May 23, 2016
a short visit to friends just south of Florence. vineyard and olive groves spread across their property retained in practical flat ribbons – some grass mown and some left long with decorative results . . .
. . . old olives are retained if they are single stem but those from the bad frost some years ago are being removed and replaced with fresh young plants.
Around the buildings, the owners prefer to leave the fluffy growth on the canopy. Pleasing contrasting textures in this composition . . .
. . . and also on the cork oak.
In Pienza, narrow views out to the wonderful countryside even on a cold and cloudy May day. Who gave these streets such pretty names?
Many years ago we designed this pool garden within what once was a walled kitchen garden. Simple, clean lines, reflections, peaceful – what more to say? only that these friends understand importance of good management; many clients do not.
The love of the place and the people who inhabit it – this is the reason behind the choice of the poem.
The tumult in the heart
keeps asking questions.
And then it stops and undertakes to answer
in the same tone of voice.
No one could tell the difference.
Uninnocent, these conversations start,
and then engage the senses,
only half-meaning to.
And then there is no choice,
and then there is no sense;
until a name
and all its connotation are the same. Elizabeth Bishop