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.

We might well be wrapped up against the January weather, but our poet Roberto spots the magic out there, and likens it to the changing scene in modern day Britain, as we extend the hand of friendship to those very much less fortunate.


In crowns beneath the leafless trees,
Like refugees constrained on seas,
You light the lanes and corridors,
On catkin’d, coppiced, forest floors.

Between your arms of green you chime,
The quiet song of wintertime,
Surprising those on winter ways,
Greeting some, from other days.

From Syria some of you come,
Some from cedar’d Lebanon,
Tulip Turkey, Azerbaijan,
Tiled and turquoise Isfahan.

Montenegro, torn Ukraine,
Franciscan hillside, pilgrim Spain.
Then following the melting snow,
Underground, once more you go.

From Ural folklore was found,
The Galanthamine compound,
Another of the snowdrops balms,
To ease dementia, bringing calm.

Now time has made you native here,
Ringing in our flowering year,
Welcome snowdrop, milk-flower strong,
Whatever land you once came from.

As many from these snowdrop lands,
And others from snowdrop less sands.
Constrained in crowns on leaky boats,
Tonight will spin on Europe’s moats.

- Robert Graham

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