Farmageddon is the book written by Phillp Lymbery with Isobel Oakshott, it has become an international success, it is about our treatment and abuse of farm animals. He is perfectly qualified to write this compelling and shocking masterpiece as director of Compassion in World Farming which I support. He did some pretty scary things to get his material which is gathered from all over the world. It is a cautionary tale reflected in the way we also abuse the land from which all things must come to sustain us. Nowhere better is this seen than in the neglect of the verdant Somerset Levels which were reclaimed from the sea by Dutch engineers in the seventeenth century and have flourished ever since, until that is, some mindless idiots decided that the well tried system of dredging and draining should be left to go to ruin . It is biblical in it’s connotations. Lofty visits by townies in expensive Hunter Boots are a joke, and an insult, patronizing offers of “cake”, too little and too late. We ignore nature at our peril , that great river The Thames which was the life force of England for hundreds of years has a sting in it’s tail, it has all happened before, Noah’s floating Zoo was well documented.
“ Mandela’s” wall is also casualty of the rain, but today this magnificent construction had the benefit of a buttress without which it would blow down again into our ailing and courageous neighbours garden. It is the aim of the builders who are working so hard at it to finish it in time for this lovely lady, to see the daffodils, which will have been replanted at the base to give her encouragement and thoughts for the summer in this little paradise she has created over twenty years. This is about loving a little piece of land which makes the sum total… she is being cared for by a rota of daughters , and she is like a buttress …. A metaphor for a much loved mum.
I mourn the demise of the comma which being dyslexic I have only just learned to use. I read it will be replaced by a ubiquitous dash. A sign of the times.