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.

HealingGardens celebrated National Poetry Day with Roberto's latest poem which is dedicated to the many unsung helpers in society who are often not always recognised for their great contribution to the pleasant progress of life, our lives.

Roberto spotted Neil the barber, and the poem Smiling Sentry began to take shape.

Smiling Sentry

The smiling scissor man of Bridge Street,
Stands in the spotlight of the beaming sun,
Greeting all in the day.
As if knows the rays are for his shop alone.

On sentry duty, unboxed,
He guards
Against any revolutions on the crowns
Beneath the Crown.

And, without knowing,
The long, unseen, pavemented steps and shuffles,
Of solitary travellers,
Unsolitaried, for a warming while.

For Neil the barber!

- Illustration by Ann Sutherland
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