1. Hi Melissa,
    Many thanks for sharing your expert knowledge and skills of truffling with Ghyllie and I. The truffle hound training session we did at your home was powerful, fun, relaxed and focused. You and your son, also made us feel welcomed into your home and its important to establish trust.

    The activities and games you set up for us have given impressive results so that we’re already out there searching for wild truffles at home. Looking forward to many hours of happy hunting this winter.

    A shame I didn’t have time this trip to take our training experience a step further going to the woods under your guidance. But…luckily for me Ghyllie is already pointing out the truffles with his paw, so now I have only to fetch a trowel and see if what he is telling me is TRUFFLE.

    Happy Hunting

  2. Hi Melissa,

    What a fantastic day! Had so much fun, Bowski obviously enjoyed himself, he was snoring like a pig in the car on the way back. We are going out this weekend to do some more training and try our luck!

    I have passed your blog on to my mate Matt at The Ethicurean after raving about you. I hope you’ll be able to do something together!


    I’ll let you know how we get on,


  3.  Thank you for a wonderful day truffle-hunting in East Sussex. Never thought we’d find any but we did and it was fascinating watching Zebedee at work.

    I also enjoyed learning about the ecology of the wood and spotting many different types of mushroom.

    Neil Thomas on December 2, 2012 at 9:00 pm said:

    I went on Truffle Foray today with Melissa and Zebedee. It was a crisp and cold day in West Sussex but the excitement of the hunt kept the party warm!It was an eventful morning with sightings of lots of potential truffle homes, but alas they were all bereft of the fantastical fruit. Zebedee kept up the pace and we were rewarded at the end of the day with 4 truffles! – Thank you Melissa and Zebedee whose keen noses smelt out the truffles. I’m about to have mine on my wild mushroom risotto now along with the hedgehog mushrooms we foraged – yummy. Great fun, fabulous countryside and a rewarding adventure with lots learned about the illusive truffle. I would recommend a guided foray anytime with Melissa and Zebedee. Good luck with the next one.


    Neil Thomas

  4. Bill Rendallon December 12, 2012 at 10:11 pm said,                       And I was part of  the party. Nothing really that I can add to Neil’s comments except that I had my truffle on an omelette and very good it was too. Perhaps the truffle was elusive; it certainly wasn’t illusory.Bill.
There's the little fella! Had a great day foraging for truffles - thank you Melissa.
Theres the little fella! Had a great day foraging for truffles - thank you melissa.

 Iona Fraserposted totruffleandmushroomhunter                                                          Thank you so much Melissa for organising another wonderfully interesting bioblitz day with so many lovely people.                                                                               16 November 2012 at 22:11

Kim Farr - truffleandmushroomhunterThank you for a wonderful day, I had so much fun and think I might have the fungi bug !!! Just gutted that Nat and Charlie didnt come as I know they would of loved it too !!                                                                  17 November 2012

Very cold and wet afternoon but was amazed at howmany we found. Thank you and your team for your time and expertise
 28 October 2012 at 10:06

Sally Houghton - truffleandmushroomhunter                                                             Dear Melissa,just to thank you for last Saturday, even though there were no truffles to be found! Maybe next year we will join you on a mushroom foray then we should have better luck.                                                                                                         The weather last Saturday just wasnt in our favour but never mind it was still a good day,                                                                                                                    Thanks again Sally and Ian Houghton

Pat - truffleandmushroomhunter

Hi MelissaI just wanted to say thank you for such a brilliant new experience even though the weather was cold and wet. I have walked over the Southwick downs for over 15 years and never realised that such a variety of fungi existed up there when you look closely enough. I have never heard of the puff ball mushroom and it was amazing to see it especially in comparison to the tiny fungi. Thank you for sharing your expertise and making the day so interesting.Love to do this again

Many thanks Pat

Bryan and Honour Hayes - truffleandmushroomhunter
Dear Melissa,
Just wanted to say thank you so much for the walk today. Bryan and I found it hugely interesting, certainly very informative and well organised. Thank you so much.
Do please let us know if there are other walks.
Sorry not to say goodbye but both got very wet and cold! Next time will dress more appropriately!
With kind regards,
Bryan and Honor Hayes
A Lovely message from one of my clients to myself and Iona Fraser:Lovely ladies
Thank you so much for a truly mind altering experience, you have opened a door into nature that will help my clients my children's clients and spread the word for generations to come. I think turkey tail is amazing and want to start giving it to two of my clients, one with breast cancer the other with lymes.To reclaim the lost knowledge by working with gifted practitioners is an honour and i thank you.
I cant believe how much we found and would like to do the walk all over again.let me know if there are any space on the other bioblitz forays i would love to help .
all the best

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