'The first fall of snow is not only an event, it's a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?' J.B.Priestley, Apes and Angels
This fox was sunning itself outside my study window. It must have been well fed as it completely ignored the magpie. The magpie was not at all fazed by the fox and actually went closer before I shooshed the fox away. Urban foxes seem to be getting more and more brazen
After a bit of googling I think I have identified the fungi from Sheldon Wood.
I think it is Auricularia auricula-judae, known as the Jew's ear, jelly ear or by a number of other common names, is a species of edible Auriculariales fungus found worldwide. The fruiting body is distinguished by its noticeably ear-like shape and brown colouration; it grows on living and dead wood, mainly elder but also on beech and sycamore.
Its specific epithet is derived from the belief that Judas Iscariot hanged himself from an elder tree; the common name "Judas's ear" eventually became "Jew's ear", while today "jelly ear" or other names are sometimes used.
It is meant to be edible but I don't think I'd chance eating fungi that hadn't been identified by an expert.
Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.