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.

Let me tell you about a different approach to poetry which is my plan on the website. People enjoy hearing poetry read to them - hearing it spoken aloud was the favourite way to experience poetry in days gone by.

I'm returning that pleasure, rekindling the notion, to poetry lovers in my county. I believe it's fair to say they love it this way. They certainly tell me so. My website takes the idea to a much wider sphere.

Troubadours took their poetry to castles. My way, my calling, is to take the poetry to places that are much more natural, more ordinary, if you like, to where people congregate.

I really enjoy hearing responses to poetry, especially when it is of verse that I wrote.

Since getting the idea going, I've been travelling to people and places in need of healing. Troubadours took their poetry to castles. My way, my calling, is to take the poetry to places that are much more natural, more ordinary, if you like, to the people.

Wonderful healing poetry is what I deliver when I call on individuals to read to them.

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Lend me your ears ... Robert emphasises the tremendous advantage of actually hearing poetry being spoken.

Soon, my poems will be available as recordings on this site, so that without their troubadour, these poems can travel when summoned by a soul in need, wherever they may be, with a simple click of a mouse.

I could tell you what people tell me about the healing benefits of hearing spoken poetry, but the best way to understand it is to experience it, and I offer free taster sessions.

I enjoy reading my poems to individuals or groups. Poetry comes alive when it is read aloud – its traditional form. It is a form of play, of drama, and some say they enjoy it more than any soap. Perhaps a reason is that poetry is real. And my poems are simple without being simplistic, and are made to heal.

Poetry is uplifting

I believe poetry is here to uplift us and to make us feel better. All poetry I enact can be called a thing of beauty.

I hand a copy of the poem to each person, and I recite the poem twice. This double reading has people relaxing, feeling unhurried and calm and, well, healed in some way.

It is honouring for me to try to listen well in the safe, non-competitive atmosphere we create and hear memories from close to the heart that many listeners share.

Rhyming poems involving the seasons are a theme particularly enjoyed by older people. To listen to a streaming flow of words in poetry, rivering in to the room from the centre of someone's being, is a wonderful experience that somehow seems to reach and heal the inner being.

Trapped poems

Discord between the wisdom of the ancients and what purports to be wisdom of the moderns is huge. Hence so much dis-ease; so many poems trapped in hearts unable to express themselves. I hope you will read my next article which will take this thought further.

There are so many ways of applying the healing powers of poetry and so many possible settings. Would you like this happily travelling troubadour, me Robert Graham, to call sometime? My first visit is always a complimentary taster session with no payment required.

You will soon be able to come and click on a poem to send it on the journey you choose, to yourself or a friend, as soon as my recorded poems appear here, your travelling troubadour service.

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