Woke at 5.00am to the most tremendous roar, which turned out to be a rainstorm coming in. Within seconds, the gutters on the kitchen were overwhelmed and I could hear rain pouring in sheets off the roof onto the patio below. Luckily, it had stopped by the time I walked up the lane with the dog and there were even odd patches of blue in the sky (it’s closed in now, though, and has got darker and colder again – I’ll light a fire in a minute). Today I decided to stitch our papillon lavender, which is just starting to go over. With its long, silky bracts, it adds a more lilac tone to the front beds than the English lavender, which is only just coming into bud. Today’s threads are cotons à broder no 16 in pale blue, pale grey, green and purple; six-strand cottons in brown and green, sewn with all six strands; and six-strand in variegated burgundy and variegated purple, sewn mixed in the needle with one strand each. The stitches are Pekinese stitch for the heart, straight stitch for the stem, clipped cluster stitch for the flower and leaf stitch for the bracts. And that’s the third row of June completed.