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Josh Bacon is perhaps the most handsome man in the valley. His good looks and ready smile make him particularly pleasant to be around. His landscaping business “Joshua Tree Gardens” has put him in regular contact with people from both the foreign and local communities and this is one of the things we like about him here at The Mag. Josh is married to the lovely Virginia, and together they live in a beautiful countryside home in the Monterchi area with their two kids, two dwarf goats, a horse, a Shetland Pony, chickens, 10,000 Guinnea Pigs their cat and a couple of excellent dogs. How did you end up living here in Italy? Josh: «I came here to visit a friend in Sansepolcro whom I’d met in Australia. It was planned to be a two weeks holiday, but I stayed with his family for two years. Next week they are hosting a dinner for me to celebrate my 10 year anniversary in Italy». How did you two meet? Virginia: «We met late one night in an infamous bar in Sansepolcro.» As a landscape gardener and tree surgeon do you feel a professional obligation to keep a nice garden at home? Josh: «I don’t think a plumber should have a dripping tap! No it’s not a professional obligation but I’m passionate about my work, and so I want to have a beautiful garden at home. It’s also a great platform to experiment with.» Did you work with landscapes and trees back in Australia? Josh: «My degree was in Botany and I’ve studied and worked in both Australia and Switzerland where the structural integrity and aesthetic value of the tree are both respected and appreciated.» Australians are generally “outdoor types”. Are you Josh? Josh: «Yes, that’s what drew me to this area (shame there’s no beach!) We love being outdoors and both of us grew up in the country close to the sea. We encourage our kids to be outside as much as possible 9

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