Kick­starter is nearly com­plete, and what a smash­ing success!

-- November 1st, 2014 --
avery me tower What a whirl­wind the last three weeks has been!  “Tonight at 7.30: One Family’s Life at the Table” is ever nearer real­ity. Thanks to YOU all, with five days to go, we are very nearly at 140% of our goal, which means Kick­starter has been un unbe­liev­able suc­cess.  Over 200 back­ers from every cor­ner of the globe, over 500 books spo­ken for!  Pop on over to the page to order yours, if you have had it on that list of things to do and just haven’t got­ten around to it. We are just hours away from choos­ing our printer, which means that the books will appear some­where between 8–9 weeks from now.  It will be an unbe­liev­able thrill to hold the books in our hands. Mean­while, look what appeared in the post here in our Lon­don home this week! apron My dar­ling niece Jane is famous for not recog­nis­ing me once when she came to Red Gate Farm because I was NOT wear­ing an apron!  It’s a com­plete thrill to see this one, but I’m not going to put it on until the book has gone to the printer.  I just don’t quite believe it yet. I have learned more than I can pos­si­bly tell you, through this process.  It’s been great fun hear­ing from peo­ple from all walks of my life: grade school right through grad school, bell-ringing, old the­atre days and musi­cal days, from for­mer babysit­ters and cur­rent Lost Prop­erty vol­un­teers.  Every­one wants a copy of “Tonight at 7.30″! haddock page Every­one has laughed with me over the story of the roasted turkey slith­er­ing to the kitchen floor dur­ing the film­ing of our Kick­starter video, and my loved ones have been very patient in their lis­ten­ing to my tales of the steep learn­ing curve.  More peo­ple than I could ever have dreamed pos­si­ble have jumped on board with our project, with orders com­ing from as far away as Sin­ga­pore, Aus­tralia and Den­mark, as close to home as Chiswick and Eal­ing, and as homely and sweet as my child­hood home­town of Indi­anapo­lis, John’s of Water­loo, and our pre­cious New York.  The most amaz­ing thing has been the num­ber of books ordered by peo­ple I’ve never met — vir­tual friends from Face­book and the blog world, friends of friends whom I feel I know because they’ve been such loyal read­ers and sup­port­ers.  And then there are per­fect strangers who have ordered the book. I’m unrecog­nis­able to myself in all the techy things I’ve learned to do!  Who knew I could make a “screen shot”! Screen Shot 2014-11-02 at 09.04.55 I sin­cerely hope lots of you will send me pic­tures of the book on your kitchen counter, spat­tered with olive oil and cream. The next blog post will be about our recent adven­tures in Prague, where we took a few days away from the cook­book and savoured life as tourists.  Until then, thank you…