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.

Notes from a lock-down III

The scent of broad (fava) beans always takes me by surprise. I never expect such a syrupy, cinnamon-y perfume from a plant which is really quite banal. I mean, I have nothing against broad beans but the plant itself is … Continue reading

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Notes from a lock-down II

This being confined to barracks does the funniest things to my emotions and perceptions. Everything is in very sharp focus, but nothing seems particularly real. When a plane flies overhead – something that, granted, is fairly rare here even in normal … Continue reading

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Notes from a lock-down

Monday 9 March I’m sitting in a bar in Tuoro. Tuoro is an unexciting town by the shores of Lake Trasimeno. There are lots of people in here, working people who have probably been having lunch here daily for decades … Continue reading

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Return from Lesvos, 3 March 2020

I left Skala Sikamineas, Lesvos, before dawn on Saturday, just as everything we took for granted began to fall apart. My two weeks there had been quiet, with only a handful of landings to deal with. But on Thursday night … Continue reading

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Lesvos, 22 February 2020

The seaside blows the cobwebs beautifully from the heads of people like me who live in green, landlocked places. And the salutary effects are even better – for me at least, as someone who doesn’t have much time for lying … Continue reading

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