A bright grey morning that has only grown more dull, sadly. But yesterday it didn’t rain(!) and the commune came and cut the verges in our lane. For the first time that I can remember, they took the grass away without leaving it to dry and baling it as hay, so I assume they have given up on the hay crop for this year and will turn it to silage. Luckily, this little flower, higher up the bank (and therefore the property of my neighbour, not the commune) escaped the grim reaper. This is sheep’s bit scabious, not a true scabious, but a member of the aster family, and very pretty it is, bobbing its little blue heads above the wild mint. Today’s threads are grey coton à broder no 16 and six-strand cottons in green and shades of violet, violet-blue and lilac. The stitches are single threaded running stitch for the heart; couching for the stem and the green underlayer of the flower; and detached chain and straight stitch in one and two strands for the petals.