I remember the time when...

Discussion in 'Agricultural Matters' started by Landless Gentry, Apr 10, 2019.

  1. DrWazzock

    DrWazzock Member

    Yes, we can look back with rose tinted glasses, but i am very thankful for telehandlers and bulk handling now.

    Dad went for an X ray on his back when he had some trouble in his 40's. They said he had the spine of a 70 year old which worried us as a family. That's when he bought the Sanderson and his back lasted another 40 years.
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  2. unlacedgecko

    unlacedgecko Member

    North Lincolnshire
    This is why I don’t shear and have a combi clamp.
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  3. DrWazzock

    DrWazzock Member

    A lot here were/are German and reckoned there was nothing to go back to. We also had Polish refugees and airmen lodging in the farmhouse. These went on to be very successful businessmen and women but moved off the land to Birmingham with a start up loan from my grandfather. A Yugoslav worked on the farm. Strongest worker they had ever known.

    European workers are nothing new here.
  4. DrWazzock

    DrWazzock Member

    The Poles made my grandmother an engagement ring by melting down sixpences. Funny what you remember being told.
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  5. glasshouse

    glasshouse Member

    I know a man who still uses those old things.
    I sometimes do, but they are never folded in
  6. jendan

    jendan Member

    Big gateways or no fences?
  7. MF-ANDY

    MF-ANDY Member

    s.e cambs
    no. the burning paper did not start the engine it was there to aid the first ignition and was needed wether cartridge starting or hand cranking
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  8. David.

    David. Member

    J11 M40
    Not the lady dairy farmer who milked the Jerseys, wearing only her knickers in the Summer?
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  9. Exfarmer

    Exfarmer Member

    Bury St Edmunds
    I sadly never came across that one. :(
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  10. silverfox

    silverfox Member

    Alright for the farmer . Not so good for the men. It’s interesting listening to Derek talking, but I bet he wouldn’t give up the Merc and all the other luxuries we enjoy, holidays abroad etc, to return to day after day of toil until you popped your clogs.
    It is very interesting to see how it was done though .
  11. Kidds

    Kidds Member

    I remember the time the young lad working alongside me on a faraway farm decided to take the set of rolls over the concrete bridge over a river. That bridge was no more than a concrete slab and used to frighten me on a tractor with nothing behind it.
    Of course he put the “pups” in the water, no idea what he thought was going to happen. :D

    Boss gave him the bollocking of a lifetime and stormed off. Got 10 yards and turned back and sacked him altogether.
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  12. Forage Trader

    Forage Trader Member

    I'm looking forward to going to work today . I'm putting lands drains in a part of a field my brother never got to do . That was in the 60ts , apart from my family the most rewarding thing I do is working on the land and see it improve , if I can do that when I'm 85 all the better. Nothing wrong with dieing with your boots on if you enjoy what you do
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  13. glasshouse

    glasshouse Member

    Few fences and all gateways 28ft
    Cross the main road straight over.
    In the eighties i had 3 seperate blocks of 80 acre each wth no internal fences
    Being naturally lazy I bought cheap rollers at sales and left a set at each block
    2 of those blocks are now being built on,
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  14. Firmin railway sacks were cwt and half(12st) Barley

    14st Wheat and 2cwt(16st) Peas all tied with bailer twine tied in a corn tie'ers knot.

    All lifted using a hicking stick if you had a mate or winding barrow if alone.

    Been there, done it and got the t-shirt. (2 knee replacements and metal plate in back)
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  15. haggard143

    haggard143 Member

    I was told my maternal grandfather growing up proved he was a man by clapping two 56lb weights together over the top of his head
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  16. silverfox

    silverfox Member

    I enjoy a bit of draining as well. The Terex digger is a pleasure to drive. Much better than digging by hand
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  17. Forage Trader

    Forage Trader Member

    Stone did not turn up so did some hedge planting instead ,bit late but hope for the best
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  18. Forage Trader

    Forage Trader Member

    Our first digger was one like this . The cog slew would slip on a slope . It had no leveling jacks and no power loader so if you got stuck you were stuck 20190416_162904.jpg
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  19. I tell you what, that must have been viewed as the finest thing since bread was sliced when they started turning up. Those old cable drawn shovels were a bit of a nightmare from what I was told.
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  20. silverfox

    silverfox Member

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    Some we did recently. Just me and the Mrs .
    Wouldn’t have wanted to dig this by hand . 6 inch clay pipes, full of roots from the hedge .
    Very satisfying when the water starts to run .
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