Stone walls and fences around the country have never looked as good. I’ve spoken to many a farmer over the last week or so who are getting around to jobs that were put on the long finger. While some farmers with part-time jobs off the farm are not back to work, they’ve put the time to good use, mending fences, gates and walls.

While none of us are relishing the thought of this self-isolation business, it is vital to the cause and at least it has given some of us the chance to take a look at what needs to be done inside the farm gate.