The Toadstool

by farrah on October 9, 2013 · 14 comments

I wasn’t going to post anything today, but I really want to jot down the fact that yesterday we saw this little guy on the way to school…

Since moving here, I quickly learned that this red and white mushroom (in cartoon form) can be found just about anywhere there are things for kids. Let me clarify: it’s sort of like a symbol of childhood, this ‘toadstool’ mushroom dude. He’s adorable and I would really like to know the whole story behind him here in the Netherlands. He’s on The Efteling’s website (this is a crazy looking Disney-esque theme park nearby that is fairy/gnome/dragon/toadstool filled) and we have yet to go.

With the scientific name ‘Amanita Muscaria’ it is also known as the Fly Agaric. Over here in Europe (and the UK I believe) this mushroom is littered in nursery rhymes and seen in cute little gnome stories for kids.

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I saw these yesterday with a few others sprinkled around for good measure. Is it the season? What do people do with them? Do they have these where you are?

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 When I Blink October 9, 2013 at 11:37 am

OMG, it’s straight out of Alice In Wonderland. That little thing is adorable!

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2 farrah October 9, 2013 at 1:41 pm

I know it! Too bad I’m done having babies because…nursery theme!

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3 Ellen October 9, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Hello, I found your blog a while ago and I love reading your stories! Now I have an answer for you (I think) so I finally leave a comment. This mushroom is in a all-known children song :”Op een grote paddestoel rood met witte stippen…” I try and translate it for you: On a big mushroom, red with white dots, was gnome”Longlegs” (?!), rocking back and forward, “krak” said then the mushroom, with a big sigh, Hopla gnome “Longlegs” with his legs in the air. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RbIH5D2DGQ Your children maybe know the song already!

groeten, Ellen

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4 farrah October 9, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Thank you Ellen!!! I don’t know how this hasn’t made it over the pond- it’s a very cute, non-cartooney person, animal, etc. I love it and I’m going to ask the boys- they were also super excited when we saw them, and then went by them again today ๐Ÿ™‚

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5 Ellen October 9, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Oh and gnomes live in these kind of mushrooms! But everybody knows that I guess…(or is that something Dutch?)

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6 farrah October 9, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Honestly, I do not know- I didn’t know that gnomes lived in trees either- so you are providing me with useful information ๐Ÿ™‚ My boys are going to love that I know this now!

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7 Ellen October 9, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Near Uden (also in Noord-Brabant) is natuurcentrum De Maashorst where you can make a walk along “het kabouterpad”. Very nice thing to do on a dry day in the herfstvakantie! http://www.natuurcentrumdemaashorst.nl/natuurcentrum. And thera are other nature things to do and to play with aswell

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8 Leighann October 9, 2013 at 2:10 pm

I’ve never seen anything like this and I love it! Adorable.

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9 farrah October 10, 2013 at 5:45 am

They’re pretty fun!

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10 Karla October 9, 2013 at 6:52 pm

I had never given much thought as to where gnomes live but now I know! Farrah, if I ever start having babies maybe I’ll do a mushroom/gnome themed nursery and I’ll send you photos since you are finished with nurseries! However, do you think it would be wrong of me to not do a pony themed nursery when I live in a barn with ponies? Perhaps that would be too much pony. Can you really have too much pony as a child?

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11 farrah October 10, 2013 at 5:46 am

YES Karla! Please do! And no, you can never have too much pony. Just don’t let the pony eat the mushrooms as they are poisonous!

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12 Mrs. Chasing the Donkey October 9, 2013 at 7:32 pm

I really have no idea if these are safe to eat – does not look like it.
And canI be honest and say I had NO IDEA that these types of shrooms were even real. I thought it was a Disney thing. Now I know better ๐Ÿ™‚

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13 farrah October 10, 2013 at 5:47 am

THEY ARE NOT. I did some research and sure enough, they’re poisonous. So don’t get any crazy ideas to come up here, take them back to Croatia and cook up something fancy.

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14 Mrs. Chasing the Donkey October 12, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Phew! Thanks for the warning. I recall being told once that the prettier they are the more poisonous. So it looks like I’ll be just cooking with the ugly ones. You can keep these to admire.

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