things that make you smile


Mate of mine runs a vehicle recovery business and gave me a call this evening to see if I was busy. He had been called out to a wedding venue where a guest had managed to slip off a concrete road in his BMW and couldn't get it back onto the track.
It was only a couple of miles away so up I went in the trusty Defender. The chap had got it well and truly stuck, nose down in a 5' gully at right angles to the concrete road. Mates van parked on the road so I went to drive round it and promptly sunk the Defender deep enough on one side to the point where I could just about open the door to get out. Got the winch on the bumper fired up, attached the rope to a substantial straining post 20 yards away and just about got myself out.
At least I didn't have to get rescued which would have caused a great deal of amusement to the gathering crowd of wedding party guests and my mate was glad he hadn't brought his 10t recovery truck down there as that wouldn't have had any room to work.
We then set to and pulled the Beemer out and spent a half hour filling in the trenches back in that I had made in the venue owners recently landscaped area that turned out to be a recently filled in pond. Still we all ended up with the venue owner coming out with some huge pig roast baps for me, the other half who had done a runner out of the motor when I got stuck and my mate.
Free tea and what else would you be doing in an evening?


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Mixed Farmer
Travelling around farms this time of year fixing things, it's always great to be invited into the family kitchen for a cup of tea, cake and a good yarn. Is this just a farming thing?
its ok as long as you clock off before tea and cake I had a chap I invited in after fixing some thing and he booked down the hour he spent eating and talking


Sir Gar / Carms
The subject of William the Conqueror came up at dinner this evening and, being me, I mentioned that before he became King, he was generally known as Duke William, or William the B a stard.

Of course the next question - from middle boy - was 'What's a b a stard?' and an explanation was duly given, cue a pause in the conversation... followed by my little girl in a very quiet and confused voice:

'But if they aren't married, how can they have a baby?' :love:

35% of English and Welsh farmers possibly/probably depressed

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Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) has today, Thursday, October 14, published the findings of The Big Farming Survey, which shows 35% of English and Welsh farmers are either possibly or probably depressed.

The survey, based on over 15,000 responses, concentrates on the health and well-being of the farming community in England and Wales in the 2020s.

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) is a national charity that provides support to the farming community across England and Wales.

Mental health​

Mental well-being, the survey notes, describes our ability to cope with the ‘ups and downs’ of everyday life.

According to the survey, 14% of the farming community is ‘possibly depressed’ while...