Today is 27th February, Independence Day in the Dominican Republic and also the first anniversary of the publication of my book, "What about your saucepans?"
The year has flown by and it was only a couple of days later last year, March 2nd that we moved into the campo up in the mountains.
My dream for the book was that everybody who loved the Dominican Republic would read it, and in the first year it has sold around 800 copies. So there is still a long way to go! Through the book I have met all sorts of new people both in person and on line, which has been both fun and rewarding.
Today, being the book's birthday it received a great present with an interview with me published in The Displaced Nation which is a fabulous website with insights into travel and travelers around the world. You can read it here. There is also the chance to win a free copy of the Kindle version of the book - all you need to do is leave a comment.
Meanwhile life in the campo goes on. The puppies, Panda and Pandora are growing up fast.
One of the hens is now sitting on a load of eggs - in the recycled wardrobe and I have just noticed she is on top of one of my best towels.
And Danilo has installed a bar for the chickens. Instead of just drinking water from a Presidente bottle they can now choose between Presidente and Brugal rum!
Tomorrow I am off on holidays to the most beautiful part of the country, the south west corner so the next blog will be reporting on that. When I get back the chicks should have been born too - something else to look forward to. Maybe I will get my towel back then.