Book and Farm News from Notaires

Well, since self-publishing my first ebook last week, I’ve sold 6 copies of Oh Auntie on Kindle and 7 on Smashwords – and I didn’t buy any of them!

A very slow start, but that’s OK. I haven’t actually done any publicity for the book. I just wanted to get an ebook out there to see how it all works. I’ll be getting my head down to plan a proper marketing campaign for future books. Heads Above Water, my non-fiction book about moving to France and our early experiences here, and which features carp heavily, is nearing completion. That’s the one I really want to push, so I need to work out how.

On the farm front, Cadella, our brand new baby alpaca, is coming on well.

Her breathing was a little laboured at times, and her nose seemed blocked, so we’d brought her and mum (reluctantly) into shelter for Monday night.

On Tuesday she had a fine runny nose and she’s breathing much better now.

Possibly she was born with a slight infection, or she inhaled fluid during the delivery process – I’m not sure but something had been irritating her nasal passages. So, we’ll keep an eye on her but she’s bouncing around happily at the moment. We didn’t rush to get the vet out. I took Nessie in to the surgery to have her stiff leg investigated – it’s arthritis – and noticed that the vet we trust most with our llamas is off on holiday. His younger colleague doesn’t have such a good success rate with our animals, shall we say! For that reason, so long as Cadella continues to make steady progress, we’ll manage the situation ourselves. She has a good appetite.

We put the three Suffolk sheep – named Lavenham, Debenham and Tuddenham after three villages close to where I grew up in Suffolk – into their field. We finally finished patching up the fencing along the back to make it what we hope is sheep-proof. Chris and Benj whacked in some more posts, and added more strands of barbed wire where it was needed. I did a bit of that too and this time didn’t make too many holes in myself. So out came the sheep from their stable. Chris had to carry number one ewe out to the field, and sheep are heavy, because she refused to walk on a lead. As did the ram, so he arrived in the field upside down being carried by his legs by Chris and Benj. If only I’d had the camera! However, we were all involved in the moving out process somewhere along the line, even Rors.

Only the second ewe condescended to come under her own steam. The three of them seem very happy with their new home. I’ve been Pavlov-ising them for a week, and they are totally conditioned to come running over to me when I rattle a bucket of pellets and shout ‘Sheepies!’. I’m hoping that if they ever escape, that will make it easier to round them up. Time will tell, I dare say!

Oh yes, and should you want to buy Oh Auntie for your Kindle, go to or and type the title in, making sure to opt for the ebook option. Thank you!



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