Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Steaming flanks

Not many rumblings from here at Manor Cottages of late. Is it just that time of year? The cow parsley is high, the mayfly are out and about, and maybe we're all outdoors and fishing whenever we can? Oh I wish it were the case. The marketing of Mr Hardy still takes up most of my time but Heike has decamped to deepest Eastern Germany to research a new documentary; a story from the days of the old Stasi, the East German secret police. Meanwhile not to be outdone, I've dusted down the trusty camera and started shooting a film around here. 

We discovered a fascinating organic dairy farmer, who we visited back on my birthday and felt we just had to make a film about Hooky. 'Hook and son' produce organic raw milk and are the kind of set-up we at Trufflepig really admire - people dedicated to an idea and passionate about what they do. In many ways not a huge leap from the early Hardy Brother themselves. But besides that, ever since reading Tess of the D'urbervilles I've always wanted to walk amongst the steaming flanks of cows on a misty dawn. Who said romanticism is dead? Mind you I'm not milking them, I'm filming them but that's almost as good. You wouldn't believe how funny cows can be either!