Hearts stitch journal, 22 July 2018

A beautiful pure gold dawn this morning and a cool walk down the lane. It feels autumnal in the best possible way – golden, ripe, soft, Septemberish. Throughout the hedgerows this year, this plant is in bloom – betony. Hugely attractive to butterflies, clouds of which surround it as the day warms up, it has tough square stalks like a… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 21 July 2018

A cool and gloomy start to the day, though brightening up a bit now, and the dawn had faint traces of pink among the grey. As I came up the steps from the lower barn I was surprised to notice acorns appearing on the oak trees. I’m not sure what variety of oak this one is (probably pedunculate), as it… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 20 July 2018

Rain. It began yesterday evening and continued overnight and I walked the dog down the lane this morning in a light drizzle – it’s very welcome, to be honest, as the garden needs it. However, it has caused the insects to disappear, so the birds are back on the feeder. This is the first one I saw this morning –… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 19 July 2018

Another lovely morning, with a spectacular sunrise of orange and pink. Down the lane, overseeing the shorn fields during our morning walk, sat a buzzard on a telegraph pole. They are plentiful birds here, soaring up high with their plaintive cry of pee-oo, pee-oo and – in this season – perching on the bales of wheat and barley, ready to… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 18 July 2018

A somewhat stressful start to the morning, due to the sound of screaming coming from the kitchen as I descended the stairs. I ran in, expecting a cat with a bird but it proved to be a baby bunny in the jaws of the ever-efficient Pushkin. I got it away from him but it was done for, poor creature, so… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 17 July 2018

Typing quickly, as my computer is failing – the fan is on its last legs – so if I go suddenly silent, that’ll be why! Another beautiful day, with a gorgeous orange and pink dawn. The whole orchard was filled with the scent of honey this morning from our many buddleia bushes. This is one of the less well-known varieties,… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 16 July 2018

A lovely day, but the sky full of high cirrus – a sign of a weather front moving in. A bat flew into the bedroom last night, confused by the light from our lamps and roosted on our high cathedral ceiling – it was gone by morning, though. Our walk down the lane today was cool and refreshing and a… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 15 July 2018

Tremendous thunder and lightening storms overnight, with phenomenal amounts of rain – much needed, it must be said. The day dawned vivid pink between banks of dark cloud but it’s now set to be beautifully warm and sunny all day. The first thing I saw when I looked through the front door this morning was a fat wood pigeon. These… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 14 July 2018

A lovely morning with a soft peach sunrise. My neighbour turned his hay yesterday, so I took a walk around the clean field boundary this morning with a very excited dog, as the rabbits raced in and out of the windrows. Another wildflower that is growing in the margins is fumitory (‘earthsmoke’), named for the smoky look of its flowers… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 13 July 2018

Another cool, grey start this morning, which seems to be the pattern lately before the sun breaks through and the days warms up. The cool nights are a blessing and the plants are grateful for the respite. Today I walked out of the orchard and into my neighbour’s field. Last year, the rabbits in our garden merrily ate their way… Read more »