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: 

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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:

June 4th #day4 #30dayswild ‘Foxglove’

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! 

June 3rd #day3 #30dayswild ‘Narrow leaved everlasting pea’

Today’s walk/run took us out towards the ‘new bridge’ or the Queensferry Crossing’ to give its official name. We’re on week 6 of the ‘Couch to 5k’ programme so this is our view at the half way point.

On the wind down walk home we pass Orchard Wood in Rosyth, the wee one gets out of the buggy here and likes picking up sticks to bring home to the dog.

These beautiful flowers caught my eye today,I love the vibrant shades of pink and purple against the fresh green leaves and I’m a sucker for a curling tendril!

I thought this was a sweet pea so I checked it out when I got home and found that it has the rather Wonkaesque name of ‘narrow leaved everlasting pea’ and although it does look good enough to eat, it is slightly poisonous so we will continue to enjoy the plant by sight alone!

Niamhs find of the day was this beauty of a pinecone.

Today’s stitched square is inspired by the narrow leaved everlasting pea:

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:

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: