Thursday, 20 October 2016

The glow of Tiger Eyes!

Tiger Eye is one of my favourite semi-precious stones, it has a beautiful depth of colour to it and wonderful variety in that colour too! Some people believe it to have protective energies! You can read more about Tiger Eye here.

I was delighted then to find in one of the bags of unsold and damaged jewellery that I bought from a second hand shop a beaded belt (with some beads damaged, so I needed to take it apart) a few lovely tiger eyes! I also had some ideal necklace chains into which I could fit the stones (given how they were strung in the original belt, the tiger eyes needed to be fitted into a necklace rather than hung as a traditional pendant. I'm quite pleased with how these three tiger eye necklaces turned out and they're now all in the Crafty Green Poet Etsy store.

This silver tone chain, which you can see in the shop here.

This gold tone chain, which you can see in the shop here.

and this black chain choker, which you can see in the shop here.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Monday, 17 October 2016

The trees are wearing their Autumn dresses

and when they catch the light, the leaves glow

and these puffball fungi appeared from nowhere about three weeks ago and are growing speedily!

as are these fungi

All photos from Colinton Dell, a lovely place for an Autumnal walk!

for Nature Notes

Meanwhile these butterflies just flew into the Crafty Green Poet Etsy shop!

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Ivy Shadows

It's another dull and drizzly day today so I'm sharing these photos from Tuesday for Shadow Shot Sunday. I love these shadows in the ivy in Spylaw Park, Edinburgh.

You can see more photos from the same walk here.

For Shadow Shot Sunday.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Autumn Changes Edinburgh - Calton Hill and Princes Street Gardens

Today is such a wet day we decided not to venture far! We started out walking up Calton Hill, where the iconic follies, memorials and other buildings looks wonderfully atmospheric in the Autumnal mist and drizzle.

and there are wonderful views over Edinburgh too

We then had a coffee break and continued our walk in Princes Street Gardens with it's views of the Scott Monument

and Edinburgh Castle 

Lovely to see the fallen cherry leaves carpeting the ground in places

Just a reminder that the Living Edinburgh Autumn Changes Edinburgh photo competition is open until the end of the month. You can find out more here!

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Speak Up Week of Climate Action!

8th-16th October in a Week of Action organised by the Climate Coalition to celebrate the people, places and things we want to protect from climate change - and to make sure politicians know the strength of feeling on this topic.

Climate Change has huge potential to damage the natural world. Scientists already believe that climate change may have destroyed the Great Barrier Reef beyond any hope of proper recovery. You can read the heartbreaking Obituary for the reef here.

Closer to home, our woodlands and urban trees are threatened by climate change. You can read the Woodland Trust's perspective on climate change here.

If you love something, you want to protect it so everyone who loves nature needs to work to protect nature from climate change and we need also to let politicians know how much we care about the natural world. You can do this by joining in the week of action. You can find out what's happening in your local area here. You can also organise an event yourself, I particularly like the Woodland Trust's suggestion of inviting your local MP to 'meet a wise old tree' (use the Trust's Ancient Tree Inventory to find your nearest wise old tree)!