my grandmother had a saying

No todo el monte es orégano, she would say. Not all the hill is oregano. Life’s not always easy, in other words — a common enough phrase, we would learn (and not always meant unkindly) – but at the time it rang strangely in our young ears and danced just out of reach of our rich, naive imaginations.

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Rose Brissenden
Preparing the Limonata

Choose wisely. Only lemons with thick, porous skin and a heady scent will do. Sicilian, naturally – Amalfi(an?) at a push. The irregular ones, bulbous in shape, and with a tell-tale dimple from where they once grew.

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Rose Brissenden
Mediterranean Moods

In 1911, J.E. Crawford Flitch chronicled his travels around the Balearic islands. Intoxicated by Ibiza, he was inspired by a vivid scene of young locals revelling at dusk:

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Rose Brissenden