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 November 2019

It’s the penultimate day of November and my rainfall total for the month is 299mm***. That’s the biggest monthly accumulation ever recorded by me. Which isn’t really saying hugely much because I only bothered to start adding up the monthly … Continue reading

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Acqua alta, Venice. A photo essay

Between one exceptional tide and another, a casual visitor to Venice this week might not even notice the damage that water is doing to lives and livelihoods and property and morale. Because as always, Venetians have mobilised to keep things … Continue reading

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Quince jam

Each year the performance of my one quince tree is somewhere on a scale from ‘too many to know what to do with’ to ‘utterly overwhelming’. This year it’s off the scale. Every breath of wind brings an avalanche of … Continue reading

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1 November 2019

Late yesterday evening L went down into the valley to rent a car. He’s off to Positano for work, and I need ours. “But this driving license ran out in August,” says the Avis man, “I can’t rent you a … Continue reading

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16 October 2019

It’s a pretty good rule of thumb that the answer to a newspaper headline that ends in a question mark is almost always “no”. This holds especially true in the very small local press. This headline is a case in … Continue reading

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