“What for?” I asked.
“To be on TVNZ’s Breakfast. They want to talk to you.”
I was incredibly happy. Breakfast is a New Zealand morning news and talk show that’s been running since 1997. It’s sort of like the New Zealand version of Good Morning America or The Today Show.
A week later I got another call from Jennifer. “We don’t need you to go to Auckland anymore.”
“You mean I lost my spot? Breakfast doesn’t want me?” I said. I couldn’t believe they’d changed their minds.
“No, no. Now they want to come to you. They want footage of the olive grove and the pigs.”
Olive harvest time
Right about that time, I was planning a day off from my job in Wellington to be here on the property for our olive harvest, which was going to be mid-week. This year we hired a mechanical tree shaker to do our harvest. I suggested to Jennifer that the camera crew show up on the day of the olive harvest to get footage of the tree shaker.
Sure enough, a week later a TVNZ cameraman and reporter were knocking on our door, just as the harvest was underway down in the olive grove.
They were here for a couple hours altogether. They got 60 minutes of footage. Then they took that footage into the studio and cut it down to a couple minutes.
I can’t tell you how many times I had to lift Ethel the Chicken (our last remaining Fat English Lady) for the camera, then set her down, then lift her up again just to get the shot from another angle. In the end poor Ethel got barely a second of screen time!
As luck would have it, my Mom was here for the book launch and so was CJ’s Aunt Mims (who appears as ‘Aunt Charlie’ in the book – I’ve blown her cover now!). James the TVNZ reporter interviewed them too. The were both thrilled.
Here’s the video below. Can you spot the brief appearance of Ethel?
Note: Big thanks to Mike for helping get the video clip together!