We have also had some very happy couples who have held their marriage ceremonies and celebrations at Ote Hall bathed in sunshine, appreciating this year’s abundant roses, lavender and colourful borders, and enjoyed balmy evenings.
Guests who have chosen to camp in the field adjacent to the garden have woken to the sound of a chorus of assorted birds, and watched the sun rise above the mist across the fields.
The couples who stay in the house are amazed by the peace and quiet which surrounds Ote Hall. This despite the fact that we live in suburbia, being just a stone’s throw from Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath.
Across the county fields are turning as they ripen ready to be harvested. Our crops will probably take a further ten days to two weeks, but I expect to see combines rolling on neighbouring farms sooner than that.
Minette Batters the NFU president has warned that leaving the EU with no-deal would be ‘socially and economically disastrous’ for the farming industry. She feels an abrupt EU exit would be unhelpful to sheep farmers, as 40% of British lamb is transported to France.
Mrs Batters has been trailing this message for the past three years, a time when she should have been working with the government and Defra in particular, to ensure that British sheep farmers have alternative markets.
There is a worldwide appetite for British lamb as along with New Zealand we produce the best lamb in the world. Spare a thought for the farmers in New Zealand who were abandoned by the UK when we entered the ‘Common Market’, closing the door to what had been their main market place.
Did they complain? Probably, but they got off their backsides and pursued other markets in the Middle and Far East, as well doing a deal to continue sending a steady flow into our supermarkets.
Unfortunately Mrs Batters is of the generation which relies upon the government to find all the answers, the ‘Nanny State’. Her message to the farmers who bother to listen to her, is that everything which befalls us is the fault of the government who must pick up the pieces. NFU officers and Mrs Batters since her election as President in 2018, just like the hapless Mrs May have wasted the last three years burying their heads in the sand, when not trying to stop Brexit.
They along with civil servants like the British Ambassador to Washington Kim Darroch, whose ramblings regarding his assessment of Donald Trump’s White House, could equally have described Theresa May’s time in office, were leaked to the Mail on Sunday. These ‘officers’ should be doing their jobs which are primarily working towards UK interests, not on behalf of the EU.
As has been said repeatedly, our Civil Service is inhabited by an anti-Brexit, anti-Trump, anti-democratic coterie who pretend they represent Britain’s best interest. In fact as Richard Littlejohn rightly points out, their only purpose in life is to protect their own privileged positions and impose their partisan worldview on elected politicians and voters alike.
Americans are keen to buy British lamb. Had Ambassador Darroch spent less time criticising President Trump’s administration and dining out, he could have paved the way for a smooth transition into the US market place which is an open door, for British farmers.
Let us hope once the Tory party leadership election is finalised and Prime Minister Boris Johnson walks into Downing Street, there will be a clean sweep across Whitehall, followed by intake of pro-British, independent minded competent MPs, civil servants and Ambassadors in place, who will be outward looking for markets and opportunities outside the claustrophobic and controlling EU.
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