Hearts stitch journal, 12 July 2018

A cool, grey start to the day, but the fog has burned off now and the sun has broken through. It felt quite autumnal for our walk down the lane this morning, with the cool, Septemberish breeze.  I bought some new hydrangeas for the garden a month or so ago. As the orchard turns to woodland, the roses are dying… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 11 July 2018

A cool, overcast start to the day with an orange sunrise heading into banks of violet cloud. Fortunately the sun has now broken through and it’s looking like the lovely day that was forecast. Unbelievably, my neighbour finally cut his hay yesterday – I suspect merely to clear the field for the apple harvest rather than to sell. I walked… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 10 July 2018

Another beautiful morning, warm, sunny and dry. Down by the ponds, the early warmth had brought out the dragonflies. This is a Southern Hawker female (the male is turquoise) – the very first kind of dragonfly to visit the pond when we put it in some eight years ago. Literally the day after the water went in, she arrived and… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 09 July 2018

Another beautiful day, set to be hot again later. As aforementioned, my neighbour hasn’t taken his hay this year. He has no livestock and wouldn’t be able to get a good price selling it to others this year, as by the time it was dry enough to harvest, the seed had already fallen and the nutritional quality was poor. Therefore… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 08 July 2018

A beautiful day – I’m off out on the bike in a minute. Today I thought I’d stitch our callicarpa bushes, which are growing just outside the door. I planted these for their lilac autumn berries, but the flowers too are very pretty with their delicate lilac blossoms and creamy yellow stamens. Today’s threads are cotons à broder in white,… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 07 July 2018

A lovely dawn today and shaping up for a perfect summer’s day. Once the roses have faded, our garden’s chief flowering shrub is buddleia, which I planted because they were trouble-free and would strike easily from cuttings. The first to flower is this one, Pink Delight, which is down by the cabin and is loaded with butterflies once the heat… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 06 July 2018

A beautiful peach-coloured misty dawn for our walk down the lane this morning (I was up at 5.00, having been bitten by a mosquito). Our new cat Pushkin was a grey silhouette in the mist and a soft golden light spilled over our neighbour’s orchard, where the unmown annual grasses lay like pink and orange clouds. As I passed one… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 05 July 2018

A grey and overcast morning, which is a surprise after the sunny day yesterday, which ended in a spectacular sunset. Oh well, it’s still warm and due to get better later. The warmth and flowers of high summer have brought out the peacock butterflies, which love the buddleia – there was one trapped in the house this morning and I… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 04 July 2018

A grey and thundery start, though the sun has broken through and it’s forecast to be a lovely day. The wild cherries are in full fruit now, so this weekend I will be purple-fingered, making preserves. When sweet cherries seed, the trees come up as wild cherry and we have at least 50 in the garden now. Each one bears… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 03 July 2018

The sun is breaking through now, but it was a grey, misty start this morning thanks to the prodigious amounts of rainfall yesterday evening. The promised thunderstorms hit us about 6.00pm and although they didn’t seem worse than the heavy rains we’ve had most of this year, the DH was rather startled when walking the dog last night to find… Read more »