A Bale, email

A PRIEST is walking along a country lane and sees a young farmer struggling to load hay back onto a cart after it had fallen off.

“You look hot, my son,” the priest says. “Why don’t you rest for a moment? Then I’ll give you a hand.”

“No thanks,” the young farmer says. “My dad wouldn’t like me having a rest.”

“Come now, everyone is entitled to a break,” the priest says. “Why not rest for a bit?”

“No thanks Father, my dad would get angry,” the man says.

The priest gets a bit indignant. “Your father must be a real taskmaster,” he says. “Where is he? I’ll give him a piece of my mind!”

“Well,” the young farmer replies, “he’s under this load of hay.”