A gloomy start to the day, though the sun is breaking through now. Refreshingly cool – we’ve been very lucky this summer with the cool nights to offset the hot days. Right by the front door, the nandina has been in flower for weeks and is now going over, so I thought I’d better catch it quick. I don’t know what variety this is and I don’t know how it survives, as the dog likes to dig under it and it’s in a totally dry spot right under the porch. But there it is, the berries that appeared last autumn still hanging on, and these delicate turned-back flowers shedding white petals like confetti onto the soil beneath. Today’s threads are grey cotton perlé no 5, cream embroidery thread no 16 and six-strand embroidery cottons in green, pale green, burgundy and yellow. The stitches are Pekinese stitch for the heart, stem stitch for the stem, fly stitch and straight stitch for the stalks, detached chain with straight stitch for the buds and straight stitch for the flowers. And that’s the fourth row of July completed.