Milk is a magic liquid. Alan and Valerie Kingston know that. They know something about its mystery, and its multiplicity. At Glenilen Farm, just outside Drimoleague, Mr and Mrs Kingston have spent fifteen years exploring not just the magic of milk, but also the maths of milk, as their milk has begotten butter, yogurt, cream, and so on.
As a team, they represent the ideal union: he the dairy farmer whose family had milked cows on the banks of the River Ilen for generations, she the dairy science graduate with a spell working amidst nomadic people in Burkina Fasso, helping to transform milk into cheese to provide food during the dry season. “Alan and Valerie Kingston are people who are producing common things, uncommonly”, Myrtle Allen once said of them. Exactly.