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.

My niece Katherine was born on 14th June 1990. There was a heatwave at the time ... one hundred and twelve seasons ago... Happy Birthday, K!



(14th June 1990)

To Katherine – Welcome …

Though You do not know us, we know You,
Younger than the leaves on the early summer trees,
Loved by many, a crystal clean creation,
For a moment You were the youngest person in the world.




Image of part of a HealingGardens co dot uk webpage to illustrate the poem.

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