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Peter Chapman: A welcoming start to new Royal Highland Society role


Holiday season has come and gone, with a seven-day trip to CentreParcs in Cumbria the venue of choice this year.

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I am a fan of a ‘staycation’, especially if the weather is with you, and we had a cracking break this year.


The girls are five years older than when we were last there so they enjoyed themselves more.


Daily visits to the pool meant I had to do a lot of breathing in to look presentable but the extra weight came in very handy when racing the girls down the double flumes. I did manage to nearly drown a few people when a wall of water and bubbles exited before me but it was great fun all round.


No doubt with our eldest daughter now 15, the years of family holidays are drawing to a close so it is important to create lasting memories while we can.


Dad of course managed fine without me and made some good quality silage as the cows could not keep up with the grass.


It is the first year in a long time we have had such a flush of grass and as a consequence, we are sure to have plenty winter feed. Bulls will be taken out this week with the cows seemingly settled.


Arable crops have continued apace but I managed to hold off spraying the winter barley long enough to get the pullets out and sheds mucked and washed.


By the time you read this, all the winter barley will have been sprayed off and the swather is booked for the OSR. Of our crops, the Volume winter barley looks a clear winner over the Glacier but there have been reports from early harvested crops of disappointing bushel weights which have affected yields. I am working on the old adage, lighter crops will always be harvested first.


I also had my first Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland directors’ meeting this week. We had a lovely lunch and all the other fellow directors were very welcoming.


I have been given my duties for the 2015 show where I will be assisting with the heavy horse classes. I will be totally out of my comfort zone but it will be a great chance to engage with a whole new group of people.



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