Another beautiful morning, warm, sunny and dry. Down by the ponds, the early warmth had brought out the dragonflies. This is a Southern Hawker female (the male is turquoise) – the very first kind of dragonfly to visit the pond when we put it in some eight years ago. Literally the day after the water went in, she arrived and laid eggs all around it. This morning, one of her heirs was zipping around, doing a fine job of hoovering up the mosquitoes. Today’s threads are blue variegated cotton perlé no 5, six-strand embroidery cottons in fawn, green, brown and black; and brown ‘invisible’ thread. The stitches are coral stitch for the heart, satin stitch, straight stitch and French knots for the body of the insect, detached chain for the legs, French knots with detached chain for the eyes and fly stitch and straight stitch for the wings.