Name: Jo Knight.
Born: More years ago than I care to tell (!!) in Bournemouth.
Education: Clinton School; Abbey Hall (‘O’ Levels); Castle Hall VIth Form College (‘A’ Levels); University of Sheffield (2:1 BA Hons in Ancient History & Classical Archaeology).
Languages: colloquial Welsh, French, German & Greek; with a smattering of a few others….
Career: Jobs whilst at college: cashier for Bejam, then sold wedding dresses for Rackhams. RAF Logisitics Officer: until January 2007. Gelatière Artigianale & Farmer: January 2007-present.
Circumstances: Married (second time lucky); met husband Tony whilst building a snowman & married after a ‘whirlwind’ romance in 2003. Moved from Cotswolds to South West Wales in October 2005. No kids – unless you count the bunch down in the barn…!!
Religion: Theravada Buddhist.
Passions: organic farming; artisan gelato & cheesemaking; yoga; meditation; archaeology; Egyptology; medieval cookery; reading; writing fiction; blogging; walking; gardening.
Sports: Saddleseat equitation; competition carriage driving; archery; swimming; smallbore competiton shooting; skiing; falconry; chasing my chickens from where they’re not supposed to be (very frequently!).
Music: OMD; OneTwo; Medieval Babes; Thomas Dolby; Newton Faulkner; David Gray; Moby; Dido; Enya; + classical, traditional jazz, Celtic, New Age, Folk & Welsh Triple Harp music.
Book: ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte.
TV/Film: TV – ‘River Cottage’, ‘Trigger Happy TV’, ‘Rome’. Comedy – ‘Wallace & Gromit’, ‘Shrek’, ‘Bend it like Beckham’; Other Films – ‘English Patient’, ‘Wuthering Heights’, ‘Chocolat’, ‘Shawshank Redemption’, ‘Bladerunner’, ‘The Queen’, ‘Lord of the Rings’ Trilogy.
Art: Lydia Kiernan; Martin Cooper; Angela Connor; Lawrence Alma-Tadema.
Poem: ‘Fern Hill’ by Dylan Thomas – poem highly evocative of my childhood.
Places: Tuscany; Sri Lanka. But the best place of all has to be our Ffarm.
Achievements: Representing Great Britain in the 1996 Saddleseat Equitation World Cup in Kentucky, USA.
Influences: Reg Bostock – Kenilworth farmer of neighbouring Oaks Farm, who took me ‘under his wing’ during my childhood.
Most Amazing Experience: Hmmm, I’ll have to get back to you on this one….
Favourite Maxim: “Live in the present – my gift to you”
–Thanks for stopping by & feel free to stay awhile.-