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Peter Chapman: A quiet month, but DVLA letter provokes some excitement


I must admit for the first time in nearly three years I am at a bit of a loss as to what to write. After the fortnight of meetings, we did move the latest batch of 33,000 pullets with the sheds mucked and washed before Christmas.

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Work over Christmas and New Year has been relaxed, with no pullets and only cattle to feed and bed, so again no excitement there.


I asked the girls what I should write about.


Our eldest, Trudy, said I should write about dad’s dog Brodie. He is a Hungarian Visla, about 18 months old and at times can be almost human. Most of the time though he runs about like an idiot, but Dad thinks he is the bee’s knees. I would not recommend one to anyone who does not like running at least five miles every day.


Our middle daughter Louise (the future farmer) wanted me to write about ‘Eagle’ our newest Aberdeen-Angus bull who has huge ears and is going through his gawky teenage years, but has great potential to produce some really cute calves, she says. Katie, our youngest, just wanted me to write out the lyrics to the signature tune to the ‘Lego Movie’ we saw over Christmas. We all know the words to ‘Everything is Awesome’ by heart now. Not much help there then.


There was, however, a bit of excitement this morning when a letter from the DVLA dropped through the letter box. We have in the past bought old lorries and used them round the yard as cheap trailers. We also have an extensive interior road network which can be used at harvest time by the lorries to cart grain off the combine and they always come in handy at this time of year.


This year we bought a 53-plate eight wheeler blower from a local feed firm and I took it off the road as soon as it came home. The DVLA has apparently photographic evidence it was seen near East Kilbride on December 18, which is 185 miles away. It has fined me £984 which has to be paid by January 16 or I go to court.


How the lorry managed to get there when parked at the back of a shed with a plough and muck spreader in front of it is beyond me. I shall keep you up-to-date on that one.


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