Hearts stitch journal 30 January 2018

A mild, pale grey morning this morning with a very light, dancing drizzle. There was an abundance of riches to choose from today, so I went with hazel catkins, as these will soon be over. They are tingeing all the hedgerows now and growing in our old boulangerie across the courtyard. I allow hazels to self-seed in the garden wherever… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal 29 January 2018

Up quite early today, so it was still relatively dark. The rain had stopped but there was little to see in the lane except the rabbits running in all directions. Across the garden, though, the Graham Thomas rose is still in bloom, as it has been all winter. The flowers don’t open unless you bring them indoors, but their yellow… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal 28 January 2018

Up early to go swimming, so it was still night when I walked down the lane. The rain had returned overnight but had just stopped when I set out, and there was no sound other than huge, fat raindrops still falling from the trees and the stream that borders the field gurgling away in the dark. The tussocky grass in… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 27 January 2018

A sunrise! Our first bona fide sunrise this year – the skies completely clear and streaked with pink, lilac, lemon and gold. There was a proper frost overnight – more like our usual winter weather – and the landscape was mint green and white, with thin mist snaking between the tree tops. The return of sunlight is incredibly uplifting after… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 26 January 2018

An opalescent grey morning with our clearest skies since 28 December – only about three eighths overcast and the fast-moving clouds were tinged a faint gold, with the light behind giving – finally – hints of blue. The grass was mint green from a light frost and the birds were singing away in the woodland. So a feeling of optimism… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 25 January 2018

Another dark and overcast day, but with a few streaks in the cloud rather than the leaden greyness of recent weeks. Still, at least it’s not raining! Today’s heart is inspired by the moss that is growing thickly everywhere this year, encouraged by the high humidity. It’s coating every rock and branch and growing up the bases of the trees… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 24 January, 2018

Another dark and lowering day, with a light wind and drizzle. Neither words nor stitch can adequately convey the awful greyness of these mornings – 27 days now without a sunrise and I am beginning to feel oppressed and uneasy, as early humankind must have done when they felt the sun would never return. Today there was a slight violet… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 23 January 2018

Incredibly dark and overcast this morning, with a light drizzle – we have still not seen a sunrise yet this year. There was little colour visible in the garden other than our tall grass beds. I created this garden, next to the house, a few years ago in order to soften the approach to the house. It’s a ‘dry’ garden,… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 22 January 2018

Up very early this morning and it was pitch black outside – a thick, velvety darkness that was almost tangible. The wind was roaring in the trees as I walked down the lane and it was curiously warm. The wind suddenly intensified for no reason, giving me a slight visceral fear and I was glad to get back to the… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 21 January 2018

We have been without power, probably EDF repairing the line, as we were down two and a half hours this time rather than the in-out flickering of last night. This morning saw a pale grey sky (it’s got darker since!), with a light drizzle as I walked the dog down the lane. But the birds were singing cheerfully. I could… Read more »