Flindt on Friday

FLINDT ON FRIDAY

Flindt on Friday: Suspiciously 'matey' van man gets me cross

Dear Chelsea Gardens, I owe you a large and public apology. When you dropped in unannounced the other day, I was somewhat less that courteous; in fact, it could be…

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Flindt on Friday: Tech unearths farmland’s ancient secrets

There I was, standing in the Drier Yard, staring out over the peas in Blackhouse Road, wondering where all the pigeons were, when a large black estate car drove in.…

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Flindt on Friday: Rounding the final corner towards harvest

Sometimes the most significant events in the farming year can sneak by almost unnoticed. The other day, for instance, I was leafing through Cropdoctor Tod’s huge sheaf of agri-prescriptions to…

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Flindt on Friday: Pea and bean panic mid-pint in the 'Pots

Over the many Tuesday nights that neighbour Robert and I have spent propping up the bar in the Jolly Flowerpots, we’ve witnessed a few bombshells. Chips appearing on the bar…

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Flindt on Friday: Activists take offence to farming defence

I suppose it was inevitable: I’ve been thrown off a Facebook page. The big surprise is that it was one of the pages for our local charming Georgian town. Now,…

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Flindt on Friday: Gove goes woke in Packham's wake

I have a friend who lives for his pigeon shooting. At certain times of the year – now, for instance, his three most prized possessions are a map of my…

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Flindt on Friday: Music-loving joggers bring peril

A worrying new hazard has started appearing in the sunken lanes of mid-Hampshire: the deaf jogger. I was once a keen jogger myself. No, really. I completed the Great North…

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Flindt on Friday: Neonics - the Law of Unintended Consequences

The Hangar field seems to feature in this column a lot these days. Mind you, there’s a perfectly simple explanation for it: I’ve had to spend an awful lot of…

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Flindt on Friday: ‘Slow farming’ - a tonic for the spirit

Nothing beats a bit of “slow farming”. We’ve done weeks of rushing round like mad things with high-speed drills and even faster 24m sprayers (yes, I know that’s small these…

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Flindt on Friday: Uncertainty's the only certainty in farming

Many years ago, when life seemed simpler, and when the fridge wasn’t cleaned out daily by hulks, we had enough spare cash to go and enjoy a day’s racing. We’d…

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Flindt on Friday: Snot-in-a-can and Sprayerman memories

Some years ago, Farmers Weekly ran a series of articles from a nameless spray operator highlighting how a sometimes difficult job wasn’t made any easier by the Fort Knox-style packaging…

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Flindt on Friday: A letter triggers trouble on footpath

The letter from Hampshire County Council’s "Culture, Communities and Business Services" came as a bit of surprise. In it, the "Technical Data Officer" explained that there was a problem with…

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