The farmer enjoyed his birthday meal (photo is of him eating his strawberry pavlova - he always orders all the things I try not to let him eat for his health's sake!) and thanks everyone who sent him Birthday Wishes.
As for the dilemma of the title. This is just a post to show that farmers and their wives do not spend all their time thinking about farming and do sometimes discuss wider issues.
Anyone who has ever seen the magnificent Burrell collection in Glasgow - a collection of paintings, sculptures, medieval glass - all the things that Sir William Burrell, the shipping magnate, collected over the years and finally left to the City of Glasgow in 1944 - will agree that Scotland is very lucky to have such a collection.
Sir William made a couple of provisos in his will. One was that the collection should be housed outside of Glasgow to avoid the effects of pollution and the other was that it should never be sent abroad on exhibitions. Both provisos were understandable in the days when he made them - there was a lot of foul air from industry and there was a war going on, when the art could have ended up at the bottom of the sea.
Richard Morrison in The Times writes about it today. Apparently the first proviso (the collection staying outside Glasgow) was overturned some years ago when a magnificent new gallery was built, just to house it. But now, because the folk in charge of the collection are refurbishing the Gallery where it is housed - at a cost of £45million - they would like to send parts of it abroad to earn some revenue. There is no longer a danger of it sinking beneath the waves, as there was in Sir William's day. But it seems that getting the proviso overturned might be very difficult.
What do readers of my blog think? I suppose the principle applies to any proviso made in any will. You can't ask the person who made it - but you can surmise what they might have said. In this case you can't help feeling that Sir William would have agreed in today's climate that such journeys were necessary. Similarly, in any will, urgent need of money (from something like a sale of land, or jewelry or the like) would probably have been sanctioned were the person still alive.
But it is an interesting issue and I will be interested to see what anyone who reads my blog thinks about it. Only a tiny straw poll I know - but I have always found that you lot out there talk a lot of sense.
Sorry but I can't get the photograph on today - farmer thinks it is just as well!