Saturday, 3 October 2015

Easter Craiglockart HIll

We had a lovely walk round Easter Craiglockart Hill today.

We also visited the nearby Craiglockart Pond 

where we met this young mute swan

Friday, 2 October 2015

October Butterflies and other delights of an Indian Summer

Another beautiful day today, our lovely early autumn is more than making up for our lack of good weather during the summer! I joined Crafty Green Boyfriend for his lunchtime walk round Corstorphine HIll today.

The trees are definitely taking on their autumn colours and looking beautiful against the brilliant blue sky

The rosebay willowherb (fireweed) has fully taken on autumn colours

We were delighted to see two butterflies, this peacock

and this red admiral

Also this Eristalis hoverfly

and this spider, whose web was glowing so nicely in the sunshine

We also had a great view of a sparrowhawk, but it was too much in a rush to stop to be photographed!

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Autumnal upcycled earrings

The large beads in these earrings come from broken earrings I found in one of the bargain bags of broken jewellery I buy from local 2nd hand shops. I love these big beads and wanted to keep them as earrings, but one of the earrings was entirely broken and the missing beads weren't in the bag so I redesigned them entirely using small beads from a different set of broken earrings.

As one of the big beads is obviously more worn than the other (and because I like them so much!) I'm keeping these for myself!

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Travelling Seeds by Rebecca Bielawski


Travelling Seeds is just one book from the Mummy Nature series of beautifully illustrated books that introduce children to nature.

This short book shows a child observing a pear on a tree, which then gets eaten by a cute brown-eyed cow who then wanders off leaving the seeds of the pear in its poo!

The story of how animals help to spread fruit seeds is told in rhyme to help the story become memorable with lots of questions thrown in to encourage the child to interact with the story.

It's a simple, delightfully engaging tale that introduces children to the idea of how animals can help spread fruit seeds.

Hopefully after reading this, children will be keen to look out for animals eating fruit in the wild!

Travelling Seeds by Rebecca Bielawski.  

Also see Rebecca's Amazon page.

Disclaimer: I received a free ebook to review.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Indian Summer at Musselburgh

This year our summer was very disappointing, but early autumn is giving us the best weather of the year! Today was wonderfully warm and sunny at Musselburgh. Even the plants seem a bit confused by the seasons, like these sow thistles which are starting to seed, looking lovely with the various flower heads at different stages from flower to seed

There are spiders' webs everywhere, plenty like this one, which caught my eye

Lots of birds around too, but the highlight of the day was a hummingbird hawk moth, only the 2nd I've ever seen! Unfortunately it didn't want to be photographed.

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Monday, 28 September 2015

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Supermoon and lunar eclipse

It's sa superb supermoon tonight, though this photo doesn't do it justice

Tonight this supermoon will go through a full lunar eclipse! You can read more about it here.

For once we're hoping Treacle our cat does wake us up at 2 in the morning so we can see the eclipse (also hoping that the moon at that time will still be visible from our windows, plus of course hoping for clear skies, which actually doesn't look likely!)!

I watched a lunar eclipse a few years ago from the comfort of our living room (and that one happened around 10pm I think) it's a beautiful sight, definitely worth watching if you get a chance!