Flindt on Friday

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Flindt on Friday: My short-lived meeting with farm landlord

Spare a thought for our landlord’s agent. I bet he usually visits proper farms, with proper facilities for very important meetings: a smart office (probably in a converted barn), with…

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Flindt on Friday: Eco warriors have lost their consistency

Sometimes, when you’re arguing with the anti-conventional-farming brigade, all you want is a bit of consistency. Take, for instance, the anti-GM crop crowd: in recent times, it has been hard…

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Flindt on Friday: 'Vegan' power leaves me feeling flat

The nation’s farmers are quietly proud of the network of agricultural colleges that unobtrusively get on with beating the next generation of horny-handed sons-(and daughters)-of-the-soil into shape. Some of the…

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Flindt on Friday: The never-ending story of tractor buying

As the years pass, some skills are lost. Physical abilities wane – the days of hand loading a seed drill with hundredweight bags are long gone, and even when the…

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Flindt on Friday: Guilty confession - I'm loving the drought

I have a terrible secret. It’s keeping me awake at night. I’m struggling to keep it to myself, but I like to think that here, tucked away inside the back…

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Flindt on Friday: Doorstep drama as RPA interrupts TV binge

It was a brave man who arrived at the dog-poo-brown doors of Flindt Towers at 8.15am the other day – completely unannounced. Hazel, being a proper farmer, had been up…

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Flindt on Friday: Glyphosate inconvenient truths need outing

When I’ve perfected my time machine, I’ll be loading it up with glyphosate haters, and travelling back to the mid-1980s. We’ll visit a heavy Hampshire field, where a Ford 7600…

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Flindt on Friday: I love farming, but is it really a passion?

Six weeks sitting in my £200 leather reclining chair from eBay feasting on 24-hours-a-day television has left me older and wiser. It’s amazing, the stuff I’ve learned – often at…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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