Country Diary

Shooting Times & Country|May 20, 2020

Country Diary
Now we are into late spring it is all systems go in the farming world, keeping one eye on the weather and the other on the new dairy herd
Jamie Blackett

It feels wrong to write this when there is so much misery. But I think the lockdown will be etched on my memory as a glorious spring when we have been able to appreciate the wildflowers and the birdsong without being troubled by the outside world at all.

Some call centres have fallen silent, the civil servants have been furloughed and travelling salesmen no longer happen to be passing our door. We would normally have been rushed off our feet by now, dealing with questions, requests and complaints. But, much as we enjoy having people staying in our holiday cottages, we have been guiltily relieved to be getting money for nothing.

After some sleepless nights about the lost income, Rishi Sunak’s rescue package was eventually passed on by Holyrood; well, most of it. No doubt there will be a nasty sting in the tail when the Government needs to replenish the coffers.

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May 20, 2020