The start of his third year at River Cottage finds Hugh happily ensconced with pregnant sheep and fattened steers but as ever cash is in short supply.
His long-term plan is to produce the ultimate free-range roasting chicken, but once that is set in motion with the purchase of 3 varieties of hen and an obliging Indian Game cockerel, he displays his normal ingenuity by selling home-made sorbets to tourists sweltering in the summer traffic jams, turning wood-pigeons into kebabs at the local race-course and even training Delia the pig to hunt for expensive truffles.
The future of the whole smallholding is thrown into question when it transpires there is a fertility crisis amongst his livestock, but it turns out he’s just been treating them too well!
In addition to all his agricultural activities, Hugh finds time to make some felt from his sheeps’ wool, turn out for the local cricket team and even, with the help of a few dozen mackerel, become a living embodiment of Poseidon at the Eype Beach Sculpture competition.
After throwing a Hallowe’en party where the ancient Dorset tradition of Pumpkin Fettling is revived - Hugh seals another perfect year by getting himself some company, Dolly the dog.
It would appear River Cottage really will be Forever.
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