June 2nd #day 2 #30dayswild Kinghorn Beach

Living in the Kingdom of Fife we’re lucky to have easy access to some beautiful beaches. Despite this, I’m ashamed to say that this was my girl’s  first visit to what I would class as a ‘proper’ beach

We started the day in cloudy Kinghorn:

Once she got used to the feeling of the sand on her feet, the wee one loved running about and paddling in the stream that ran from an outlet pipe

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She was happy to sit with her aunty Ella just scooping up handfuls of sand. Ella is taking GCSE Geography next year so she was telling us about oxbow lakes, meanders and coastal erosion!

what’s a trip to the beach without burying your feet in the sand! We also  found this crab shell (I didn’t take enough photos to find the name of this species!)

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We did a bit of beach conservation work picking up an o!d lighter,plastic tubing,a drink carton and a lightfitting (!) from the shoreline.

Time for some beachcombing,my Dad calls our finds ‘Neptune’s Jewellery’ and we come home with a bountiful collection of shells and pebbles to put in the nature box:


Today’s square is inspired by the photo of the strandline and features an auger shell (Turritella communis) we collected:

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June 1st #day1 #30dayswild ‘Magpie Moth’

I was watching the BBC breakfast news this morning and the cheery Carol Kirkwood was talking about the launch of #30dayswild, an initiative organised by the Wildlife Trust to promote the natural beauty that surrounds us that goes unnoticed. The idea of making time in the day to appreciate the natural world really appealed to me so I went online and ordered the #30dayswild pack and checked out the Wildlife Trust website for some ideas. I’ve also downloaded the app that contains ‘Random Act of Wildness’ prompts, I like the fact that these are as simple as drawing a wildlife map to going sea kayaking (think that’s a bit much for us!)so I’m really looking forward to the month ahead.

My aim for taking up this challenge and creating this blog is to document what me and my 20 month old daughter discover over the coming month. .           we started the challenge by stocking up the bird feeders for the hungry starlings and sparrows that visit our garden,they are costing me a fortune in bird food at the moment! 

Later, when I was doing the dishes, I noticed this handsome butterfly/ moth on my window frame. A quick google search later and I learn that it is a Magpie Moth. I love the bright patches of orangy yellow on the wings.

Looking more closely at the pattern on the wings I had the idea of creating an artwork as part of the #30dayswild challenge. My aim is to do an ‘inchie’ of embroidery every day based on something I have seen, I thought this would be a great way to get my stitching mojo back as I’ve been struggling to motivate myself of late!

Here’s square 1 -detail of a Magpie Moth: