- 26 Mar 2007
- Reaction score
- County Durham
how the hell old are you? :shock:CHJ":17hy4z6k said:That's a very attractive vehicle you have there, somewhat posher than the working carts and wagons I was brought up with.
Referb. or new build?
Old enough to leave Brum in late 1945 as soon as the war finished, and live on a farm in Worcestershire that had no electricity and no tractors at the start, we had three horses. A shire for the heavy work, a Dray horse much the same as referred to here and a smaller Pony for the trap and what was supposed to be for me.TheTiddles":2i0g19lr said:how the hell old are you? :shock:
Is that why you became such a shh, shher sherr (Insert Arkwright impression) sure you wanted to work with wood. :lol:Jacob":1lgg8sss said:My first job was farm labourer. They still had a horse which they used for odd jobs. Muck spreading was little cart loads in neat heaps over a field which over-wintered and then were spread by me :shock: - chucking each forkful up in the air and bashing it with the fork like a tennis serve.
They also had a tractor driven spreader
It spread muck really well from the back but unfortunately also flung it forwards making a thick wet crust on to the back of the driver - me :shock: . I think it was supposed to have a baffle plate of some sort to prevent this but it had been borrowed to replace the missing pigsty door or something.
You could wash it out of your hair and ears, off your neck, but never quite get rid of the smell for days.
Yes an old bridle, a length of binder twine for reins and a hessian sack if lucky for a saddle, used to travel miles, another pastime once I could get a yoke on her was to drag any old timber from around the district back for the firewood stack or for Bonfire night.Alan Jones":2c2jnpbg said:Thats a lovely old photograph Chas bet it brings back a lot of fond memories
Petrol-TVO (Tractor Vaporizing Oil (paraffin) ) About the same as our current heating oil I think. We had a Fergy that was a pig to judge when to change over, I carry the scars from a Fordson handle that bit me.Jacob":3rru2029 said:..... Took longer to start the tractor - hand cranked with serious risk of arm breakage - by me :shock: and changing from petrol to diesel after a few minutes. Or was it paraffin I seem to recall. ....