Green Mountain

Love Letters

Tadpole Hunting

With sloshing feet, tadpole hunting can be a thing. Lunch guests celebrating a birthday here at Wildekrans Country House last weekend, were so taken by the gardens that they wanted to recreate them back in Tokai. First, they persuaded Barry to pot a baby Gunnera for an after lunch takeaway.

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Shaking the Grass

Strijdom van der Merwe previewed his documentary, Sculpting the Earth, at Woordfees a couple of weeks ago. Attending lectures and launches is something not to be missed, ever.

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The Love of Dirt

Leigh Voigt’s LULU PHEZULU, is my current book of choice. I was reminded of its beauty when recalling the quiet oil paintings of her late husband, Harold Voigt, with a recent art collecting hiker of the Green Mountain Trail.

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Where We Belong

We are not pretending that all is hunky-dory in the world. That said, living in Houw Hoek and the Elgin Valley remains a great privilege and we are doing our very best.

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Give That Wolf a Banana

A couple of Saturdays back, we bottled one hundred Barry Gould Family Wines’ A Simple Red 2018. The joy of this hands on family, friends and a neighbour morning, was immense and marked a change of seasons.

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A Kind Word

Last week I took a few pics, to help with directions, for those trying to find Casa di Simonetta. Adine is a hamlet in the centre of Chianti, consisting of a handful of properties

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I Think I Did Not Do So Badly

Paolo Sorrentino’s The Hand of God (2021) is an autobiographical drama about growing up in Naples. The title refers to the history of soccer. The movie references a visit by Federico Fellini to Naples to shoot his next film. Fellini is alleged to have expressed that the only use for movies, is a distraction from reality because “reality is lousy”.

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The Centre Will Not Hold

The Centre Will Not Hold (2017), produced by the late Joan Didion’s nephew Griffin Dunne, is an interview documentary that can be watched time and again. Joan Didion’s wisdom always inspires. Writer and art critic Hilton Als says, “The weirdness of America got into her bones and came out on the other side of a typewriter”.

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You Can’t Always Get What You Want

Monocle’s Chiara Rimella is the source of my 2022 commitments. On Christmas Eve she shared that “Ultimately, it’s the things that meant the most to us that will stick. And if there’s one lesson that we should have learnt in 2021, it’s to embrace the things that really matter to us – and not to fret about the rest.”

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