I would like to say these were the fruits of my labour but there was very little that was laborious about growing them. I found two unplanted seedlings peeking up at me from one of the beds in my garden earlier this year so I transplanted them to somewhere with a bit more space, watered them lots, deadheaded them a little bit, and this is what I was left with. Bingo.
I post this waiting to board my plane to Italy as I set out on a year-long trip to Tuscany, where I’ll be making cheese, wine and olive oil with @rapunzel.paterno and her family at La Fattoria @corzanoepaterno, just south of Florence. I was there in the spring of 2017 for a week and vowed to go back as soon as possible. My work at Dartington meant that took a little longer than expected, but the time has come and it is only now that it is starting to sink in. I can hardly wait to get there, there are grapes to pick and a glut of tomatoes to cook, and my work starts first thing tomorrow, but I’m also very sad to leave London behind, all the people I love there, my flat and, of course, my garden.
So, for the next twelve months I’ll be posting pictures of the Tuscan countryside as the seasons pass, of the amazing produce we grow on the farm and how we turn it all into delicious things to eat and drink. Sorry. #🇮🇹