Flindt on Friday

FLINDT ON FRIDAY

Flindt on Friday: Colouring in my field maps and language

My sister Lizzie is the undisputed queen of the daft gift. Within days of her hearing I was going to be out of action for a few weeks, a large…

FLINDT ON FRIDAY

Flindt on Friday: Farmyard laps and baths with strangers

Reasons why we love farming, number 56: continuity. Half a century ago, I got a new bicycle. It was a Raleigh, it was blue and silver, and I was pleased…

FLINDT ON FRIDAY

Flindt on Friday: Mr Google is leading us the wrong way

We are living in a golden age of geographical information. Never has it been so easy to pay a virtual visit to just about anywhere on the planet. I can…

FLINDT ON FRIDAY

Flindt on Friday: Going hedge-spotting with Defra's booklet

The “to do” list we put together at the beginning of May was so long that it was almost overwhelming. So much to get done before the hip operation, and,…

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Flindt on Friday: Hip op will get me back on cricket pitch

The orthopaedic surgeon leaned back in his plush leather chair. “So,” he asked, putting fingertips to fingertips, “When did you finally decide to go ahead with this hip operation?” I…

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Flindt on Friday: My take on Gove’s ‘shampoo report’

When the mighty Minette rings you up and tells you to do something, by heck you do it – even if the message is delivered by an automated evening call…

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Flindt on Friday: Reliving farm jobs of the good old days

A few weeks ago, I claimed that I had no time for “the good old days” of farming. It appears that I wasn’t being entirely truthful. Somewhere there’s a list…

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Flindt on Friday: Why's there a Volvo rocking in my lean-to?

Weekend work can be a lottery on a hugely popular National Trust-owned farm. You never know who you’re going to meet. It might be the "bad parkers", with their cars…

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Flindt on Friday: Straw sale wisdom from a surprising source

Good advice sometimes comes from unlikely places. For instance, let’s go back to the second week of August last year. We were about to get stuck into our block of…

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Flindt on Friday: How Countryfile and farming reality differ

If you haven’t seen The Matrix, not only will you have missed Carrie-Anne Moss in quite unnecessarily tight PVC trousers, but you will also miss what the heck I’m on…

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Flindt on Friday: We 4x4 owners are enjoying a golden age

As I was towing my neighbour up Hinton Hill in the snow the other week, a couple of things struck me. First, how it had been the most natural and…

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Flindt on Friday: I believe in weird countryside creatures

Three new creatures have joined the ranks of mythical mid-Hampshire animals – the ones you never see, but which are out there somewhere. They are our own yetis, the krakens…

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