Yesterday while out on my bike I saw a sign that made me laugh. I wished that I had my camera with me. I decided to return again this morning with my camera. It was cold but the sun was shining brightly. Earlier the fields had glistened with a heavy frost.
I peddled through the little lanes south of Ivybridge in Devon.
When I reached the tiny hamlet of Westlake, the road was blocked by a Landrover. The driver said "Hello Graham. Sorry but you cannot come this way as we have a herd of cattle coming. Can you go another way?" I realised that it was one of my farming neighbours. " No" I replied "I am searching for a mini-farmer and I am told that he is this way." " You would be right. There is a mini-farmer this way. He is not far" said my neighbour. " How many cattle have you got?" I asked. "Ahh, it is about 90 bullocks. We are driving them about 6 miles along this road. We are lucky. We have lots of helpers". At this moment, a fresh faced young girl appeared wearing a tight fitting sweater. It was emblazened "Need New Boyfriend". She did look like a cattle drover to me but then what do I know? This cattle drive was getting interesting.
Along came the cattle, all 90 of them. I took out my camera and took position for what I hoped would be a good photograph. Four more drovers appeared and just as I was ready for the shot, one of the drovers came over and asked me to block a house entrance from the cattle. There was no time. I did as I was told but it was not a great position for a photo. There was too much sun so apologies for the bleached out picture.
The Landrover had gone and so had the girl in the tight fitting sweater as well as all the other drovers. I pedalled off to find the mini-farmer. It appears that there may be more than one.
If you like me want to find a mini-farmer, follow National Cycle Route 28 and they could be lurking about 3 miles east of Yealmpton. The next cattle drive will sometime in the spring.