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.

Mount up, you cyclists, and lend an ear for poet Roberto has experiences to pass on here ...

Route 18 Country Rap

for and

two wheels, three wheels, four
trainer, boot or paw
grab a day’s staycation
from your overworking station
- cycle, walk or scooter
be a Route 18 commuter
three miles from Westgate walls
a sharing path for alls
a long, green corridor
in Ashford to explore
Downs cycling and roaming
raises serotonin
sitting in your saddle
lets your endorphins travel
it will not break the bank
no need to fill a tank
with new designer shades
wander through the glades
unplug your ears phoned long
upload the forest songs
hear the birds go twitter
look out for lonely litter
form ‘L’s with friendly trees
rub mud upon both knees
just listen to the leaves
applaud you in the breeze
loved before your birth
connect to mother earth
no need to time or score
slow travellers see more
all are equal here
no need to feel the fear
every shape is sound
its normal to be round
now health and safety advice – but we will only say this twice -
ring canterbury bells
sound your ashford honkers
wear top hats on autumn trips
so you’re not concussed by conkers.

- Robert Graham May 2018 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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