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Farmer John’s March 2013 Blog

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8 Mar 2013

Our first few years of married life were spent above Blewbury on top of the Downs. The farm had been largely staffed by German POWs, who had also…

Our first few years of married life were spent above Blewbury on top of the Downs. The farm had been largely staffed by German POWs, who had also built a complex of brick buildings. One of them, Arthur, had married locally, and stayed as the farm mechanic. As I returned to his workshop with yet another piece of damaged machinery or vehicle he would shout in broken English ‘Hey Lofty, don’t reckon you can see straight!’ He was quite right. With a healthy squint, National Health spectacles were put on my head more or less at birth. I spent many hours at Morefields, the famous London eye hospital as a child, trying to decide whether the black circle on the red was clearer than the green. It wasn’t only the eyesight affecting my performance as a university-trained farm employee. Extraordinary Brain Power (EBP) was a recognised condition for such as me. Symptoms included driving out of the grain store before you had lowered the trailer, thus damaging the building and trailer in an effort to get back to the combine as quickly as possible, and reversing a lorry into the bosses Land Rover parked in an 80 acre field.

My last pair of glasses sadly only survived for a year. The prescription seemed to be wrong, and because I couldn’t see I kept cleaning the expensive varifocal lenses with my overalls. So back to Boots for the latest high tech eye examination, which included pictures of the back of both eyes for an extra £10! The pictures were a masterpiece which could have been from the Jodrell Bank telescope. However, I now have a new pair of correctly prescribed Jaguar (as per the car manufacturer) glasses. No more will the white plastic bag in the distance be a ewe on its back, or a dead pigeon a no-longer-living lamb. Still, I shouldn’t complain, I had measles when I was very young. I met someone recently from Israel who was my age, with the same history…only she was blind!