Hello again ! Here at Muddytrac Farm I’ve been very busy getting ready for the Christmas rush. The ‘little people’ are putting in extra hours hardly stopping for a quick cuppa tea. Anyway, whilst there has been plenty of business at Muddytrac Farm I have been on tour across the water to Scotland and beyond. It seems like only a blink of time since I caught the Stena HSS Belfast to Cairnryan boat. The ‘Stena Plus’ Lounge was great. Nice comfy big seats, fine tray bakes and splendid coffee. The Staff were really friendly and made me feel at home – albeit a home on water ! Sitting there, cruising along and reading the FT ( Financial Times ) – it was great. After disembarkation I headed down the road where I stopped to get a quick picture of the boat.
After travelling for some time I decided to stop off for a quick cuppa tea at Gretna. You may recognise this very famous location. Fear not – I did not run off with a lady tractor to tie the knot ! Feeling a little nostalgic I put up one of my advertising boards to remind you all of the ‘Our Time Our Place’ campaign to boost Northern Ireland tourism in 2012 – I think it worked.
Stop Off At Gretna – Just For Tea !
I ‘forged’ on until I arrived at my final destination – The Rheged Centre at Penrith.
So what was I doing at The Rheged Centre ? Well – at the invitation of Peter and Sharon at www.132farmingmodels.co.uk I was attending the Lakeland Model Farm and Construction Show with the Muddyfarm Models Stand.
I had a fab time and somehow even managed to get a quick film of my visit. You can see my film on the Muddyfarm Models Facebook page. Here are some images of the Muddyfarm Models stand at Lakeland Model Farm and Construction Show.
I had a great time at the Show. Lots of tractors and loads of model tractor enthusiasts. Peter and Sharon organised a raffle, tombola and auction. These raised £930 for the charity CLIC SARGENT ….. well done ! Here are some more pictures from the Show.
I really enjoyed myself at The Lakeland Show. However, I also felt a wee bit sad as I left some of my muddy friends behind. Three of the latest New Holland T7 315 tractors all nice and dirty went to new owners.
A tidy Valtra T series tractor and Triathlon Spreader loaded with manure
and a real red rocket Massey Ferguson 3080 also went to new owners.
All good machines and I’m sure they will be very happy on their new farms.
All to soon the Show was over. It was time to make the long journey home back to Muddytrac Farm in County Antrim. I travelled back with happy memories of a great Show, lots of nice people and with a sense of anticipation as soon it would be time for my ‘home show’ at Portrush. The Northern Ireland Farm Toy and Model Show is taking place at Magherabuoy House Hotel, Portrush on Friday 25th November. You can be sure I’ll be spreading the word. Until my next post this is Jake the Tractor ‘on the road again’ and keeping er lit !