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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 7th May, 2020)

A harrowing time


A harrowing time
A harrowing time - for us, and the worms. Above Standish Hall Farm - on my isolation walk.

Photo: David Long  (Sony RX10 Mk3)
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Comment by: Mick on 7th May 2020 at 06:02

Being done by a British Red Tractor so it should be good.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 7th May 2020 at 07:42

A good shot David. Look at that dust
! I remember the old saying that ' a peck of March dust is worth a Kings ransom ' whats a peck of May dust worth I wonder ?!

Comment by: Poet on 7th May 2020 at 07:49

Classic centuries old scene. In the dusty wake of heavy horse or tractor the gulls have always had their mad dissonant feast.

Comment by: Philip G. on 7th May 2020 at 08:21

A monster problem for the enthusiast, if it were put to the 'saw.

Comment by: irene roberts on 7th May 2020 at 08:42

All the shops may be shut but life on the farm goes on. A good photo.

Comment by: Maureen on 7th May 2020 at 09:34

He doesn't need to social distance..just get on with his solid hard work.

Comment by: Beryl on 7th May 2020 at 10:31

Now that is a country scene. Takes me back to my potato picking holiday job at a Bamfurlong farm. Always loved the smell of newly turned soil especially at harvest time.

Comment by: Johnny on 7th May 2020 at 10:36

I watched a proramme last night on TV about Farmers Market in Bath.
Robbin' b***ers !
Wanting nine quid for a quarter pound of home- produced cheese !
And the mugs in Bath were queuing up!

Comment by: Veronica on 7th May 2020 at 10:40

Let's hope the harvest is gathered safely in..I could always nominate 3 or 4 Land Girls on here ... Eh Irene if there's a shortage of labour?! I have a baggy green jumper and a big straw hat - not got the jodpurs though!

Comment by: Maureen on 7th May 2020 at 11:03

I used to love going potato picking..pea picking mainly during School holidays,could make a decent amount of money too..Keith Holden the rugby player was always with us.
There's nothing like having a butty and bottle of pop in the open fresh air at dinner time.The farmer did once tell us off for waking him at 5 o'clock one morning..they were great days.

Comment by: irene roberts on 7th May 2020 at 11:32

Right, Land Girls of Wigan World, are we ready? Me, Veronica, Maureen, Elizabeth and anyone who would like to join us. All welcome. We can be the ladies from "Home Fires"...bags me being the posh one with the big hat! I'm putting it on tomorrow for VE Day. All our events are cancelled this year.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 7th May 2020 at 11:52

Mick - it may be red, but it's only claim to being British is that there's a chance it was assembled in a British factory - but it's just as likely it was built in Austria - by the American-owned Case IH company.

Comment by: Linma on 7th May 2020 at 12:59

How do the seagulls know when the farmer 👩‍🌾 starts ploughing?

Comment by: priscus on 7th May 2020 at 13:36

The old Massey Fergusons always seemed to be coloured grey, and the current Massey Fergusons always seem to be coloured red.

Reminiscent of Henry Ford's quip.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 7th May 2020 at 15:13

Not quite true, priscus - Fergusons were grey, and Massey-Harris' were red, and the Massey Fergusons produced after the 1958 merger of Massey-Harris and Fergusons were, and are red (though now made by AGCO in France). But not all red tractors are Massey-Fergusons.

Comment by: Elizabeth on 7th May 2020 at 18:27

Count me in Irene ! Like Beryl I remember potato picking at Walton's farm (Bamfurlong Hall Farm) when on holiday from school,back-breaking work though then.

Comment by: Steve on 7th May 2020 at 20:28

It should have been a David Brown Tractor then it would have been truly local. Made in Leigh

Comment by: Rev David Long on 8th May 2020 at 11:10

It's as near as you'll get to a David Brown tractor, Steve - Case took over DB in the 1970s - closing them down in 1986. However, I don't think the Leigh factory built tractors - they supplied parts to the Meltham works in Yorkshire.

Comment by: Beryl on 8th May 2020 at 11:31

I certainly remember sinking into the mud behind the tractor - my very first paid job, I was probably about 13/14yrs

Comment by: Rev David Long on 8th May 2020 at 19:46

Beryl - I remember those October half-terms well - especially as the farm I worked on was run by the uncle of a schoolfriend... who got the cushy job of driving the tractor whilst I wallowed in the mud behind!

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