With all the rain that has been falling in the past couple of days I am not encouraged to prepare my orto (Italian for allotment) for the new growing season. It’s been quite a tough winter here: four considerable snowfalls plus the earthquake (which, like last year’s earthquake, occurred in January – hope it doesn’t become a regular fixture). However, at the beginning of this week I did manage to survey my contribution to the “good life” (remember that lovely sitcom with Felicity Kendal and the recently lamented late Richard Briers?) and felt I should commit myself more fully again to this languorous escape from supermarket vegetables and the daily grind. Here are some of the photographs taken of my “paradise garden”.