Writing a memoir was a slightly daunting task. I intended to share stories from over three generations of family farming, mainly recounting stories from our childhoods: my dad’s from when they moved to Garrendenny in 1945 when he was 7 years old, my childhood of the 1970s and also to provide stories from when we took over the farm in 2002 showing how why many things have changed, some elements remain very similar for children, no matter what era they [...]
I was chatting to a friend recently, I hadn’t seen her in months and she commented that I had kept my book quiet. Had I really? Surely I had told everyone. But then I realised that between finishing the boarding school book, writing the memoir, editing it and then into calving and the long winter, that I’ve been living the life of a hermit really. I’ve talked about it on social media but I haven’t been out much nor have [...]
My farming week revolved around the Ploughing Championships this week. Well, if I’m honest, it feels like the last two months have revolved around it as I’ve been busily writing, editing, getting feedback from my editor, briefing my illustrator, contacting printers and everything else that goes with self-publishing a book. I seem to make things worse for myself by writing good stuff when deadlines are looming!
I had contacted the editor of the Farming Independent, Louise Hogan, some months ago and [...]
Where on earth have I been these last couple of months? Well, I’ve mostly had my ass firmly sat on a chair in my dining room, drinking tea, eating high energy food (chocolate) and tapping away at the laptop to produce this masterpiece – An Ideal Farm Husband!
And why couldn’t I blog as well? [...]