Hearts stitch journal 18 January 2018

Up late, after a white night of raging, booming winds, but it was still dark, blustery and raining. As I got back to the house, I noticed that the honesty seeds had been ripped apart by the wind, and then a leaf blew at my feet. I picked it up – it was an eleagnus pungens maculata, of which I planted several in the garden for winter interest. The pigeons roost in them all winter and build their nests in them in summer. In Brittany, many people plant hedges of the sister plant, eleagnus ebbingei. Both are resistant to salt air and smell incredibly sweet and tropical in October. Today’s threads are a mixture of vintage sewing cotton, modern sewing cotton and variegated machine embroidery thread. And that is the third row completed!

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