Tuesday, 3 April 2012
Well, more of an inconvenience really.
When I returned home from the supermarket and various shopping things this morning, there was a message on my answer-phone from the farmer to say that he had a major tractor breakdown and was stranded in our neighbour's farmyard.
Lunch was already in the oven (here on the farm, meals have to be dead on time) but the farmer asked if I could take him something to eat so that he could hang around and wait for the mechanic to arrive. Out here in the Yorkshire Dales, tractor mechanics are not exactly two a penny and this one had to come from Levens in Cumbria, around fifty miles in fact.
It is a cold, wet day here and the poor old farmer had to wait in dismal conditions. I made him a plate of pate sandwiches, tomatoes, two oat chocolate biscuits and a banana, covered it in cling film and drove round with it. "Have you brought me a drink?" was his first question! I had never thought of making a thermos of coffee.
Luckily, good friends S and M live more or less next door to the farmyard and within five minutes had provided a flask of hot coffee. Now the mechanic is working on the tractor and - hopefully - the farmer will be home for a hot shower before too long.