Flindt on Friday

FLINDT ON FRIDAY

Flindt on Friday: Thanks HMRC, but I think we're doing OK

When the “free money” texts came through, we both dismissed them at first. Over the years, our once-private mobile numbers have crept out into cyberspace, and the number of messages…

FLINDT ON FRIDAY

Flindt on Friday: King of the world... from atop the combine

When it’s a hot May day, too windy for spraying or that last dose of liquid fertiliser, there’s only one place to be: on the very top of the combine,…

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Flindt on Friday: Soil doom-mongers v hard harvest facts

Sometimes the most significant stuff pops up in the most unlikely of places. For instance, you’d hardly think that a Defra publication from December last year called Farming Statistics: Final…

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Flindt on Friday: Wanted – discreet source of tractor parts

It’s slightly embarrassing to have to ask – and let’s keep this between ourselves, shall we? – but does anyone know where I can get hold of new steering wheel…

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Flindt on Friday: Unnerving quiet of rural lockdown Britain

After 25 days of almost continuous and frantic tractor driving, it’s easy to forget the madness going on in the outside world. It’s best to keep the radio off, ignore…

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Flindt on Friday: Unexpected hazards on a furtive filter hunt

During a welcome pause in tractor work, I set off in the Skoda for a bit of a car drive – but with some trepidation. After all, the days of…

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Flindt on Friday: Big hand for grumpy farmer feeding nation

It wasn’t just me feeling the cold on the first morning of British Summer Time. My digital drill calibration scales were also being slow and lethargic. I was trying to…

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Flindt on Friday: Damaged pride on a proud stretch of lane

The secret of making a complete tit of yourself is to be sure no one sees it. We’ve all done it over the years: tripping over the enormous vacuum cleaner…

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Flindt on Friday: We farmers are masters of self-isolation

It was an odd feeling, tuning in to the radio in my tractor as the whole world seemed to be re-enacting On The Beach, 2020-style. It made grim listening, with…

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Flindt on Friday: Stockpiling is nothing new around here

OK, I confess: I am guilty of bulk-buying loo paper. There is a veritable mountain of it stacked in the old cloakroom. In my defence, I would like to point…

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Flindt on Friday: Electric saw leaves me in an eco-pickle

I got myself into a right old eco-pickle the other day. After one glorious day, March had turned cold and sleety, with a lazy north-east wind finding all the holes…

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Flindt on Friday: Bigger tractor defeats point of strip till

There was something not quite right about the local NFU AGM the other night, but I was damned if I could work out what it was. Was it the fact…

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