It was howling a gale outside when Amelia from Radio New Zealand showed up at my door. We immediately headed out for a walk through the paddocks. She had a black box hanging from her side, and she was holding two very large, imposing microphones.
When the gusts picked up she would jump from one side of me to the other, trying to block the noisy wind with her body and always holding one of the microphones in front of my mouth. I tried to pretend like this was normal, and I continued answering whatever question she’d asked.
I took Amelia to meet the olive grove, the river, the pigs, and the chooks. Afterwards we returned to the shelter of the house, drank some sweet fennel tea, and tasted our olive oil.
So I was nervous last night when CJ and I curled up on the couch together to listen to ‘Country Life’ on Radio New Zealand National. I’m still not entirely sure if I sounded like a rambling, maniacal doofus or not.
What do you think? Is that the sound of a doofus?
You can listen to the ‘Moon over Martinborough’ interview (edited down to 24 minutes) on the Radio New Zealand website. (Note that at the time of the interview, I was still calling CJ by his pseudonym of ‘Rick’. So don’t let that confuse you! ‘Rick’ is CJ.)
And tell me… doofus or no?
Moon over Martinborough interview (24:35)
A visit to our Martinborough olive grove to see how CJ and I are faring with our trees.
Bonus audio: Henry and Francoise (3:09)
Chicken heartbreak. The story of the late blooming love of Old Man Henry and Francoise the Aracauna.