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Wartime Farm

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 17:09

like you chris x,the field marshal brought back memories. a contractor who served the area did the threshing , one of three and the were kept very busy. the rig could be heard long before you could see it as it travelled along  the country lanes towing thresher baler and fuel bowser. neighbouring farms would send men to help with the threshing,of course they would have to be fed.we would sit down to a large hotpot followed by a steamed pudding in most cases it would be a dozen men .the contractor would then move to a neighbour then it would all start again.

Wartime Farm

Posted: 29/09/2012 at 17:22

nice to read the article on harrowing and the use of horses after seed were sown.as was stated first job was bringing cows in for milking.six am , milking machine was a manus and had a glass funnel connected from teat cup/liner this allowed you to see milk flowing as soon as the cluster was fitted.it was important that the four quarters were dry otherwise mastitis would affect the bag. milk had to be carried to the dairy and milk tipped into tank above a cooler which had filters to clean milk before running down cooler into milk kit or churn depending on which part of the country you farmed. dico 

Wartime Farm

Posted: 25/09/2012 at 16:10
wartime farm, both my wife and myself love to watch this show we can relate to lots of farming methods that i used as a lad going into farm service at 15years of age,i am now 76.horses were used for all carting ,haytime, harvest,all greencrops and of course,manure.the old fordson was used for crushing oats for cattle an pig feed.with its iron front wheels it was hard to manoeuvre to hitch up to crusher the belt drive had to be spot on otherwise it would fly off(never heard of safety at work back then).the two fergy tractors the boss bought when we went modern were t.v.o three point linkage,ilearned to plough it was easier than walking behind a pair of horses. no cabs cold metal seat a sack with straw that helped. my elder brother left me his greatcoat which he had in the home guard it kept the cold out.the older men i worked with said it was a hard life in the thirties and forties and work got done by horse and man power.im glad i saw the latter end of horse power and the introduction of tractors,threshing machines to combine haversters,loose hay to hay baler

Talkback: How to plant a bare-root rose

Posted: 23/03/2012 at 16:31
can i plant a new rose in an old rose site? i removed the old rose earlier in the year.
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