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).

recipes

  • Petrol and sloe gin sloe-gin

    I cannot pretend that it is all easy. Aldo and I grew up on different continents, speak different languages and had reached quite grand old ages before we met. Of course the differences between us can be enchanting; I love being fussed over, having him drape his jacket over my shoulders to protect me from [...]

Italian

  • 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

  • Hibernation, paused knit

    As soon as the first fire of the season is lit I dig out my wool and crochet hook and offer the menfolk of the house a crocheted gilet. Every year they turn me down: wiser than Dickie they realise that the serious business of manhood would be somewhat compromised by a crocheted gilet. Suddenly [...]

Keeping time

churchmogJasper took up the piano last year and I took these photographs while he was at his lesson this week. Mogliano is empty on weekday afternoons between lunch and five, and the misty February air and the echo of my footsteps gave the town an eerie, timeless feel.

This year I decided to take up the piano again.  I think of myself as having recently given it up so it was startling to realise that my last lesson was 37 years ago. I wondered whether this explained my struggle to keep up with the metronome as I massacred a Bach prelude; after all Jasper has been whisking through Scott Joplin with the metronome without difficulty.  But after a few weeks I downloaded a metronome app onto my phone, thus revealing Jasper’s musical flexibility, in adapting to our old metronome’s moody beat. time

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