Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Life on the Farm is kinda laid back...

Or at least it is now, compared to yesteryear.

These harrows stand in our front yard. You can see them from the main road. 

I simply can't imagine spending days on the rickety seat, being pulled along by horses. Every single rut, ever stone must have been felt under those wheels. 

Then again, I think of the people who used a hand plough and those who only had a stick in which to make furrows to plant seeds.

I'm grateful that when we first came here, we had an old Fordson Major tractor. Blue in colour, though you can't tell from my  photo here. It lasted a number of years and faithfully ploughed our paddocks, dragged out trees and dug firebreaks. 

To replace this tractor, we've bought a Kuboto. Great tractor and so much easier to drive than the old beauty. And of course, what teenage boy could possibly resist the thrill of driving a tractor with his dad?

We've come a long way since the days of the harrow. Yester-year might sound romantic, but I think it would have been a lot of hard work, and not much romance. 

What do you think?



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