According to various books I’ve been reading, the Italians have two words for “garden”.  The first is giardino and signifies a garden that is grown for pleasure – containing flowers and other pretty things.  The second word is orto and means a vegetable or kitchen garden, obviously a distant sibling of … Continue reading


It’s the middle of winter here so the tomato plants should have shrivelled up to nothing by now.  However, here in the new house, a rather interesting thing is happening. In the neighbours yard but poking through our fence is the most fabulous tomato plant.  Getting all the water from … Continue reading