Editing on THE ORCHARD has begun. After much deliberation, I found a trusted American company to work with. Meanwhile, I am keeping busy on the farm, baling hay, fixing barbed wire fences and splitting logs for our family to sell as firewood during the coronavirus pandemic. I’m still writing each morning. I can’t wait to put the finishing touches on The Orchard over the next couple of months at the advice of a talented editor.
We found a bat living in the covered area just outside our front door. He hangs upside down and gets horribly disorientated when you surprise him by opening the door at night to visit the outdoor toilet. I found out about him because one evening I heard Leonie screaming.
“It’s a BAT!”
“There’s a bat flying around me!”
“There’s no bats. What’re you on about?”
More screams. I finally went out to calm her down, and sure as shit, there was this mad, blind bat, flapping every which way but straight and Leonie right in the middle of it all.
“Jesus, Leonie! Careful, love, there’s a bat!”
We also have possums living in the roof, and some of the biggest lizards I’ve seen.