I would like to thank those who stood by me during this saga. Those people who knew the circumstance 'first hand' AS THEY HAPPENED over 7 WEEKS AGO !
I told them of events at the time and all agreed the decision at that time was correct and fair.
Thank you All.
Elmers account (for the most part) is similar to mine and does bear some truth. This apart from the fact that the farmer in question MISLEAD us BOTH !
Of the 3 farms he owns I visited only one (that day in fact 5 miles further away) and saw from the main road, the other. Not the farm in question !!!
I was asked to pay over and above 3k+ for the stalking subject to walking the 2 un-visited farms first.
THIS WAS AT THE END OF DECEMBER LADS !!!
Last year !!!
I never did get to walk those 2 other farms because, in the meanwhile before this was arranged I rang Elmer and we went foxing together. Speaking with him that night and after hearing too many coincidental comments I put 2 and 2 together and realised I was actually on one of the other farms.
"F#CK" I thought !
So what did I do ???
I TOLD HIM THERE AND THEN, THAT SAME NIGHT of my situation.
"I'LL BACK OFF AND NEVER CONTACT THE FARMER AGAIN"
" I FEEL A RIGHT **** NOW" I said
and never contacted the farmer again.
As far as I was concerned that was that. Even though I was disappointed at an opportunity lost, I felt good for being HONEST and UPFRONT with Elmer.
THAT'S THE TRUTH
That was over 6 weeks ago. Then I call Elmer, I hear from ELMER himself earlier this week that the sh*t has hit the fan on the forum, "You had better check it out mate" he said. I didn't sleep one minute that night worrying.
I have even politely refused a generous offer from another Welsh based stalker on this site last year of a visit to his patch, to see his prize Reds. I declined because that is his little gold mine, and in my own words to him " I won't come down to see your patch, I will come for a cuppa and a chinwag and no more " just so that I would AVOID any situation such as this arising.
And now this happens !!!!!
Lads - Shoot me for being HONEST and UPFRONT with him. What would you have done in the same boat....awkward or what !
Sh*t sticks and it will take a long time for me to recover from this episode. I bear absolutely no malice towards anyone involved whatsoever,that includes comments made given the LIMITED facts available.
What's done is done.
Elmer is a gentleman and a generous person, I do like him and regard him as a friend still.
SikaMalc acted to protect the site. Elmer to protect his shoot rights.
I acted to protect fair play and honesty among MATES.
Ps Get both sides to a story before casting that first stone !!!!!