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.

Roberto's latest verse dwells on our new season suddenly arrived and its magic and the principal actors on the Autumn stage.



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

HARVEST HOME

Dedicated to Perry Court Farm
Who keep their barn doors open,
to welcome back the swallows each Spring.

She starts with August gathered sheaves,
Whose golden stems lie over eaves,
Where many harvest homes ago,
The bread was baked, from seed well sowed.

The laden boughs all fruits have dropped,
And follows now the winding hop,
That sliced to earth by sickles sharp,
Is wound around the moving cart.

And swallows with their summered young,
Have preened their feathers and begun,
Their flight from cool September days,
To find the distant, warmer rays.

October breathes slow alchemies,
O'er rustling Spring's now well-worn sleeves,
The jewelled blackberry hedgerow high,
Is plucked by bird, and passer-by.

Her Midas touch will now soon brush,
All that May weaved green and lush,
All meadows mown, all harvests home,
And swooping swallows southwards flown.

- 27ix.15

Image of part of  a HealingGardens co dot uk webpage to illustrate the article.
Happy harvesting … my Great Auntie Bee's watercolour of farming life as it used to be, painted in 1950. That's Janet Allis's illustration above the Harvest Home verse.
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