To introduce a new country, I'm now from Bargara (beach) in the 'Sunshine State' of Australia & I regularly see big grasshoppers (kangaroos) without having to eat any random mushrooms. In fact we have to move them out of the way when playing golf, walking around my son's yard and avoid them when driving.
After enjoying a few BR episode re-runs on TV a few months ago with a pre-dinner settling glass or 2 during our Covid lockdown, I bravely announced that 'I reckon I could do that'; and an now enjoying developing in this new challenge in my retirement years.
Whilst waiting for initial BR Master Set, & subsequently brushes & extra paint, brush cleaner & beater etc from the US, I have set up a bit of a studio in our garage utilising an old ladder & back of a trailer, painted the 'Mountain Summit' in the Master Set, doing some specific technique practice on canvas tear-out pages & making use of your contributions to improve my techniques and processes.
This is truely a terrifically helpful site for this learner painter and your articles, forum, all the BR episodes etc and your help for this learner is so very much appreciated, and you are to be congratulated on it.