Day 105 / 365 – Photo a Day Project 2023

I’m not sure whether i’ve mentioned before but each year I monitor the moths here in South Uist. This entails putting a light trap out at night, the trap has old egg boxes in it and the moths are attracted to the light and go into the trap and roost under the egg boxes. Next morning I go through and look at each box, making a note of the species present, and how many of each one, the moth is then released, unharmed, back into the wild. I keep the records on a spreadsheet and at the end of the year this information is then submitted to the Outer Hebrides Biological Recording group who subsequently upload the data to the National Biodiversity Network where it is then available for scientists to study and analyse.

It is still quite early in the year for diversity of moth species here and there were only five moths in the trap this morning: 4 Hebrew Character and 1 Early Grey

Early Grey (Xylocampa areola)

Day 104 / 365 – Photo a Day Project 2023

A lovely sunny day! I had a job to do today – go up to Kildonan Museum and take some photos of the forthcoming exhibition to commemorate SS Marloch which left Lochboisdale 100 years ago with 300 islanders aboard, bound for a new life in Canada. A massive loss, in terms of humanity, to the islands.

I also had to take some new photographs in Kildonan cafe as that is now under new management. Last job of the day was to update the museum website with the new photos and information!

The Marloch exhibition which will run for two years from 15th April 2023
One of the photos for the cafe section of the museum website. Homemade too!
New graphics for the museum website update. Sadly I didn’t get to eat the props 🙂

Day 101 / 365 – Photo a Day Project 2023

A busy morning, headed out for coffee with Seonaid, then down to Eriskay shop to deliver some cards for them to sell. I took the opportunity to nip down to the ferry terminal to make sure my Outer Hebrides Birds cards and poster were still there (they were). Prince Charlie’s Beach was looking very busy today (at least five or six people there!).

Started a knitting project which uses some stitches I haven’t done before, it’s a lovely pattern by Snickerdoodle Knits. I am using stash that I bought at Yarndale 2019, some lovely Fyberspates 100% merino.

It was super tempting to go in for a dip but i’m trying to restrain myself until next month when it has warmed up marginally…
Asymmetrical scarf/shawl Dancing in the Rain, pattern design by Snickerdoodle Knits.

Only three original art cards left

Following the fabulous craft fair and fundraiser for MND Scotland yesterday at Carinish Hall in North Uist I now only have three square original art cards left! Shop – Original Art Cards

At some stage I need to get my paints out again and make some more 🙂

A great time was had by all at the event and Ani and Chrissie have raised over £22,000 for MND Scotland – totally amazing and just goes to show what an amazing community we have here 🙂

Day 99 / 365 – Photo a Day Project 2023

A winding down day today after being so busy yesterday. I put all my things away that i’d used at the craft fair and spent some time in the afternoon crocheting. On Friday while sorting out what I needed for the craft fair I found an unfinished crochet project in my yarn box, so I got that out to finish off this weekend. I also made an entry into my Crochet journal for the project i’d started yesterday at the craft fair. These are great journals – I have one for knitting and one for crochet – and purchased them from the Stationery Geek people who had a stand at Yarndale the last time I went (2019!).

Almost complete virus shawl
Adding the details of this project into my crochet journal

Day 98 / 365 – Photo a Day Project 2023

A fabulous day at Carinish Hall, North Uist and it was great to catch up with both other artists and crafters and people that I haven’t seen for a while. Also good to meet new people both locals and people visiting our beautiful islands. Thank you to all who bought from me today!

The hall was absolutely buzzing with people all day, there were 12 tables of crafters around the edge of the hall and tables in the middle for people enjoying tea, coffee and home bakes that had been donated. Raffle tickets were selling constantly and there had been so many amazing prize donations from local businesses and individuals that it took an hour to do the draw for all the prizes. Ani and Chrissie – two local ladies who have been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and who had organised this event announced that over £22,000 had been raised – totally incredible and just goes to show what an amazing community i’m lucky enough to live in. See the MND Uist Facebook page

Here I am all set up (the walking sticks aren’t mine..)
The hall absolutely packed with people
Managed a wee bit of crochet inbetween customers 🙂

Day 97 / 365 – Photo a Day Project 2023

A busy day preparing for tomorrow, as i’d taken some of my cards up to Kildonan Museum shop a couple of days ago I needed to package some more up 🙂

So, if you are in North Uist tomorrow call in at Carinish Hall for a chat: it is the MND Scotland fundraiser with a fantastic raffle, so many amazing prizes have been donated (and i’m donating a framed print), there are twelve of us artists/craftspeople having stalls there, it’s going to be a great day.