Drinking Tea

Discussion in 'Livestock & Forage' started by Pitman, May 5, 2019.

  1. case 5140

    case 5140 Member

    Derbyshire Dales
    I ive never herd of contractors putting tyres on the clamp, they just go to next job round here...
    Was fencing other day give me a brew and coc bar


    Totally different but if ever I go to help any of my neighbours out I am bombarded with coffee/dinners and tea. God forbid if you do a shift at silage time with them, I can't work after I've had dinner.

    I once was hauling bales on a 3:30 round trip, included loading up and unloading/stacking at the other end. At every return I was handed a small hamper of sandwiches (I say small, it was enough to feed me and the lad for a day). At the end of the day 3 trips later, old John asked us in for tea. Full meal, no messing was lovely. Granted I don't ask much to help them out as they help me too but I always answer the phone.
    I also remember last year rowing up for a neighbour, at dinner time I was greeted by the mother with sausage butties and coffee, as much as I could eat. I went just round the corner the week after and was greeted with sweet fanny adams all day, don't even think I got a thank you for that one. Needless to say my butties were added onto the bill

    People are weird as it goes but like @ollie989898 said 99% of folk are grand it's just the others.... It takes fudge all to give someone a brew and I find it rude if someone doesn't, take their money and be done with it
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  3. muleman

    muleman Member

    Meals at silage time seem to be a thing of the past.
    In the old days you were on a farm for 2 or 3 days to get the grass in, you were in the house for lunch and supper both days and it was a good social event.
    Nowadays with the big efficient machinery it takes 6 0r 7 hours to do a farm so in theory there should be more time,time for meals etc....but there isnt,the contracters wont stop so you have to eat sandwiches on the tractor whilst moving, 6 or 7 lads on a job and many a day you dont even talk to anyone all day...just a nod out of the window.....way of the modern world i guess!
  4. oakleaf

    oakleaf Member

    Used to cut hedges on a place like that. Go in for breakfast on arrival before doing any work you 6would get a fry up. Then at 10.30 tea and biscuits brought out to field. In for full 3 course dinner , soup, main and desert with tea/coffee. Come 4 pm youd see the farm car heading down the farm track out to any workers in the fields with tea and sandwiches. After getting through all that lot l managed to slip home unnoticed only to be scolded the following day for not going in for supper before going home :eek:

    If every place was like that l'd be obese. There is a happy medium.
    That particular family have now retired and place is leased out. Dont do the hedges there anymore.
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  5. Kidds

    Kidds Member

    I don’t very often work for other people but don’t expect to be fed when I do.
    Nice to get a brew sometimes but wouldn’t expect that either.

    Equally if folk come to work for me I don’t expect to have to feed them. I do take my regulars out for a meal at the end of the season though.
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  6. MF 168

    MF 168 Member

    Laois, Ireland
    I help out a silage contractor friend from time to time when he's short a driver and 90% of his customers either feed us at mealtimes or make arrangements with a local eatery for us. Now and then you do meet the odd tight arse who would let us starve all day. Fortunately those types are scarce. There are one or 2 old timers who are on their own and would be in an awful way that they can't feed us themselves but they always arrange for a very good local place to feed us no expense spared. One old timer used lash beer into us while covering the clamp down for him and would get offended if you refused it.
    I suppose I can kinda see where some would be thinking it's cost enough to get X amount of silage done without having to feed a crew of men on top. Not much use to the hungry crew though. I think in the cases where a pit is been covered for no extra charge that a meal should be provided. Common decency and all that.
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  7. Celt83

    Celt83 Member

    Once we were silaging on a farm that I’d never been there before.

    Following the chopper into the yard I parked my tractor and trailer and joined the boys who had gathered outside the house.

    Being the stupid 16 year old I listened to the bosses son “the farmers wife has said go in and sit down and tuck in, we are going to wash our hands in the outhouse and wait for dad (the chopper driver).

    In I trotted and sat down to boiled ham, mash and parsley sauce. There was four plates on the table and I thought we were eating first and the family were eating after. How wrong I was .

    A voice bellowed from behind me “would you like sauce with that!!” I turned to see the farmer and his wife looking daggers at me from the doorway.

    It’s sad to say that it didn’t click with me until after the first trailer, loader and rake tractors screamed passed the window that I realised we didn’t get invited in for supper.

    I ran out and ran passed the chopper to the howls of the boss pi$$ing himself with laughter. I have never lived it down.
  8. Danllan

    Danllan Member

    Sir Gar / Carms
    It's a happy mix of good manners and business sense to be hospitable to people working here. We've had some bl**dy good p!ss-ups after baling, especially when the rain's just been beaten. :)

    For those not in the know, Ceredigion - home of FT - is famed throughout Wales for the generosity of its people... honest. :angelic:
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  9. Still Farming

    Still Farming Member

    Glamorgan Wales
    Bollxxks to em.
    Bet you had your come back?
  10. Al R

    Al R Member

    West Wales
    2 of my grandparents are from Cardigan farming stock, it wasn’t often there was lights on in the house....
    An old saying in the west is the farmers from Brecon and Radnor would survive where a Raven would starve :LOL:
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  11. Danllan

    Danllan Member

    Sir Gar / Carms
    Yes, heard something like that. And then there are the more modern ones, such as how two Cardis invented wire by fighting over a penny they had found... :rolleyes:
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  12. Al R

    Al R Member

    West Wales

    A relative is a building quantity surveyor and he had a job near cardigan in the early 90’s at an old farmhouse after there had been a fire there, brand new build went up and the old farmer didn’t want electric, they pursuaded him after a few months as it’d keep him warmer, boil the kettle/oven etc.. in the end they fitted electric and then when my relative went to visit a few months later in the middle of winter to check how the old man/house was the man said “it’s great, when I come into the house in the dark now I can turn the light on to find my matches to light the oil lamp and then turn the electric back off :banghead:
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  13. Werzle

    Werzle Member

    Heard a tale about a farmers wife who always took a cuppa out to her nephew who drove the milk tanker, one day she came into the dairy , saw that it wasnt her nephew driving that day and poured it down the drain in front of the relief driver and walked off.
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  14. sam1

    sam1 Member

    Id of said clamp and sheet up your own.

    Because we are off for a cup of tea
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  15. Celt83

    Celt83 Member

    Sort of

    We were muck spreading on a local farm a few weeks later. I grew up down the road from this farm so knew them well.

    All morning the bosses son who was on the loader was taking the mick about what had happened and he came on the cb saying the farmers wife had said to go in for dinner.

    I went in after the other two (who were giggling away) but I took my sandwiches. The table was beautifully presented and the farmers wife was standing there in all her glory waring a pair of overalls that had more sh!t on it than my west spreader

    The giggles turned into a deftly silence when they noticed the tom cat drinking out of the milk jug that was in the middle of the table with dribbles and hairs falling back in!

    She said in her beautiful low gruff voice “who wants bread?” Before they could answer she grabbed the loaf, put it under her armpit and buttered the top bit and cut a slice. She literally threw the thing on the plate complete with the most juiciest pice of cow sh$t.

    I gave my apologies and said I had to eat my sandwiches or my mother would hit the roof. I sat there chuckling to myself while the other two eat in silence.

    It was great, he overfilled the spreaders to finish quicker and raced back to the yard. He only just made it, he was like a cork screw when he got out! they were off work for three days with a dicky belly!!!!
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  16. Baker7810

    Baker7810 Member

    Out in NZ they charged to cover the pit, however if the customer came out with a few extra hands and gave us a few beers afterwards they wouldn’t charge much. Alternatively if the customer didn’t come and help and drove around in his pick up watching 6 lads covering a 20m x 70m pit in 30 degree heat, the bill tended to be a considerable amount more!
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  17. som farmer

    som farmer Member

    the trouble with modern farming, very few staff about, contractors always in a rush, the whole farming way of life has changed, every one is in a hurry. like I said earlier, we always offer beer and cake, and we get help sheeting down etc, but I think we are now in the minority.
  18. Purli R

    Purli R Member

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    Purli R Member

  20. CollCrofter

    CollCrofter Member

    Isle of Coll
    The kettles never off the boil for anyone in this part of the world. Always a bite to eat too. I thought that was just the norm in the farming community
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