June 15th #day15 #30dayswild ‘Scotch Broom’

On my way home from work I pass the Writers Museum in Edinburgh,there are quotes from a variety of Scottish writers and this one caught my eye today.

My plant species of the day is Scotch Broom which grows in abundance along the ‘new road’ that I cycle along. I stopped to get some photos and to pick up a branch of it that had been knocked off when I saw these fellows stuck to the branches:

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I used one of the seed pods in my embroidery today, I read that the pods ‘pop’ when they release their seeds so I’m listening out for this as I keep my embroidery at the side of the bed!

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June 14th #day14 #30dayswild ‘Orchard Wood’

We came to Orchard Wood in Rosyth for our walk today. This is a lovely spot just on the edge of Rosyth sandwiched between two main roads.About 2 minutes after this photo was taken I spotted a deer in the trees! It must have been watching us for a bit,no sooner had I made eye contact with it and gasped ‘niamh there’s a deer!’ It was off into the bushes. No photo I’m afraid but a moment that I’ll remember of my #30dayswild time.

Niamh with her gathering bag!

I realised that I’ve put loads of photos of niamh and the dog up and none of myself so here we are under a canopy of trees.

We found a pile of broken snail shells on the ground next to this rock, so I must investigate what bird prepares its food this way!

Loved the dappled light coming through the leaves

I thought this bark looked like braille, Ive got it in mind to do some more embroidery based on the woods so I’ll return to this tree.

Ive been reading about natural dyes so I started with something simple – red onion skin. I followed the instructions provided by http://www.folkfibers.com/blogs/news/6579481-natural-dyes-red-onion-skins Here’s the results,I like how each fabric has gone a different shade. I wasn’t impressed with the white thread but the rather grotty green yarn that I have a massive skein of (a random charity shop purchase) is now a rich brown.

Today’s embroidery uses 2 pieces of my dyeing experiments. It looks very sombre compared to the other bright squares but the day was filled with news of the horrific tower block fire in London so it reflects the mood of the day.

June 12th #day12 #30dayswild ‘white campion’

Another roadside find on the way home from work. This flower caught my eye a couple of days back so I slowed my pace, scouring the bushes for a glimpse of white petal that wasn’t elder flower or what I think is cow parsley.

Looking at the photo of the white champion again I need to add a touch of green to the centre of the stamen on my square of the day:

I’m also very excited to have completed another row! 

June 8th #day8 #30dayswild ‘wavy hair grass’

It was election day in the UK today so I thought today’s #30dayswild theme should acknowledge this but I wasn’t sure how.I passed this sticker attached to a phonebox in Edinburgh which got me thinking how environmental issues did not appear in any of the main party manifestos (not that I’m aware of anyway,maybe I just switched off in the end!) I had a quick look at’Frack  Off’ online and its an issue i will be looking into more closely as this type of fuel extraction is proposed for areas bang on my doorstep. 

I took a moment on the way home to stop and get a photo of these beautiful poppies. They will forever be representative of the war dead which is sadly still the case.

I hadn’t seen purple poppies before and I didn’t know until today that purple poppies are used to remember animals that lost their lives in war.

My embroidery today is election based, it features a large green cross made from a stalk of wavy haired grass from my garden. The crosses are the colours of the political parties that appeared on my ballot paper.

June 7th #day7 #30dayswild ‘waterlily’

The clouds cleared by this morning so after a trip to the library we headed for the magnificent Pittencrieff Park or The Glen as it’s known to the locals. I love this park and could easily base the whole of my #30dayswild here and still have days to spare. I used to live a 5min walk away so for 10 years I was down here pretty much every day walking the dog. I’m here with Niamh at least once every couple of weeks and weather permitting we sit at ‘our bench’ in the Italian Garden and have a picnic.

From here we have a view of the ornamental pond and it’s a great spot for bird and people watching.

On the 29th December 2016 we were treated to the unexpected sight of a heron who stood for ages studying the water for signs of fish

Plenty of plant life growing in the pond today, the water lillies are appearing and I’m looking forward to seeing more appearing in the coming weeks, we even spotted a few fish in the murky water. They’re in there somewhere!

I know they are classed as vermin by many but we fed some of the resident grey squirrels with suet pellets I’d got for the birds at home. Here’s Niamh playing hide and seek with one of them!

We also collected some more goodies for the nature box:

Today’s embroidery is based on the lily pads, the base colour of the pads was achieved by rubbing a clump of cut grass onto the fabric then I added a layer of colour with pastel pencils: 

June 6th #day6 #30dayswild ‘Rain’

Today was all about the rain. It was pretty much non stop from Monday evening through to Tuesday night. It was reported that a weeks worth of rain fell in a single day which would explain this new addition of a water feature on Princes St in Edinburgh!

I got soaked on the bike on the way home, the upside was that I pedalled a lot faster and I love the sound of my tyres swishing along the wet tarmac. Another bonus was getting to cycle through a massive puddle! 

The closest we came to a wild activity was reading the aptly titled ‘Splosh’ for a bedtime story.

On the bus home and while I was doing stitching, I listened to the Radio 3 programme ‘Words and Music’ on the theme of clouds. I found it on the iplayer and it’s well worth a listen:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006x35f

I’m more of a 6music kind of person so it was good to open my ears to a different genre of music, I thought this was very much in the spirit of #30dayswild – opening ourselves up to new experiences! I’ll leave you with one of my favourite passages featured in the programme from ‘The Cloud Appreciation Society’. 

Look up, marvel at the ephemeral beauty, and live life with [our] head in the clouds.

Many thanks for all the likes and follows on my #30dayswild posts and I hope to share more of the beauty of Fife with you in the coming weeks.

June 5th #day5 #30dayswild ‘New Growth’

Part of my daily commute is a short cycle from Rosyth to Ferrytoll Park and Ride where I catch the bus into Edinburgh. I’ve been doing this journey for around 18 months now so I’ve seen the new bridge rise up and across the river. Its an impressive structure but the resulting roadworks and infrastructure upgrade has seen a lot of the established bushes, trees and hedgerows torn up to make way for new roads.

Its been quite hard to watch this happen especially as this is where I spotted my one and only Bullfinch but steps are being taken to reintroduce trees to the area.

These tube wrapped trees are appearing everywhere along the roads approaching the bridge on both sides of the Forth, I can’t help thinking that they’re all planted pretty close to each other

There’s Oak, Pine and thistles encased in these tubes, I can’t wait to see them breaking free from the plastic cases! 

Today’s embroidery is inspired by these young saplings: