The Patient Gardener


Here is my response to WordPress’ weekly photo challenge: “(Extra)ordinary.” I thought for a while about what I might have seen this year that was extraordinary. I was reminded of my trip back in May when I took my Mum to Rome.  She had a desire to see the Trevi Foundation whilst I was determined we would go to the Pantheon and see its amazing brick-built dome; the largest unsupported dome in… Read More

  This week’s Photo Challenge theme is scale – having something in a photo to show an extreme of scale.  As I quite like to do these posts on a Friday evening I tend to use photographs I already have rather than going out to take a photograph especially; it also gives me a good opportunity to look back through photos. I thought about large and small things and remembered this statue… Read More

Now some of my readers have kindly described my garden as lush when they saw my EOMV photos but I don’t see it this way.  For me the photo above shows a lush garden.  The garden in question is Isola Madre, the garden I discovered on holiday in Italy which was the highlight of our trip for me. Isola Madre is the third island in the Borromea Bay and a sister island… Read More

One of the places I was really looking forward to visiting on our holiday was Isola Bella; one of three islands in the Borromean Bay.  I had seen the garden on Monty Don’s Italian Garden series and was really pleased to discover it was just a short ferry ride from our hotel. The palace on the island was originally intended to also have a casino, small villa or palace, higher up on… Read More

My sons and I have just returned from a wonderful week on Lake Maggiore which is located in the shadow of the Alps in the Piedmont area of Northern Italy.  I am constantly amazed that my sons still want to come on holiday with me and every year suspect it will be the last family holiday as they are both in their early 20s.  However, I think the reason is that we… Read More

As a bit of an Italophile I was more than happy to receive a review copy of The Gardens of Venice and the Veneto by Jenny Condie.  However, I did wonder if this book would have a limited market being about gardens in such a small specific area. The book, on first glance, is your archetypal coffee table book.  Large, relatively heavy and full of sumptuous photographs by Alex Ramsay.  Unsurprisingly, given… Read More

  Amalfi, Italy

Being in the shadow of Vesuvius during our holiday we thought we ought to try to make an effort to engage with the historical aspect of the region surrounding Naples.  Our enthusiasm for walking up Vesuvius diminished with the increasing heat and having been to Pompeii some years back I decided that Herculaneum was the best bet for our  cultural injection. Interestingly when I visited the region 20 odd years back Herculaneum… Read More

I thought I would show you some pics from my recent holiday in Italy.  The boys and I went Sorrento in the Campania region of Italy.  This was the boys’ first overseas holiday and my first for 20 years so it was a bit of a big thing for us.  I had been to the region before about 22 years ago on my honeymoon so had some idea of what to expect. … Read More