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.

Our Healing Gardens's poet has produced one of his miniature gems, and this one of the sea, and directed towards the unusual book, Sailing to Purgatory, written by Paul Rodgers, and published this week.

Poet Robert Graham, the gardening poet, has composed one of his crisp and very telling verses that win him an ever-widening audience of admirers. Here's his poem for Sailing to Purgatory:

Long before I was,
And way after me,
Continues, forever,
The sound of the sea.

Robert has a really sweet sketch to accompany his tribute to the sea. It's pn, and his poem is also to be found at Facebook/Sailingtopurgatory

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