Woke up to sunshine today – quite a cold, silvery sun with dark grey clouds slicing across the sky, and crisp temperatures for our morning walk. It rained most of yesterday and last night and everything was glittering in the sunlight. Across the courtyard, the osmanthus is coming into flower, though its tubular blossoms are not yet fully open. It is a quiet, unassuming evergreen plant that I was attracted to by its scent one April day in Sissinghurst Gardens, a truly magical place, where its perfume filled the whole of the Delos garden. Ours is a Burkwoodii, in contrast to the usual Davidii, which has a more toothed leaf. Today’s threads are dark grey metallic Indian rayon, gold DMC embroidery thread, pale gold Madeira Decor rayon floss, dark green coton à broder no 16 and white DMC perlé no 8. The stitches are double threaded running stitch for the heart, thorn stitch outlined with Holbein stitch for the leaves and eyelet mixed with a stitch I made up for the flowers.