Cleaning out the skimmers of the swimming pool, we found a toad, head down under the water and not looking at all crisp. In fact, he looked as if he’d drowned.
Even when I tilted the basket full of leaves onto the slab by the fish pond, the toad had to be teased out of the basket. Once out, he just sat there, obligingly, an
d let me take his photo. But a scarlet glint in his eye suggested he was still alive. Later, he had disappeared.