With just a few days to go we breathlessly sample fresh olive oil, label bottles, pack boxes and try and slot into place the final pieces of the book and olive tour in England, when we will be bringing embroidered aprons and farm almonds too. (Visit our online shop for a picture of the kitchen aprons).
Here are the dates. If you are not in the UK but would still like to read the book, please try Amazon through this site or your local bookshop. By using Amazon through this site it helps us a little. Many thanks. Tell your friends and by all means get in touch with us direct. We are so grateful of the support we receive from around the world.
Chipping Norton: Saturday, 4 December, noon onwards. Book presentation and signing, Jaffe&Neale bookshop.
York: Monday, 6 December, 6.30pm. Book presentation and signing, Blake Head Bookshop and Vegetarian Cafe, 104 Micklegate.
Sheringham: Wednesday, 8 December, 11am-12.30pm. Book signing, Bertram A Watts, 10 Church Street.
Bawdeswell: Thursday, 9 December, 11am-12.30pm. Oil tasting and book signing, The Park Charity Cafe and Deli, Dereham Road.
Norwich: Thursday, 9 December, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Book presentation, signing and olive oil tasting. Jarrolds, Exchange Street. This will be a ticket event – call 01603 660661.
Letheringsett: Friday, 10 December, 12 noon – 2pm. Olive oil tasting. Back To The Garden farm shop.
Holt: Friday, 10 December, 6.30pm-8pm. Book presentation and signing. Holt Bookshop, 10 Appleyard. This will be a ticket event – call 01263 715858.
Swaffham: Saturday, 11 December, 11am onwards. Book presentation, and signing, olive oil tasting, Christmas food and gifts day. Strattons Hotel, Ash Close.
The good news is we are almost on track. What worries us is that because we live half way up a mountain a thousand miles away from our publishers we will not see a book until a day before the first event. The weather could be a challenge too, with snow predicted here there and everywhere.
One chestnut has been which vehicle we should hire for such a grand excursion. I have literally spent days trawling through online websites, balancing costs with load space, economy, performance and comfort, and we have finally opted to put our faith in Fiat. The Iveco Daily Rent company makes sense given their Europe-wide network, and we will be putting 4500 kilometres on the clock of a Scudo Multijet.
If that all sounds a bit technical, my apologies, but in a dim and distant past life I was a motoring journalist, and I have half a mind to write detailed road test report if any journal is interested. Our tour will certainly have a motoring flavour because in Shaking The Tree I have a mild tilt at Jeremy Clarkson. Well, he has been rude about Norfolk and about people who live in Spain.
We may even get to discuss such trivia face to face. He auctioned a copy of the book for charity in his home town of Chipping Norton last month, and should be up to speed by now as proofs were handed to him after the event. Maybe he will pop along when I show up to sign copies in his local bookshop on December 4.
Maggie’s appearance at the Gentleman’s Walk Farmers’ Market in Norwich a week ago was so enjoyable and rewarding, hence a big thank you to everyone who came to taste and buy our fresh olive oil.
Following her England visit, and as news of the website and our oil widens, the orders and new customers increase.
These include the The Hub Cafe and Gallery at 9 Netherconesford, King St, Norwich, and also Dolly’s Country Larder in King’s Parade, Cottingham, East Yorkshire.
Our shipments to the UK are increasing all the time, so see our online shop for details or, if you are a chef of deli owner, get in touch.
And the pies and fudge?
On the farmers’ market stall next to Maggie were Perfect Pies, the award winning Norfolk feasts made by Nell Montgomery and Sarah Pettegree of Bray’s Cottage, Hindolveston. Maggie even managed to get an intact pie back to Mother’s Garden, by way of apology for failing to organize a pork pie for Christmas breakfast. (My grandpa was from near Melton Mowbray and family traditions are to be devoured not sniffed at.) So I am a discerning connoisseur of pork pies and have to say, Nell and Sarah, it was, underlined, utterly magnificent.
Maggie also brought back some Fab Fudge, made by the market organisers Tracey Farrow and Jeff Betts. Cor and double cor.