Hearts stitch journal, 25 March 2018

A very dark and rain-soaked day today. I walked up the lane in a light drizzle, with the distant landscape obscured by mist. It’s much warmer – getting on for double figures now – and all the birds were singing. In the petit bois rented by the chasse, a new coop has been set up and in it were what… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 24 March 2018

Another terribly dark day – very reminiscent of the worst of the January weather, although rather warmer. We are due torrential rain for the next two days. Our first few honesty flowers have appeared in the courtyard, just in ones and twos per plant so far. Honesty is a biennial plant and this year is its ‘off’ year when we… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 23 March 2018

Another very dark and grey morning, with a light mist. It rained heavily overnight and everything is wet through. The ditches are leaping into life now and the leaves of wildflowers are pushing their way through, though there are few blooms as yet. One exception is the wood sorrel, whose dainty, nodding heads are now visible on the bocage bank… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal 22 March 2018

Another very grey and dark morning, though a little warmer than yesterday. The awful north winds have dropped at least and the birds are singing again. This morning I spotted wild strawberries flowering in the hedgerow. I don’t think they ever ripen, or perhaps the rabbits get to them before I do. I’m not very happy with the result –… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 21 March 2018

A very dark grey start today, the sky heavy with what felt like rain or snow, but fortunately it has brightened somewhat into our typical raw March cold. Today I thought I’d stitch the Greater Spotted Woodpecker, who was on the parrotia tree this morning, about to destroy a fat ball (he gets one a day and the other birds… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 20 March 2018

A freezing, clear morning with a lovely sunrise that turned into a cloudless blue sky. Each morning, I start the day by going into the kitchen for a glass of water and today there was a peculiar effect. As the sunlight streamed through the kitchen window to the east, it was fully reflected in the window to the west, making… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 19 March 2018

A dark grey sky, heavy with snow, for our walk today, and just above freezing. The flakes began to fall as we walked down the lane – dry, powdery snow that I could hear falling through the trees. In the fruit walk, the plum petals are already scattered on the ground – I think this means no crop this year,… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal 18 March 2018

A vile, cold morning – dark and grey with precipitation turning from snow to rain to hail and back again every few minutes. Very little to see on our walk this morning and also I feel absolutely dreadful, having awoken with terrible sinusitis and a sick headache, possibly due to allowing my water pot on the woodburner to burn dry…. Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 17 March 2018

Fog. Quite a pea-souper today, so we have that feeling of being stranded up here on our hill: I walked the dog down the lane from nothingness into nothingness. No birds to be seen except for one fluffed-up, almost spherical robin, searching for insects on the Graham Thomas rose. I chose a blackwork style for our little chap this morning,… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 16 March 2018

A bright, cold blue-grey morning today, everything soaked through with rain. Today I thought I’d revisit periwinkles, as tomorrow I have to cut them back and that will be the end of the flowers until next winter. Today’s threads are pale blue and grey cotons à broder no 18, purple and lilac Cartier-Bresson Brilliant d’Alger (sewn with four, three and… Read more »