Is it that Farmers are going mad?
Is it that there are no traditional Farmers left?
Is it that Farmers have mutated into "Agri-businessmen" with no feeling for the countryside anymore?
Do Farmers learn nothing about rural life other than how to fill in subsidy aplications and how to drive around talking on their phones and acting like Clarkson on Crack?
Or is it that our village is blessed with a couple of in-bred, toffee brained pillocks, who just happen to own land?
The Blackberry harvest has been poor around here - the weather destroying the first main crop and the later fruiting being small and somewhat mis-shapen in the main...
One field was promissing a decent last picking with some decent fruit...
What happens - b******y farmer puts his hedge-raper over the whole lot, incidentally smashing through a blackthorn that was laden with sloes, just ripe and ready to pick!
The tree he took out with the hedge-raper was about 6" across at the point he used the machine to crush,tear and abrade it to death - so it was no accident!
The stuff he cut was simply dumped in the stream that runs between the field edge and the hedge.
The same farmer used the same machine to trash another blackthorn, again just ready for picking, on the side of the lane up the back of our house - not even on his property! (nor mine unfortunatly).
Up the other end of the vilage we have a farmer who owned a bit of woodland on the cross roads - mainly softwoods but with some good looking hardwoods as well...so he felled the lot and off it went for pulping and the woods are now (and have been for several years since he did this) wastelands of bramble (yeah I have picked all I could get at) and Fireweed with no replanting (except for a few saplings that seem to struggle - and it seems these were only planted as part of a court action against him as some of the trees he pulped had preservation orders on them!) or any tidying up/reuse of the land.
Farmers? Not in my book!
$£^%&$*! countryside bred vandals IMHO.
Now I have to travel a couple of miles to take advantage of the first decent sloe crop in years - and I am well hacked off!
I have numerous friends who farm - so I know not all rural landworkers are like this - but it does seem a growing trend around here!
Is it as bad elsewhere?