A book

First, let me get the good news out of the way – I am about to start writing a book about Otter Farm. This is technically incorrect – in that I have already started, but the important distinction between today and yesterday is that someone is paying me to.

This has two important implications – firstly, joy and relief: I have an income that relates directly to Otter Farm. Secondly, what was coming comparatively easily and painlessly from head to hard drive has suddenly become weighted and sluggish: I have a boss. Or at least the notion of a ‘boss’.

I am good at this – asking for something, getting it, and making myself unworthy. It is an impersonation of our ridiculous cricket team. I will not be like our ridiculous cricket team.

I feel comfortable sharing the good news with you, dear regular reader, as you know I am equally forthcoming with the cockups and disasters. The flood this time last year, was pretty impressive – a once in 40 year sluice out for the area, many of the almonds dying… I could go on, but I should try to retain at least a veneer of success and professionalism.

The book will be called ‘A Taste of Otter Farm’ and should be out this time next year.

Here’s a picture to spruce things up a bit.

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  • Well done!! Who did you get to sign on the dotted line in the end!?? Congratulations to Otter Farm and all who live by her xxxxx

  • Hi Mark – good luck with the book. If you can inject the same level of light hearted humour into it that you managed with the RC veg book and the blog it will be sure fire winner.

    p.s. any plans for any farm "open days"in the offing ?

  • Blimey, everyone's being rather nice! thank you. I'd better ensure it's not entirely crap now hadnt I.

    Open days – I do think about it, but the place is usually fairly untidy and quite a few of the plants are reasonably young – so it doesn't look as impressive as the idea a lot of the time. But yes, I will, at some point. I guess I'll have to try and keep a few more things alive too

  • We could make them according to a recipe by Otter Lenghi.

    (have tried for ages to think up a better one than that and can't)

  • That's great news! Are you using your own photos as illustrations? They are ratehr wonderous and it would also make any extravagent camera-related purchases entirely justified…

    Now GET WRITING!

  • Emma T – those biscuits look gurt lush!

    D/LGF thank you, and I'll mention that you gave me permission for camera stuff to Mrs D when she looks at me quizically/murderously

    And thanks again for all the pleasant words x