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 BEACHES OF BRITAIN welcome dogs again, reports our poet Roberto. Many beaches have been out of bounds for hounds, but the first day of October opens the sandy wastes to them, too.

Remember the Bank Holiday weekend, the sun, the relaxation, the trees and, well, forget the crowds. Roberto is there in Hyde Park enjoying the peace.

Do you care for someone, possibly better than you care for yourself?

Now is the time to buy your Aguadulce broad bean seeds – big fat chaps that Jack would recognise; even though they do not grow as tall; just as well.

Roberto's been busy in his allotment which is no surprise to those who know this green-fingered poet. The creative juices get the plants growing, which in turn harvests our brilliant fellow's creativity.

Please remember that today, 21st June, is the ideal day to harvest your garlic; some may have a different opinion, but not the Garlic Farm or I.

Blow, blow thou Spring winds and a really fierce gust snatched a compost bin from Roberto's Kent cultivations. For a moment, it seemed aimed for the moon or the coming athletics in Brazil.

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