THE photo of ‘Sue x’ etched in huge letters into a Oxfordshire field sparked bafflement across social media – but it was all the attempt of a grumpy farmer to apologise to his wife.
Farmer Murray Graham used a GPS-operated tractor to spray the crops in the shape of his wife Sue’s name.
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He was hoping to get his son George, a pilot, to take a photo of his romantic effort and show it to Sue.
However, Murray was beaten to it by a mystified helicopter pilot with the National Police Air Service, who tweeted the picture to the world with the caption: “Does a nyone know Sue?”
The farmer only realised his surprise gesture had been ruined when friends started to tag him in social media posts after the tweet went viral.
Both he and his wife were working in the rural Chiltern hills without mobile signal for much of Friday, and so didn’t realise the scale of the hunt to find Sue.
Facebook Farmer Murray wanted to apologise to wife Sue for his ‘moody’ behaviour Facebook The couple were away working, so didn’t realise Murray’s act had gone viral until yesterday evening
The grumpy farmer told BBC Radio Oxford that he wanted to prove to his wife of 22 years that “I’m not quite as grumpy and old as perhaps I make out occasionally.
“As ever, everything has its ups and downs, so I thought I’d try and make a gesture at some point, and that was the one I chose.”
Facebook Murray and Sue have been married for 22 years, and run a farm in Tetsworth, near Thame
He added: “I sprayed it the best part of two weeks ago – it takes a while for it to become apparent.
“I said to George ‘when you’re down there see what you can see’, and I didn’t tell him what it was.
Son George said: “I suppose Dad wanted to express his love in the most creative way he could.”
The massive letters could even be seen from SPACE, according to a lecturer in Geography at Bournemouth University.
Facebook Son George said he wasn’t sure how much Murray’s gesture would have appeased mum Sue
Twitter users spent hours debating whether it could be an advert for a law firm, or even for Suex underwater scooters.
George added: “I don’t know if what he’s done is sufficient appeasement for Mum, but it certainly caused a stir on social media.”