What would be the most sensible thing to do in the countryside on a very windy day?
Fly a kite?
Brave a picnic?
Spread human faeces on a grand scale?
Guess what is happening here right now? A clue is that there are no kites nor picnics.
Here is what an enormous heap of human faeces looks like; my apologies if you have just eaten your tea.
The fence is on the roadside. The actual heap is not fenced off at all.
A lamb and sheep nibble on the waste.
Uncovered tractor loads have been passing the house every five minutes beginning first thing this morning and are still passing five minutely at 6pm. It is very windy here.
That is a huge volume of 'slurry' which is being sprayed on the fields around here. No notification that it was going to happen, sheep, lambs and cattle graze.
The smell is so bad that we are vomiting. The smell in the kitchen is hellish and we cannot open the window as the stuff blows in. Actually, there is no point opening the window as the windows do not close properly in the first place, the ones which have glass. The panes held in by duct tape.
Tomorrow, they will spray our water supply with human faeces. They do it every year and we all get sick.
The grey mush in this picture is freshly sprayed faeces. Perhaps the sheep moved out of the way of the sprayer as it distributed this muck on their pasture.
This cow did not move out of the way, got sprayed and just kept grazing.
Looks like our water tank got hit too.
Great water tank. Bet you all wish you had a water tank like this....
Our son by the tank - he does have a face but I have blanked it out.
Many people in Scotland are on private water supplies and have children. Many visitors to Scotland visit areas of outstanding beauty, they bring their children. Everyone drinks water.
The water supply is the landowner's responsibility. The tank belongs to the laird.
The laird could apply for an enormous grant, paid for by the public. He would get a grant for each of the private supplies which feed each house.
We could have watertight tanks.
There are only a few people who live here but each house receives many guests and visitors during the year so a lot of people ingest the water.
This is our water filter 10 minutes after it had been changed. Ten minutes.
We are told that one set of filters should last a year. The filters struggle after a couple of weeks and if they are not changed, the water does not run as it is too clogged up.
I am in a dilemma whether to move the children up to the farm where the air is not thick with human faeces but the water there is raw water, unfiltered and contains enormous amounts of coliforms, 'solids', e Coli and cryptosporidium.
Welcome to the areas of rural Scotland that the tourist board like to keep quiet about. The places where the houses are falling apart, where the tenants live in fear of retribution, where the water is toxic, where the beauty of the countryside belies the misery of the fractured communities. Where we are treated worse than the human faecal matter which is thrown on to the ground.