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.

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.

It settled instead on one giant leap and a considerable one, amazing our poet in the garden as it whistled overhead. Roberto gulped and reached for his pen.

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A compost bin returns to Earth

It is nice to know there was no sin,
In my disappearing compost bin.
In fact our scarecrows said to me,
"The distance flown, 19 feet and 3,
Was quite a sight for us to see".

Image on healing gardens co dot uk to illustrate the article.
Drawing by Ann Sutherland

The world record, though, will still stand
(It's a lot of feet and several hands).

Tea bags with an Earl Grey hue,
And orange skins, turned mouldy blue.
And bits of roots and parts of boots,
Plus over exuberant potato shoots,

Were carried off one windy day,
On a windswept April day.

This compost bin sailed overseas,
To somewhere off the Antilles,
Appearing on the radar screens,
Of Gardeners Question Time, in Sheen.

It sits there mouldering in the sand,
Humming in that warmer land,
Where, some swear, it undoes songs,
Decomposing, as it pongs.

- 12 iv 2016

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