The Bear in the Air!

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Convoy 1Back in the day there was an American film called Convoy. It was about a group of truckers in the States who used CB radios to keep in touch with each other. Amongst terms used in the film was: “There’s a bear in the air!” I remember thinking that we’d never see police in helicopters here in the UK. How wrong I was (about this and much more besides)…

If you look up and search the morning sky,
There’s a police ‘copter keeping an eye!
Whether you’re on foot or if in your car,
You ought to watch out, it sees from afar.
It’s not the same as having police on the ground,
But it’s money saving, as has been found!
If you have a robbery (unless you’re the Queen)
The eye in the sky is nowhere to be seen.
Here on the farm when they’re stealing your fuel,
The helicopter is missing, they’d be quicker by mule!
So don’t shout at a burglar if he threatens you in bed
‘Cos you’ll be the one caught and arrested instead!
And then you’ll go to court, “it really wasn’t fair”,
The police helicopter was the other side of Ware!
Police HelicopterFor my non-UK readers – Ware is a small town in Hertfordshire 13 miles from the Bard-Farm or 23 miles to the North East of London 

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The Old Blue Aga!

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Old Blue AgaLooking through a kitchen manufacturer’s brochure recently I came across their ‘Farmhouse Range.’ I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was very smart, very expensive and clinically clean, but it had neither Aga nor scruffy dog. “Sacre Blue!” (I would have said if I was a fermier,) it was just not right. Yesterday a friend rang wishing to borrow our kitchen (but not the sleeping scruffy dog!)…

A friend rang us up yesterday,
With a very strange request I have to say:
“May I come for tea and be so bold?
My heating’s bust and I’m bloody cold!”
And so she came in a very short while,
Her bum on the Aga bought forth a smile!
This monumental and ancient tool,
Can be used as a pleasant warming stool.
So if your heating ever falls apart,
Find a farmhouse to warm your heart!

We think the Aga was put in sometime in the early seventies by the father of our present ‘Aga Guru’ Duncan (newtonagaservices@sky.com). The oven is still going strong and is likely to outlast me and be passed on down through the family.

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Vomiting Vicky the Cement Mixer!

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Poorly Cement Mixer 2The other day my trusty side-kick (and son-in-law), John, bought a cement mixer on E-Bay. Yesterday we tried it out for the first time and unfortunately, despite mixing two wheelbarrow loads of concrete perfectly, it then misbehaved. So if anyone has any tips on how to deal with a drunken mixer…

The cement mixer’s just been sick,
Vomited over the yard,
It has had too much to drink,
And now knows life is hard!

Tomorrow it’ll feel unwell,
A hangover beyond compare,
It’ll hide out of sight in the shed,
And pretend to not be there!

So far it has no name,
But this won’t take so long,
Vomiting Vicky may possibly do,
But I might be wrong!

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Does anybody out there give a damn?

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To LetI went to a local town the other day and was shocked how many shops were empty since my last visit. The local council had attempted to rectify this by wrapping the windows with printing to make it look as if there was a shop there…

Does anyone shed a tear
When shops just disappear
Or the café on the corner
Is no longer there?

Does anyone really care
That so many shops are bare
Just waiting for someone
To turn them round?

Does anyone miss a beat
When there’s nothing on the street
And the only place to go
Is out of town?

Shall we be bereft
When there’s only Tesco left
Sainsbury’s Waitrose
Aldi, Lidl too?

Who knows?
Who cares?
That’s all!
Closing Down

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Complaints about the Corridors!

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IMG_0281On Sunday morning I spent nearly six hours in our local hospital’s A&E department with an aged relative. Last Wednesday I spent some hours in another hospital’s A&E. Forewarned by numerous news reports I was prepared to see a department on its knees. What I found in both cases were departments on top of their game and worthy of the highest praise. We have always known that medical staff in our hospitals give the greatest of care. I would not/could not do what they do, could you…
Hospital corridor 2They’re always complaining in the media
Turning sick stories into hospital fact
Anyone can get the treatment
Why don’t we celebrate that?

They don’t ask, “Have you the cash?”
They don’t turn you away at the door,
Everyone is treated with kindness,
Nobody sleeps on the floor.

So consider the next time you’re moaning,
About what it’s like elsewhere,
And be grateful that you live here,
And the NHS is not over there!

With grateful thanks to staff at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge,
and the Lister Hospital, Stevenage.

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The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog!

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IMG_1323Looking out of the window the other day I saw a fox meandering away from the farmyard. Rather concerned for the future health of our geese, I rushed outside and shot the fox clean between the eyes with my camera. I then went indoors and wrote this…

“Hey!”
said the fox to the dog one day,
“What are you doing lazing away?”
The dog just farted and turned over,
“You can’t blame me ‘cos I’m called Rover!”
The fox said: “I can’t believe that it’s true,
You just laze around feeling blue,
Don’t you dare tell me,
‘I’d like to be thin’
You’re lucky your chicken 
comes in a tin!
The dog licked a paw and made a very strange sound,
“I guess it’s back to work…
To being a fox hound!”

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A Pink Surprise at the Show!

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Case 9230I knew there was a purpose in going to the recent Lamma Show at Peterborough, only I didn’t realize it at the time. It wasn’t to buy the giant combine harvester (above) or the stealth-styled rubber-tracked Catterpillar (below). Looking through the many photographs I took I came across one that took my breath away and I realized fate had tapped me on the shoulder…
Challenger LammaSomeone keeps taking my wheelbarrow,
It’s old and covered in rust,
The tyre’s half inflated,
And one of the handle’s bust.
It also has a hole,
In the middle of the floor,
I really can’t understand,
Why I’ve not replaced it before!

I went along to a show,
Not sure what I was looking for,
And all at once I realized,
Was amazed at what I saw!
A perfect pink wheelbarrow,
The plastic will not bust,
Nobody will walk off with it,
Neither will it rust!

So I’m about to place my order,
I shall do it all online,
I can’t wait for delivery,
It’ll be pink and always mine!
Pink Plastic WheelbarrowThe Big Pink Wheelbarrow (and much, much more!) can be found at:
http://www.sandersonenvironmental.com

Many congratulations to the organisers for a truly fantastic show. A special motion for the car park attendants who did their job in very difficult conditions with a smile. Here’s looking forward to Lamma ’15!

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The Bard goes to a show!

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lamma1Yesterday, son-in-law John and I visited the agricultural show, LAMMA, at Peterborough. Even the long queues to enter the showground didn’t deter us from having a cracking day. We saw lots of highly polished tractors and the only mud in evidence was in the car parks, making us thankful for our 4×4. All in all a great show…

We had a great day looking all around LAMMA,
For farmers like us it’s the epitome of glamour!
Some like Ferraris all polished and clean,
Others like a John Deere (they’re the ones that are green!)
Some like a yacht that sails the high sea,
But all Farmers want to see is the new JCB!
Some like a girl who can make a clear pass,
Others love a combine, that’s made by Claas!
Claas LammaSome like an old car with an ash-wooden chassis,
Whereas farmers crowd round the new tractor from Massey!
Some farmers like machinery, that’s painted blue,
(That is New Holland between me and you!)
Some like a pussy that sits by the fire,
Farmers like a Cat with tracks not a tyre!
Cat LammaSome farmers have bank accounts behind many a door,
While others dream of winning in a lottery draw!
Some queue on the motorway in an old battered truck,
While others use a helicopter, look down and say ‘f*ck!’
Lamma2But most of the visitors who were there yesterday
Say thanks to the organisers “we had a great day!”

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Off To LAMMA at Peterborough!

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LAMMASon-in-law John and I are having a rare day out. We are going to join up to 40,000 other farmers at LAMMA, an agricultural machinery show at the Peterborough Showground. This year is the first year that it’s come south from Lincolnshire in its thirty-two-year history. We wish it great success in its new home…

We’re off to a farming show called Lamma.
We won’t need a crowbar, toolbox or spanner,
It’s fifty-five minutes up the A1,
For us down south, a nice straight run!
There’ll be tractors, combines, all polished machines,
No muddy wheels, all tweed and jeans!
But before we can leave, out for a treat,
We’ve got to load a lorry on the farm with wheat!
This will dampen our enthusiasm somewhat,
It’s all got to go before we spend a lot!
So if we see an expensive piece of kit,
We’ll be reminded of how we’ll pay for it!
Our time won’t be wasted as it may seem,
Its great fun to visit, look, plan or dream!

http://www.lammashow.co.uk
@lammashow
#LAMMA14

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The Delivery (culmination of seven months!)

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Delivering HayOn the farm there are some jobs that score less than one out of ten! However there are some jobs that may look as if they are heading for such a score, but just before the final whistle can leap to an eight or nine! Delivering hay is mostly a pleasure as it is not only a pleasant drive out, but also the culmination of hard work back in the summer and careful storage up to now. Yesterday son-in-law John and I delivered to a local stable yard. To see horses happily tucking into hay that we successfully cut, turned, turned again, rowed up, baled, carted, stacked, stored and delivered can bring quite a buzz…

Monday morning time out for a ride,
To deliver hay for horses outside,
We loaded the trailer with sixty bales,
And roped the back in case stacking fails!
Off we drove along the road,
Keeping an eye on the precious load,
Until we reached the stable yard,
Reversed to the shed, that was not hard!
Then came the sweat of stacking each bale,
(To make extra sure the stack didn’t fail).
After humping those bales John felt quite shaky,
So tried his hand at a spot of Reiki!
Raking HayFor top quality hay at reasonable prices in the North Herts/Mid Beds/Cambs area, look no further than us!
Contact details below. 

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