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).


  • 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 [...]


  • An Italian Moment mogliano-morning-snow

    This kind of view is best appreciated by someone sitting in a warm house. Yesterday our giant one thousand six hundred litre plastic gas bottle, buried out of sight in front of our house, ran dry. It wasn’t the first time that I’ve been caught unawares, there was the memorable November when we had two [...]

making things

  • My models my-models

    None of our children suffer from false modesty and they had a lovely time putting on different scarves and wrist warmers in front of the mirror until the moment came when I ushered them outside. On a day which switched from bright sunshine to snow storms modelling cashmere outdoors seemed hard work. Each time I [...]

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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