Sunday, 18 January 2015

Mucking Out And The Smallholding Inventor Makes More Projects.

 Who invented the myth that pigs don't pee and poo in their bed?  That's 4 wheelbarrows of strawy dung for the potato plot.  I wouldn't mind we made a slatted tank in their other room for them.
 Some of our mechanical pals.  The mini digger is parked next to the Ford 4600.  Number 1 son is making her a cab at the moment.  Besides her is the Fordson Dexta.  She was lovingly restored last year.  She's the same age as me.  For those of you are good at reckoning up.  She was made in 1963.  I wonder if she was made in Dagenham or Cork?

In front of the tractors are the home made log splitters.  The red one was his (number one son) first proto type.  The second one is designed for a compact tractor.  It's got wheels on it so that you can tow it to the tree.  Instead of taking the tree to the wood pile.  If you want one making leave a comment and we will give you my email.  Obviously we can't post it.  But we can find out how much a courier would charge.  You can always have an holiday here in West Cork and pick one up on the way home?
This is his latest project.  A tower ladder.  It's taller than the garage and guess who is typing this covered in red oxide paint ?  The wheel works to move the ladders.  It's got a brake attached to it!

 "Wish I was clever and could make Fings."

16 comments:

  1. Wow! I'm so impressed with all the bits you guys make.

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  2. Hi CT. Number one son is very good with his hands. I don't know where he gets it from, probably his mother. It's great to have some body to help around the smallholding and make and repair things. Thanks!

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  3. Brilliant makes, Twiglet wants me to tell you he loves your tractors. He always makes a beeline for them at the Emley Show. In fact we have a lot of farms round here and he used to run down the garden shouting Tracti if one drove by the end of the garden, we also had to wave at all the farmers on our walks :)
    Twiggy

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    1. Thanks Twiggy. Twiglet sounds like the kids here in West Cork. They can tell you the make and model of every passing tractor. Country folk do seem to wave and talk, don't they? Did you see the scene in Crocodile Dundee when Mick say "Good day" to every passer by? We love vintage tracters too.

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    2. So do we Dave, but they have become so expensive here, as collectors items instead of work horses.
      You must be a very proud Daddy. Your son will go far!
      Incidentally, Nasturtiums are edible. They have a strong peppery flavour, the stems will make your eyes water but the flowers are milder.

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  4. Pleased to hear it Irene. You can still pick plenty of old tractors up here. Especially dead ones or one's that need some TLC and lots of pounds or euros thrown at them. We have a few renovation projects on the go at the moment. One is a grey Fergie from the 1950's.

    Number one son is a clever lad. He will always make himself a few pounds.

    I could feed the Nasturtiums to the pigs if we don't like them, couldn't I? Thanks!

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  5. Nice to see all the projects going on in your yard Dave and the inventions and adaptions that go on in the countryside. We always have plenty of things going on around here too.

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  6. Hi Rachel. Hope you enjoyed your trip to Budapest. It looks a wonderful place on your blog. Yes a lot of inventions are made on farms aren't they? Thanks for your comment Rachel.

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    1. Yes it's the best cure for rural isolation John. It's good to have help around the farm. Thanks!

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  8. Being able to make things is the best skill you have. It will keep him happy through life if he's anything like me.

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    1. Yes Kev, he's very practical like you are. He's like a modern day Blacksmith, making, inventing and fixing things. Thanks!

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  9. I once got stuck inside my pigs sty
    ( the sow blocked my exit cos she was in season)
    It was a lovely clean and warm experience!

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  10. More hilarious tales from North Wales, John. They are funny characters aren't they? What breeds did you keep?

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  11. My partner and his dad used to restore old tractors and take them to shows. I think I remember one of them required setting light to something in the front and cranking a handle? It involved a lot of cursing.

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    1. Hi Chickpea. It must have been wonderful taking the old tractors to shows. It sounds like a very ancient machine, like a traction engine or a tractor from the war. Cursing does help make old engines turn and start!

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