I'm Tamsin Hickson, I live on an olive farm in Le Marche in Central Italy with my husband, sons, father, cats, dog, chickens, ducks (until Christmas).


  • Elderflower cordial:the recipe elderflower-recipe

    It is useful, although not obligatory, to have teenagers for this recipe, gathering the elderflowers and then stirring the potion. The downside of this is that they then drink so much of the cordial, but this year I am hoping that we can make enough to last us until the winter, when the tangy fragrant [...]


  • Cappuccino anyone? early-morning

    Jasper and I drive up into Mogliano every morning at 6.40, leaving us a generous margin of one and half minutes before his bus leaves. On a morning like today the trip is well worth it, giving us the chance to admire early skies like these. Tomorrow we’ll be even earlier, to get him to [...]

making things

  • Winter projects mirrors

    I’ve been indulging my love of mirrors. Of course it now takes Jasper twice as long to lay the table for supper, as he checks his appearance in all six between laying out the cutlery and fetching the glasses. Aldo prefers to avoid seeing himself in mirrors whenever possible; if he moves fast enough he [...]

Barefoot on the sand

I went for a walk last week expecting that, considering that we are into the first week of October, the other walkers would be safely buttoned up, instead of which I felt overdressed in a skirt and top…

and not a little surprised to find that everyone else has been reading about the benefits of walking barefoot in sea water

and sitting on the sand.

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