Just back from a 10-day holiday in England, where I was an usher at my little brother’s wedding.

It all went very well, thanks. The only complaints I’d make are the slate-grey sky we saw almost every day, the size of the new shopping centres in Exeter and Leicester (which seem to be excessively large), and the price of beer in pubs.

Although Alex and Laura looked after écovallée and our guests magnificently while we were away (see their Life in Brian blog link on the right), you’ll appreciate there’s a lot to do right now. Projects include making a shelter for our wood pile, building a gazebo and roof for the clay oven (see below), tweaking the website to reflect next year’s more rustic offering, laying a 100-metre (100-yard) road and car parking area near the Play Yurt using our own hand-gathered stone, building the snail-shell shower cubicle we swapped through project1p, and writing a book designed to coincide with the screening of a 12-part TV series called “Little England”.

Which is why I’m in a blind panic at this very moment. You see, I used to think I had months to write the book. I used to think the TV show was going to be aired some time between October and April 2012.

But I was wrong.

Today’s post (US: mail) included a flyer that informs me “Little England” will start on Monday. This Monday. Monday September 12th. I don’t know which of the 12 shows we’re going to be in, but I strongly suspect I won’t have much time for blog writing between now and Christmas.