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Here’s an apparently contrarian thought. Give space and the recipient, as if a flower, blossoms. The image above shows Cowpen daisy wildflowers below Castle Rock, at VERMEJO PARK, a Ted Turner Reserve in New Mexico. Even looking at the photo inspires one to dance or at least throw arms in the air in creative delight.

Roberto Protozione, GM of CASTELFALFI in Tuscany, heads a resort of some 1,200 hectares, of which 75 hectares are vineyards.  He says more and more people coming to the 120-room Preferred resort ask ahead of time about outdoor experiences?  Biking? Hiking? Padel? Tennis? He has’em all, and now he also has to provide equipment, which must be the best.

Golfers, who come to Castelfalfi en masse, are prepared to bring their own clubs.  When they arrive, they find 27 holes ready and waiting. There is an 18-hole Mountain Course designed in 2010 by Rainer Preissmann and Wilfried Morodor, par 72, 6,351 metres.  The following year a nine-hole Lake Course, by the same design pair, was added (par 37, 3,171 metres). Question from Girlahead, admittedly a non-golfer: the year of a golf course, when it was designed or  when it was ready for play?

There is, by the way, no golf at Vermejo. But there the 239,098 hectares are enough to contain antelope, 1,400 bison, deer, elk, mountain lion, Summer-time rattlesnakes, 180-plus species of birds (including bald and red-tailed eagles) and so on. As well as biking and hiking, archery and shooting, there’s also Orvis fishing, on 17 lakes and 30 miles of stream.

See what space does.