Apple Island Wife the book finds a home with crowdfunding publisher Unbound

Tuesday was quite a big day for me. I signed a contract with Unbound, a crowdfunding and publishing phenomenon who have changed the face of publishing in the UK. As long as I meet my crowdfunding target they will publish Apple Island Wife – one woman’s adventures on five acres in Tasmania, in digital and … More Apple Island Wife the book finds a home with crowdfunding publisher Unbound

Pride of place – Langdale Farm pork at the Sprout Tasmania dinner at Stillwater

Somebody asked me last night whether I’d be better off stacking shelves at Coles than I am running a small farm and food business with my husband and writing on the side. Luckily he was a charming person so I didn’t mind being asked. I have no idea what you’d make stacking shelves at Coles. … More Pride of place – Langdale Farm pork at the Sprout Tasmania dinner at Stillwater

These little piggies went to market (except for the one that the abattoir lost)

This week the abattoir lost one of our pigs. ‘Did it run away?’ asked Smudge, very sensibly. But no, it didn’t run away, as it was dead. They didn’t lose a live pig. They lost the carcass. We’ve learned to take the rough with the smooth and the unexpected since moving into small diversified farming … More These little piggies went to market (except for the one that the abattoir lost)

Judging the Tasmanian Short Story Writers’ Competition 2017

Blow me down if I wasn’t asked to be one of the judges for this year’s Tasmanian Writers’ Competition for short stories. The competition is run by the lovely people at Tasmania Forty South, with an ‘island’ theme. An anthology of the best entries is launched at the Hobart Writers’ Festival in the years when … More Judging the Tasmanian Short Story Writers’ Competition 2017

Tassie paddock to French plate – legendary French chef Alain Passard woos diners at Peacock and Jones

Not many in rural Tasmania dine in 3-star Michelin style very often, but we had the chance to do so last week, when legendary chef Alain Passard visited our island and created three spectacular dining events, at Josef Chromy Winery, Peacock and Jones Hobart, and Drysdale, the restaurant of TasTAFE in Launceston. In these celebrity … More Tassie paddock to French plate – legendary French chef Alain Passard woos diners at Peacock and Jones

Sticked and mounted. Polo training at The Creech

My only source of knowledge about polo, prior to visiting The Creech in Tasmania, is the Jilly Cooper novels I’ve read. The impression I have from those is that people who play polo are usually Argentinian, born into landed gentry, or live in the English Cotswolds. I’m not qualified to play in any sense, then. But … More Sticked and mounted. Polo training at The Creech