Hemingway’s garden

Here you can find the beginning of this story.

And in this post you will see the photos of Hemingway’s finca in Habana.

Unlike his actual house, the garden was neat and uncluttered. The silence, as I mentioned in the last post, was incredible.

There was the bell, right above his front door. Was this the inspiration for the novel “For whom the bell tolls”? We thought so.


The trees luscious and green, creating shady areas and sheltering the path that took from the house to his swimming pool. And what a swimming pool!


It was a pity it was empty

The white wooden structures around the pool were clearly once covered with climbing plants, maybe wisteria, maybe passiflora, maybe clematis. I could imagine the long tentacles of flowers drooping towards the cool water in which some ladies, clad in full-bodied bathing suits, laughed and Hemingway with a handful of guests sipped mojitos and lounged in shorts on the cast iron chairs.


There were some climbing plants around the house, but not around the pool.


His boat was also in the garden. Obviously brought there after his death and placed so as to be easily accesible to tourists, Pilar gave me the impression of being old and barely alive. A boat shouldn’t be out of the water, in a garden on a hill. It just didn’t feel right.



There was also a mini dog cemetery. Apparently all of Hemingway’s dogs were much loved and…nearly all of them black? Well, at any rate, three out of four had “black-inspired” names. 😀

DSC_1035In the post about Hemingway’s house, I put photos of his “studio” (the one with the typewriter and the telescope). Well, the view from there was breathtaking… no wonder he felt inspired to write when he was up there!



About Full Of Daisies

I am permanently in love. Things I like: purple, pasta, silk, autumn, the smell of mould, candles, cachi, having friends, water, new things, rice, eggs (all eggs!), fresh grass, olive trees, shiny things, glitter, hanging objects, windcatchers, wind, couscous, wasabi, carnivores, presents, snow, leaves, orchids, feathers, cappelletti, meat, fruit (all fruit), more del gelso (Morus alba L.), pigs, candles, christmas, polenta fritta!, separating egg whites from yokes in my hands, cartoons, dragons, the ocean, nudibranchi, cows, mercury (the metal), cosmos (the flowers), thunderstorms, Mika, turtles, acquariums, green and blue (mixed), siccamores, spring, snails, 24, porc with a sweet sauce (apple, cranberry, tomatoes jam), looking at a swimming pool upsidedown and underwater, english accent, open-minded people, driving, blue skies, checkered tablecloths, butterflies, books and cartoons in rhyme, painting eggs, the star-shadows that football players have, silver, laughing, Vivaldi, bells and chimes, white and purple, creating. Complete Happiness: Early morning. Sun, with a breeze; a pond with water lilies. A house, with a garden, full of plants. A vegetable patch, lemon, orange and mandarin trees. Cosmos everywhere. Birds in the trees; a tortoise eating the salad from the vegetable patch; a mammal (I couldn’t decide which one would make me happier) close by. No houses for as far as the eye can see. Me, a man that loves me and that I love. Friends coming over for a lunch that I have to prepare, and have all the ingredients for all ready in the kitchen.


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