A beautiful farm in Fiesole
During the week of October half term, friends and family of Jane and Jeremy Blanchard gathered in the fields of their beautiful farm in Fiesole near Florence, to pick their 2012 crop of olives.
Amongst them was my eight-year-old daughter Scarlett Clarkson. Scarlett was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in January 2011, and is still undergoing treatment at the John Radcliffe hospital Oxford.
Jane and Jeremy are neighbours here in England, and have been fantastically supportive as they have watched Scarlett go through two years of intensive chemotherapy treatment.