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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. They then learnt that they would need a watercourse to ensure that their Gunnera had wet feet. With a watercourse of course you need frogs (akin to Laura Numeroff’s If You Give a Pig a Pancake…), so they went tadpole hunting after their dessert. To plan your own special weekend, lunch and tadpole hunt, BE IN TOUCH HERE.

Artist Wilma Cruise had dropped in for tea a few days before (pictured below). We chatted about iterations and reiterations and verbs and nouns. Wilma has just completed her new studio on a cliff overlooking the sea at Breakwater Bay, between Victoria Bay and Herold’s Bay. Wilma is currently working on a concept around re – iteration. She visited, not only for tea, but also to see Sacroiliac Dementia 2000 (SID) who you can see in the tadpole pic above. SID will be a major source of Wilma’s RE – ITERATION which we are very excited about. In the meantime you can view Wilma’s work at Tokara opening 4 December, A Coterie of Cats.

My plans to assist Stefano Guideri with Casa di Simonetta’s 2022 olive harvest came to nought. Stefano’s “mi dispiace lei non provare questa emozione. Per me e’ un vero divertimento fare la raccolta.” expresses the importance of this time of year for each olive grower. Our neighbour and friend Elissa assisted farmer Michele Colella (pictured below) and has twenty precious litres of gold for her fun-filled labour. It has been a wonderfully abundant harvest year for Italy, Viva. To stay at Casa di Simonetta reply by email, you will love this corner of Chianti, Toscana.

Yoga teacher and friend, Jo Steinhobel, shared this Rumi quote this week. Love, love this.

Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.”

– Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi

With love,

PPS: Get your feet wet (or pull on some gumboots!), make a stocking net from a wire coat hanger and head for a still pond or creek. Reach as far as you can into the pond and drag your net along the bottom where the little tadpoles are hiding. Lift your net half way out of the water to see if any tadpoles are splashing around in the bottom of the net. If you catch one, scoop it out with your hand and place it in a container filled with water from the pond. If you want to take the tadpoles home, make sure when you fill the container you also scoop up lots of good plant matter from the bottom of the pond for the tadpoles to live off. As the tadpoles’ legs begin to grow they will need a place to rest. Use some stones or gravel to make an island for them.

PPPS: Stefano’s literally translated words are, “I’m sorry for you not to feel this emotion. For me it is a real fun to collect”.

PPPPS: We also use the swimming pool net for walkabout puff adders.