never before hunted truffle in July always October

I always started in October ; when the perfume was at a peak and the uncinatum appeared ; the possibility began to of finding such a needle in the haystack of a landscape never knowingly hunted in the last 100 years.

Now all is changing under our foot.

Never before a truffle survey in July ; the late middle and its not just climate change its mixture of ingredients

- truffle orchards planted 13 years ago and longer now producing

-seperation of the winter uncinatum and the summer truffle

- the establishment of native hunting grounds

- being more confident working the dogs at a time of year when the ticks can be out in large numbers and hungry

I always began in October ; untill last year when I started in September and this year 2019 my first survey or hunt in July ever before. Not that I am surprised we have truffle in July . I have walked into them by accident  twice in a city park on the edge of a golf course 

The main reason for a jury hunt is a short visit too Italy and an orchard planted in Ravenna on the great clay and limestone alluvial flood plains ; 

The Italians have long since hunted the summer truffle in may. This season a poor harvest due to the dry start and then wet may.

The orchard was 15 years old roughly all oak and tight soil potententially compact alluviaL clay; as soon as the harvest complete in late June July they are cultivating the soil ready fro the next season right up to the trees.


- they are not expecting a winter truffle just early summer truffle

- without cultivation soil naturally compact producing small fruit

A large country diverse landscape allowing the separation of the aestivium and uncinatum

- any cultivation of ground for the uncinatum seems to be highly damaging to the mycelium


Ticks are a problem and keep me out of the native woods untill later on in the season but as we start to locate are hunting grounds these sites become more accessible  as they are understood and maintained


- also we now have a marked for England ’s truffle provincially grown and harvested 

Whats magical ; we know the summer  aestivum for an Italian is a Ford Fiesta to their Ferraie a magnum pico; so why are they hunting in may well its their passion for the hunt not the truffle and thats probably the hidden secrete for everyone “the hunt and the hunted "


the birds of time

their eyes walk into us they burn us out of where we always lived and followed ; we won't remember the old ways we had which we thought where news ways ; the time has to be there and things have to fall down to even allow these great birds to be able fly in our Skys; they will come by night and we will sleep as they stare into eyes

No hunting horn can prickle their tightly feathered neck; their ears stay tight to other than moon ; they bring with them another world and here they come. You don't want to hear them as it will drive you mad as its worlds below like cake to us ; we just need a whisker from their wing beat thats all the love you ask for. 



as the moon breaks and the sun roll's all the way down to the beach ; thousands of men come ashore not in boats but knee Deep in water shortly to follow the children and then wailing out to sea the woman Sing but never come ashore .

then out of the sea come the trees still no women then the river arrives and with the river so do  the woman arrive.


Why the World lives

I have never felt so confident ; its bit like we are trying to light a fire and I know its going to burn.

Essentially we are going to make it  and survive as a mortal on planet earth; everything is in place  for us to learn new tricks. never will we stare so hard at trees and respect the soil; their sky beneath the earth crust. In one day it was held in Pagan Monmouthshire now jumped from church to our hands. The cry has gone out in the wood's  Every King and Queens have rallied horses to the the cause which is ours and the badgers our feet in their soul our mouths blustered with sorrow . These days have waited when Egyptian Kings went form death to London sitting rooms they now every night in the pathways of night keepers are reborn to a cheetah and panther world of tree tops and craggy mountain


elderflower tree Thorns Farm
elderflower sticks for planting
it's not spring but the grass has grown