Author Archives: Gardens, Food & Umbria

About Gardens, Food & Umbria

I am a garden and landscape designer, working throughout central Italy and beyond. I have lived in Italy for over 35 years – first in Rome but now in Città della Pieve, Umbria, where I have restored my country home and transformed a medieval townhouse into three rental suites. To relax, I tinker endlessly with two and a half hectares of land, some of which is my garden.

29 June 2020

When I was opening the back door shutters the other morning, I felt something wriggle then slither out from under my foot. It was a lizard, one of those dazzling emerald green ones which in Italian is called a ramarro … Continue reading

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15 June 2020

Occasionally I read back over what I’ve written and wonder what planet I’m living on. The answer, of course, is planet CdP and every now and then it hits me just how far out in the solar system it is. … Continue reading

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Ricotta & spinach gnocchi

One of the big plusses of the Covid19 lockdown was discovering that jovial Beppe from Fattoria Pianporcino would deliver his wonderful cheeses to our door. We’ve become addicted to his huge baskets of ricotta di pecora (sheep milk ricotta). But … Continue reading

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21 May 2020

We had lunch at the Café degli Artisti on Tuesday. I was less than enthusiastic, but L was keen, and helping the owners of a place we like to get back on their feet was a big enticement. The tables … Continue reading

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8 May 2020

This is going to be dangerous. We’re opening up slightly, regaining our right to roam – if only within the confines of our own regional borders. But it’s not so much a possible return to infection I’m fearing now (and … Continue reading

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