Listening to: the news
Holding: my breath
Oh sod it, I'm not even a farmer yet and already there's a massive cloud on the horizon that could affect all our plans. News that foot and mouth has been discovered in Surrey should be a huge cause of concern to all of us who care about the countryside and those who work in it.
Orkney show week (they cram them all into seven days up here) has been thrown into chaos with cattle, sheep, goats and pigs all barred from competition.
From our own point of view, the arrival of the pigs in about a fortnight looks very much in doubt. That's a shame, but we've got lots of other stuff to get on with and we can concentrate of veg and chickens for a while - we're lucky to have that choice.
I normally despise the ghastly right-wing junta 'New Labour' and all its works, but the Government have learned a lesson from 2001 and acted fast to stop all movement of animals. Gordon Brown's just-about adequate performance in his first few weeks in power has highlighted how bloody awful the Blair government was and makes me wonder why we put up with the grinning buffoon for so long. Phew, glad I got that off my chest.