The lad was lucky - just shows that the police don't have much idea about ag vehicles on the road - if he had a number plate and a net on the load he wouldn't have been pulled at all.
It was probably not agricultural soil - so he could have been done for red diesel, no operators licence...
Agree about the parts - have been running Sanderson telehandlers for some years - most things are still available, as they were largely built from the parts bins of other manufacturers. I believe Matbro were similar.
(Except the Speedshift gearbox - that would be a problem!)
I would agree - it would be a brave man who bought land to farm (and repay from profits) in the current climate.
Which leaves the other classes of buyer, to whom location is often a very important factor - we may may end up with a market of extremes, with purely agricultural land in...
Land price has not been sustainable for farm businesses for several decades, so no change there.
Land bought by farmers is generally funded by rollover, external funds or accumulated profit from an existing farm.
2 or 3 hours pottering in the workshop doing non~essential but interesting /useful little jobs is enough to settle me for the rest of the day. (Mended a dead strimmer yesterday, looking at a bucket with a worn out cutting edge today)
Never have a problem relaxing on holiday - have always tried...