Midwife Toads, Le Bourmier.
‘As Gregory Bateson insisted (1973: 429), the mind is not bounded by the body but extends along the multiple sensory pathways that bind every living being into the texture of the world. These pathways, as we have seen, are both traced on the ground as tangible tracks and threaded through the air as trails of scent.’
Midwife Toad (Alytes obstetricans)
As a gardener, walking up and down my quite big garden on sloping terrain, I am very aware of the gradient – whether or not it has rained and the ground is slippery, when I have to take more care, for example, how I place my feet. I have to measure my energy levels also as I get older, changing how I garden and what I grow. Gilles Clément’s approach (the garden in movement) concurs with mine.
The weather plays a prime role in what I do on a daily basis. Perhaps changes in weather are affecting the decreasing population of snakes, and other small mammals and amphibia around me. I am attaching a recording of the Midwife Toad’s (Alytes obstetricans) made about a decade ago when throughout the summer we were almost always entertained over meals al fresco by their musical accompaniment. Sadly, since the past few years, we are lucky if we hear a solo.