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the abun­dance of wild berries to be found. It’s like com­ing upon trees and trees of rambu­tan, and it’s free for all!

Pick­ing wild mush­rooms is an im­por­tant part of the French au­tumn cal­en­dar, which brings great ex­cite­ment. Fam­i­lies plan ex­pe­di­tions to wood­lands (for­get about Euro Dis­ney) and even take time off in earnest pur­suit of this edi­ble fungi.

We missed out this au­tumn, but I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to do­ing it with the chil­dren next time around. The mush­room sea­son is rel­a­tively short, and is taken very se­ri­ously.

Ev­ery­one has his own the­ory on how to find mush­rooms, but will be re­luc­tant to share this in­for­ma­tion with you. They are just as se­cre­tive about where they find their mush­rooms. Be­ing to­tal novices to mush­room-find­ing (but not mush­room-eat­ing), the girls and I will need to ed­u­cate our­selves on the dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties and those that are good to eat. We al­ready have a lit­tle guide­book on that. We can also take them into a phar­macy and be ad­vised on their ed­i­bil­ity.

Gath­er­ing ap­ples and nuts is also very much an au­tumn ac­tiv­ity. We spent a Sun­day af­ter­noon at some friends’ place re­cently and came away with bags of ap­ples and wal­nuts we col­lected in their gar­den. My two de­moi­selles are as dif­fer­ent as night and day – so one was quite happy to We want to hear about your dif­fer­ent fam­ily ex­pe­ri­ences, wher­ever you are – be it in Kuala Lumpur or Syd­ney or abu dhabi. Par­ent­post is the new col­umn for you to share how you are bring­ing up your chil­dren in dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ments and cul­tures, as well as the in­sights you have gained. Please e-mail us your sto­ries (800-1,000 words) with photographs in high res­o­lu­tion to star2@ thes­ ar­ti­cles will be edited for clar­ity and to ac­com­mo­date space con­straints. have her fin­gers soiled gath­er­ing wal­nuts while the other de­cided a game of chess in front of an open fire was more her thing.

Au­tumn feels slow, soft and drowsy. It’s the time to roast chest­nuts or toast marsh­mal­lows. A time when the sun­set blends in with the red­den­ing land­scape. A time to jump into piles of raked leaves. A time to make a bon­fire. It al­most makes me want to cosy down on my couch and re-read Keats’ Ode To Au­tumn: “Sea­son of mists and yel­low fruit­ful­ness, Close-bo­som friend of the ma­tur­ing sun ...”

Af­ter all, I have time. It’s not yet win­ter and yes, we are warm enough, for now ...

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