Lorraine Turnbull. Top Author Of The Week.

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This week’s Top Author, is Lorraine Turnbull. Lorraine wanted to be a farmer since she was five years old.  After running a successful gardening business in Glasgow she uprooted herself and her family and moved to a run-down agriculturally tied bungalow in Cornwall.  She retrained as a teacher and taught horticulture at both adult & further education level, whilst running a one acre smallholding.  After working as a Skills Co-ordinator for The Rural Business School, she began started Spotty Dog Cider in 2010.

In 2014 she was recognised for her contribution to sustainable living by winning the Cornwall Sustainability Awards Best Individual category.

After successfully removing the Agricultural Occupancy Condition on her home she relocated to France; where unsurprisingly, she continues to run a smallholding and make cider.

She has published three books, The Sustainable Smallholders’ Handbook (2019), How to live the Good Life in France (2020) and Living off the Land: My Cornish Smallholding Dream (2020).

Hi Lorraine. Thank you for joining us today! Post a photo of you that we won’t have seen everywhere else. (What a brilliant photo, Lorraine!)

Where do you write?

Use three photos or images to describe your personality.

Share a photo of your favourite holiday destination.

Post a photo of something that you baked, learnt or made during lockdown. (Great work! I can’t sew or knit, so I find this mightily impressive.)

You can purchase Lorraine’s book here: Amazon book page.



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