Back in June I took part in the #30dayswild challenge by stitching an inch square everyday to represent the nature in my local area:
I actually finished and framed this back in September and it is now hanging in my dining room acting as a lovely reminder of the summer, which is extremely welcome as we head into the darkest days of winter!
Here’s a close up of the first 12 days:
And the next 18 days::
I do have individual posts queued up for each of the squares so I will post these at some point as well.
I really enjoyed the #30dayswild challenge, it made me more appreciative of the nature that is on my doorstep and it was a great way to introduce my little one to the natural world around her. We’ll definitely take part again next year and I’m planning to do some Random Acts of Wildness through the winter season which has its own delights to explore. I’m also thinking of doing an embroidery for each season so we’ll see how that idea develops.
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.
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!
Hooray its the weekend! We headed over to the big field behind the house to walk the dog, we picked up a pine tree branch and elder branch to wave in the wind on the way.
Child and dog let loose on the field!
The grass is just left to grow here and at the moment it’s filled with buttercups and cow parsley. If its possible to zoom into this photo you’ll see about 30 starlings performing a mini murmuration!
I love the open sky at the field, there are lots of swallows/swifts/housemartins (they move too quickly for me to identify!) so we spend some time watching their aerial acrobatics. We also spotted one of my favourite birds – an oystercatcher – flying over us. They’ve got such a recognisable cry and it makes me feel like a proper birdwatcher when I know that one is in the vicinity!
Today’s embroidery is a sketch of the field:
Not a very lengthy post today as I spent most of my day working in this building which I affectionately describe as ‘the metal box’. The lack of windows makes it an especially difficult place to work in the winter months when its possible to go the whole day without seeing any daylight. Working here during this time reinforces my need to be outdoors as much as possible to maintain my mental health!
Today’s embroidery is based on the metal box and the couple of flowers (still to be properly identified!) pushing through the tarmac spotted while waiting on the bus.
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:
Today we went to visit Nanna Gibb who’s garden is pretty inhospitable to any form of wildlife. Shes in her 80’s now and over the years the garden has been slabbed,paved and chipped and the plants dug up so it was a beautiful sight to look out the kitchen window to see these fox gloves flourishing. A lot of weeds we’re making their way up through the chips and in the gaps of the slabs. I wonder how long it would take for the garden to be green again if we just left it to grow?
A number of bees were buzzing around the flowers and looking closer we saw this ladybird hidden in the leaves.
Niamh with her new rabbit pal found at the end of the garden.
Today’s embroidery is inspired by the foxgloves:
I had the song ‘Weeds’ by Pulp in my head for the rest of the day, I think I might have to put together a Nature inspired playlist as one of my activities!