Bio: Peter Kerr was born in Lossiemouth, County Moray, but since his early childhood has lived (on and off) in East Lothian.
Having left school, Peter joined the Civil Service as an Executive Officer - but given his flamboyant and dynamic nature, he found the role inhibiting and far too conventional!
In the early '60s Peter moved to London to pursue a career as a professional jazz musician, touring with the Clyde Valley Stompers and recording for producer George Martin (who also produced for The Beatles). Peter, on the clarinet, was the leader of the band.
The Clyde Valley Stompers produced many a successful hit, one of which was the great 'Peter and the Wolf'. The band appeared on several television programs including The Morecambe and Wise show and Thank Your Lucky Stars. Their music was also featured on Radio 2 in Brian Matthews' Saturday Club Easy Beat Music show.
Back in East Lothian in the 1970s Peter became heavily involved in record production. His 'Amazing Grace', produced for the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, sold approximately 13 million records.
In the early 80s, Peter and his wife turned to farming, and farmed barley and beef cattle. When the recession hit, they took the bit between their teeth and decided to take their farming skills to Mallorca, where they bought an old farmhouse with an orange farm, mucked in with the locals and set to work.
The couple lived in Mallorca with their two sons for three years. Snowball Oranges, written on their return, hilariously recounts the early days.
Peter Kerr and his wife have now retired from farming and live back in East Lothian.
Visit Peter's website at: http://www.peter-kerr.co.uk Books by this author Snowball Oranges Thistle Soup Manana Manana Basketful of Snowflakes, A Viva Mallorca
It's the peak of orange harvesting season at the Kerrs' little farm in the entrancing Tramuntana Mountains of Mallorca, and the family are trying to relax into their new life on the sunny Spanish island. But it's also crunch time and, after an eventful first year, hard facts have to be faced. Will all the work they've invested in restoring their finca provide them with a decent living, or will their dream turn into a nightmare? Will Peter's new-found aptitude for manananess delay their home impr... more info>>
The Kerr family say goodbye to their orange farm in Mallorca, and put it up for sale after three years of hard work. The Mallorcan experience comes to an end with a farewell fiesta for neighbours and friends, full of comic shenanigans but tinged with sadness. But now begins the return-to-Scotland adventure, and what a cultural shock is in store. Welcomed back by family, the Kerrs make plans to start a deer farm on a remote hillside, the beginning of a period of challenges and change, of buying a... more info>>