite red, so they look almost cartoonish. They're called "flugsvamp" in Swedish. When I looked in the dictionary, one of the English translations was death cap. My kids tell me they're poisonous. Such a shame . . . the cutest mushrooms I've ever seen . . .
The outskirts of St. Pete
Saint Petersburg: Sankt-Peterburg, Russian pronunciation: is a city and a federal subject of Russia located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. The city's other names were Petrograd (1914–1924) and Leningrad (1924–1991). Founded by Tsar Peter I of Russia on 27 May, 1703, it was the capital of the Russian Empire for more than two hundred years (1713–1728, 1732–1918). Saint Petersburg is home to more than two hundred museums, many of them hosted in historic buildings. The largest of the museums is the Hermitage Museum, featuring interiors of the former imperial residence and a vast collection of art. Celebrating the 300th anniversary of its foundation, Saint Petersburg was selected as the main motif in a recent Finnish commemorative coin, the €10 Mannerheim and Saint Petersburg commemorative coin, minted in 2003. The reverse of the coin features a view of Saint Petersburg, with the Peter and Paul Fortress and its three turrets. In the coin the words "St. Petersburg 1703-2003" can be seen.