Category Archives: Diary

Hearts stitch journal, 01 July 2018

A beautiful sunrise this morning and it was just lovely for our walk around the garden, but the rain is coming in now. It’s very welcome. It was about 34 degrees yesterday, which is way too hot but today it’s due to be a more bearable 27. I have an obsession with green gardens and green flowers and today I… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 30 June 2018

Shaping up to be another lovely day today. It is still cool and I was up at 5.30 to clean and garden as we have visitors coming for lunch. I took the rubbish to the village (there is no collection here) and stopped off at the house of a late friend to gather some flowers for the table. All around… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 29 June 2018

Up at 5.30 this morning and got a couple of hours gardening in before the heat of the day arrived. The dawn chorus was deafening and it was cool and breezy – due to be another scorcher today. At the bottom of the lane, the cows have been moved into a different meadow and I thought it was about time… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 28 June 2018

A lovely day – currently crisp and sunny, with a refreshing breeze, but due to be over 30 degrees later. The farmers must be happy, as this dry spell means they’ve been able to cut and turn the hay, and the barley is ripe – I can hear the combines as I type, which may be the first cereal harvest… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 27 June 2018

A lovely summer’s day – quite cool at the moment but due to ramp up to about 30 degrees later. There was a spectacular sunrise and the garden was dewy-fresh this morning. My nose alerted me to another rose in flower, which proved to be Kew Rambler, romping off into the trees on the east border (the scent of the… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 26 June 2018

A lovely summer morning, warm and sunny. One of the delights of the garden at this time of year is walking around snacking on the fruit. Several kinds are coming in and today I’ve chosen amelanchier lamarkii, also known as Juneberry. I planted it for its lovely leaves and flowers, so the fruit is quite a bonus – they taste… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 25 June 2018

A crisp, cloudless, blue-sky morning, more like September than June, but we are now due a heatwave, so I will enjoy the coolth while it lasts. Today’s choice of motif is a musk mallow, one of our loveliest wild flowers, which grows everywhere here and will flower for the next couple of months. It smells faintly of honey and is… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 24 June 2018

A nice sunny day today and some actual warmth on my back as I walked down the lane. That bit of warmth brought out one or two butterflies, one of which was a marbled white, which fluttered by me and landed on the long grass. Today’s threads are pale blue variegated cotton perlé no 5, white cotton perlé no 8,… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 23 June 2018

A lovely day – crisp, a little cold, very sunny. There was a lovely lemon sunrise this morning that woke me at about 4.30. I’m running a little late as we just sold our old car – I actually finished the heart over an hour ago. This commemorates my opium poppies, which I’ve been growing (illegally, apparently!) for many a… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 22 June 2018

A crisp, cold, sunny day and finally we woke up to the dawn light streaming through the open windows. Needed a warm hat for walking round the garden, though, and I’m about to put an extra layer on. A rose that I forget exists, until it flowers, is coming into bloom now. No-one is quite sure what it is. I… Read more »