Just as we were getting used to having no pigs to spoil the view immediately in front of our house, Hughie appeared this morning with Betsy and Bobby - who've been very happy down the road - and began setting his electric fence below our house. The Diary had hardly got down the field to remonstrate with him before Bert Cameron appeared with a brand new tractor, delivered this morning by Royal Mail (his father-in-law used to be the local postie). Picture shows Hughie, left, Bert, centre, and Angus-John right.
The Diary knows nothing about tractors, but the way that Hughie and Angus-John were queuing up to be photographed in front of this one suggested that it might be something rather special. And Angie-John was saying how he was about to get a new tractor which was almost as good - which says something about how much these young men are making out of their crofting activities. It won't be long before we'll be reading about the first millionaire crofter.
Bert had been summoned to move the pigs' house, which he set about doing - though those watching were somewhat puzzled that Hughie felt he had to help the tractor to lift the tank.
The Diary has been at some pains to point out to Hughie that this old fuel tank doesn't actually belong to him, but to a certain lady crofter who had noticed that it had disappeared from her apportionment. Further, The Diary did point out to Hughie that the said lady would, on his advice, be sending Hughie a fairly hefty bill for its use.
The Diary was just taking a picture of the tank being lowered when Bert misjudged the tank's centre of gravity, so....