Flindt on Friday

FLINDT ON FRIDAY

Flindt on Friday: The auctioneer, his wife and Crap Sale tales

This September’s West Meon Hut Rural Auction – or, to give it its correct name, Crap Sale – was an occasion of considerable sadness for me. It should have been…

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Flindt on Friday: Farmers and early retirement – I think not

The good ladies of central Hampshire are distraught. If you listen carefully while passing through the SO24 area, you can hear a great sobbing and wailing. What, you may ask,…

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Flindt on Friday: Case of the gateway lurkers cracked

It struck me, as I lay awake early on a late summer morning, listening to the silencer-free motorbikes racing on the A32 and the A272, that a countryside-based hobby isn’t…

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Flindt on Friday: Hunt is on for 'blockage' on Footpath 6

It was a bit of a shock to get another letter from the council’s Countryside Access Ranger about a “blocked footpath”. It was the usual tone – very polite and…

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Flindt on Friday: My 2019 harvest summed up in 11 words

It's time for the "harvest in one word" game. There’s "scary", of course, for when the combine nearly caught fire, taking half of the south of England with it. There…

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Flindt on Friday: Weak pound worries? Not on this farm

All being well, in a few weeks’ time, with harvest done and dusted, and if I can keep myself to the new regime of late drilling, we’ll be off to…

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Flindt on Friday: To beetle or not? That is the OSR question

Six weeks ago, one thing was certain. Cast in stone. A sure thing. Nope, my mind was made up, and there was nothing – nothing, I tell you – that…

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Flindt on Friday: Rain makes way for farm and farmer repairs

I hesitate to say this, bearing in mind what some parts of the country have gone through, but a spell of wet days in August is quite handy. (It’s also…

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Flindt on Friday: Farewell to fretting over N rates

If we ignore the fact that I narrowly escaped setting half of Hampshire alight, growing winter barley was one of the most satisfying and relaxing arable jobs I’ve done for…

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Flindt on Friday: Smouldering combine prompts emergency dousing

It isn’t often that we farmers have to make split-second decisions. True, the livestock can occasionally provoke a bit of quick thinking by drowning/dying/getting out, but that’s why I leave…

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Flindt on Friday: Breakfast bliss banished by more BBC bias

Forgive me for going off on one about the BBC again, but this time it wasn’t my idea; it was the lovely Mrs Flindt’s. We were tucking into our usual…

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Flindt on Friday: Hedgecutting - a genuine 'public good'

There’s nothing like a bit of hedgetrimming to soothe the pre-harvest nerves. The fabulous hay is sorted, I’d caught up with a bit of sleep, and I’d done the traditional…

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