Top critical review
Easy read - interesting if you like Kate Humble or are thinking of starting a smallholding
on 12 May 2014
An autobiography of how Kate Humble bought her own small holding and a farm in Wales. Starting in 2007, Kate and her husband escaped London and found a rural idyll in Monmouthshire, a small holding where she keeps chickens, sheep and pigs. Then they embark on buying a farm from the council to stop it being broken up into barn conversions and land for new houses. This farm is turned into a small business giving courses on rural skills, everything from keeping a pig to foraging for food in hedgerows. All the while this is going on Kate is filming 'Lambing Live' which was and still is a huge success.
I really enjoyed watching 'Springwatch', 'Autumnwatch' etc with Kate Humble and Chris Packham (I may have a small crush on Chris and have done since 'The Really Wild Show' in the 1980s). Then Kate left to start 'Lambing Live', a live show during lambing season showing how a sheep farm works all year round, with the added benefit of seeing lots of cute lambs being born. Kate's enthusiasm is infectious, both on screen and in this book, she is passionate about our farming heritage and fights long and hard to save her farm. I really enjoyed reading about her farm and life beyond the camera, although I would have liked to know more about her life pre-'Lambing Live' but this isn't an autobiography of her life, just a small snippet of it.
All in all, an easy read which will make you think keeping chickens in your small back garden is totally possible until your boyfriend bring you back to reality.