How lucky am I? I am spending my time in this lovely weather here in the Highlands between stitching my garden and doing a very little bit of real gardening. Nothing too energetic mind; just deadheading the roses, watering the tatty patch and I might if I feel like it wander back out and replant the overgrown poppy. Life is good!
We are in Gozo this week visiting really good friends who moved here from southern England two years ago. It’s our second visit and the island is just as interest g the second time around as it was the first. Biggest difference from our visit in November is that the colours have changed from green in November to the browny golden colours of summer and of course the roads are lined with wild flowers everywhere.
The Gozotans are renowned for their craft work from delicate glass work to knitted products for all ages. I’d like to take a big wooly jumper home with me but I’d have to dump most of my clothes! I’m taking some pictures of the colours, patterns and light and will use the images again in some piece of embroidery or other.
This photograph is the inspiration behind my current embroidery. It was taken last year when the Highlands enjoyed one of the rare hot summers. Today it is 21C here again. I don’t think I’ve ever know two good summers in a row. My garden is again looking beautiful with geraniums, an escallonia, sweet Williams, nasturtiums, Michaelmas daisies, a peachy climbing rose, a white climbing rose and all framed by the wisteria which has gone a bit mad.