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! 

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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: