My marvellous Kent Claret vine ... I bought it from Victoriana Nursery to keep my ever-faithful calendulas company. Friend Wendy recommends the grapes for grape jelly.

Happy harvesting … my Great Auntie Bee's watercolour of farming life as it used to be, painted in 1950.

The creative mind in action … Coppicing days, Pheasants Coppice, Bishopsbourne.

History …In the garden of Serre de la Madonne, Menton. Seems I wasn’t the only admirer.

Happy birthday! ... My 50th Birthday Party 9th September 2010 at Jenny's, also with Hilda, Becca, Vittorio, Robin and Yvonne and Bianca - Caprese Michelangelo, Toscana. A very special day.

Birthday girl ... Mrs G picking flowers on the morning of her 80th Birthday, a few seconds before she realised that I had arrived.

The worst of winter seems to be behind us - hope's a wonderful thing - and there's magic in the air. Look up at night and it might be the international space station. But by day and it just might be absolute magic, magic known by our grandparents back to Stonehenge citizens, and even before.

Roberto writes, 'The unblinding and unbrash polite light of February returning as we spin towards Spring. All the bulbs in the earth, full of colour, spinning with us, waiting, appearing.

'And the title would be to Spinning towards Spring.'


- 17 ii 2017

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