Friday, August 22, 2008
I Miss My Combine Harvester
This weekend, weather permitting, I hope to be driving a combine harvester on my father’s farm near Saffron Walden. I suspect that there are many farmers around the country who, like him, are extremely concerned by the terrible weather we have been having and its effect on yields. There’s nothing quite like driving a combine harvester. I know it sounds stupid, but you can become quite attached to them. I was quite emotional when in the mid 1990s my father pensioned off an old Massey Ferguson combine (pic above) which we had bought in 1966. In fact I was furious. I knew every inch of that old hulk like the back of my hand and I still miss it!
The other thing I miss about harvest is stubble burning. My Dad still hates John Gummer with a passion for banning it in the early 1990s!
And yes, that's me, aged 21 wearing my I Love Maggie T Shirt. Hunky, eh?