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 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.

Day 94 / 365 – Photo a Day Project 2023

Another dreich and dreary day, which started with the awful news that my cousin had passed away, and only six weeks after her mum (my aunty) had died. So sad, we had such fun when we were young and I spent lots of time today reminiscing about the fun times we had when we were young when we went with our families on camping holidays twice a year, then when we were older I would go to their house in Manchester – I was a country bumpkin in the big city!

Some of the Victorian pots that I cadged from mum last time I was visiting
1975, happy times camping at Shell Island in Wales, left to right: my brother, my cousin and my aunty – all now passed away, then me and my friend L. What you can’t see is the large wound (16 stitches) on my knee from a motorbike accident two weeks before!