Speed Bonnie Tractor !

Ahoy chums ! How’s it going with you ? This is your ‘wee friend’ Jake The Tractor.

Its me - Jake !

Its me – Jake !


I know it has been a wee while since I last wrote. Anyway I guess I had better let you know about my latest adventure.  No doubt you are familiar with the words  ‘Speed bonnie tractor like a bird on the wing, Onward the sailors cry’  from the very famous The Skye Boat Song.  I have known about this song from years ago when I was a very tiny tractor – so my inspiration comes from there and thanks are due to Mama Tractor for teaching me.

Anyway – I decided that I was overdue a trip to Bonnie Scotland.  I must admit to having enjoyed the Stena Line film about Linda. I decided that if Linda could do it – so could I ! This adventure is one for the guys of all ages.  It was a long drive to Belfast and I didn’t even have a ticket for the boat ! After scratching my cab roof for a while I came up with an ingenious plan. I knew of someone who could give me a lift and maybe get me on board the big Stena Line boat which sails between Belfast and Cairnryan.

The day of the ferry crossing arrived. I slipped into a rather large bag shortly before the bag owner picked it up and put it inside their car. Then we were off ! We  zoomed along the road to Belfast and I must say that, that new stretch of dualling on the A26  fair speeds up the drive to Belfast or to Portrush if you happen to be going the other way.

We parked up at Belfast Stena Line Terminal and soon a nice man in a yellow jacket waved us forward. At last – we were going on board. We edged slowly up the ramp and parked at the far end of the boat. There were cars and lorries and buses and motorbikes on board. However, I didn’t see any other tractors.

Not to worry. The bag I was in was lifted and carried on board. Up some steps we went. Soon we arrived in a big spacious lounge with comfy seats. Clearly the seats were very comfy as no sooner was I set down than  I heard the rumble rumble of man snoring. I decided it was time for an adventure ….

I'm Coming Out !

I’m Coming Out !


I could wait no longer. Slowly I crept out of the bag and  rolled across the lounge.  I darted between chairs and tables – no one saw me !  I had successfully slipped on board the Stena Line SuperFast VIII.  I looked around for a while and then I noticed a  friendly member of the crew whose name was Chris.

Meet Chris from Stena Line!

Meet Chris from Stena Line !

We struck up a rapport very quickly and soon were chatting away about trains and tractors – maybe not the usual sort of conversation you would have on a boat. Oh well there’s a first for everything.

Chris was really helpful and sorted me out with a nice cuppa tea and a massive muffin. Well I was a little bit peckish so I tucked in and before too long ….

Muffin gone !

Muffin gone !


Feeling energised I decided to ask Chris a wee question … would there be any chance of taking a turn up round the bridge and meeting the Captain ? “That’s an interesting idea” said Chris ” Leave it with me.”

"An interesting idea" says Chris.

“An interesting idea” says Chris.


Shortly afterwards Chris appeared back after having had a word with Margaret at Customer Services. “It looks like it is forward all tractors”  said Chris as he introduced me to his Stena Line colleague; Ryan.

Chris and Ryan with me.

Chris and Ryan with me.


We made our way upstairs to the bridge of the Stena Line SuperFast VIII. My first thoughts were ‘wow – this is just like the Starship Enterprise.‘ What an array of hitech  equipment  – it was way ahead of the old power shuttle for sure. I just happened to notice a rather fine cap sitting. Well what else would you expect me to do  ?

If the cap fits !

If the cap fits !


Now I know you may well be thinking to yourself  how very well I look with the Captain’s cap perched on my cab roof. It wasn’t a perfect fit by any means. For a time I felt that I was a great Admiral of the seas going forth where no tractor had gone before.  We are sailing, ruling the waves, master and commander. I was really enjoying this surreal drifting away experience when I was brought back to reality by the sound of laughter. Chris and his colleague Stuart ( or Stewart ) were having a fair old chuckle at the sight of me wearing the Captain’s cap.

You're having a laugh !

You’re having a laugh !


Honestly – they were laughing that hard that I started chuckling away myself.  With all the uproar on the bridge it came as no surprise when the Captain himself appeared. On no – we were in trouble !  However it turned out that I was worrying needlessly. It transpired that Captain Mike was very friendly and had a great sense of humour. The magic of the moment was duly recognised – could this be the first time ever that a tractor had been on the bridge of a Stena Line vessel or for that matter any boat at sea ?

My friend Captain Mike.

My friend Captain Mike.


What a time we had sharing stories and  songs. All too soon it was time for me to head on, but not before we got a fine group picture which is just below.

Smile you're on Stena Line Super Fast VIII

Smile you’re travelling on  Stena Line Super Fast VIII


As I mentioned earlier I was inspired by Linda’s journey with Stena Line. I decided to continue with my adventure. Next stop – the Shop. I had a fair old time at the Shop and yes  I did feel a Millions dollars as I cruised across the Chanel. The Shop is very much a Quality Street with a great selection of fragrances, sweet nibbles, magazines, books and gifts. No I didn’t buy a handbag as Linda had done.

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Tractors enjoy shopping too !


After the shop I took a quick turn up to the Spa and  Stena Plus lounge which I highly recommend if you fancy indulging yourself a little bit more, of course you know…..  you’re worth it !

You're worth it !

You’re worth it


I decided to take a  time of contemplation out on deck to top up my tan. It was very much that sort of day when you get that cruise ship sort of feel.

Sunning myself.

Sunning myself.


Other people were out on deck as well enjoying the smooth sailing experience and soaking up the rays. It was as I was on deck that I bumped into Ryan from Southampton and Ian from Portsmouth. I told them something of my story and that they can also find me on Facebook at Muddyfarm Models. Can you guess which motorbikes they like ?

Husqvarna fans - Ryan and Ian

Husqvarna fans – Ryan and Ian


We were nearly at Cairnryan Port. My adventure on Stena Line SuperFast VIII was almost at an end.  As I stood there looking out across Lough Ryan I felt really happy at how all my expectations had been surpassed by Chris, Ryan, Stuart ( Stewart) and Captain Mike who had made my trip so special; and made a tiny tractor’s dream come true.  One final word before I go …. Linda eat your heart out ! Thanks to all at Stena Line for making Jake the Tractor a very happy tractor. If you want to feel like a very Speed Bonnie Tractor …. be sure to travel with Stena Line.

Jake Sails Stena Line

Jake Sails Stena Line


Glens Of Antrim Road Trip

I have been on the road once again. This time I went exploring the famous Glens of Antrim. It was a lovely sunny day and I started my trip at Ballycastle Visitor Information Centre at Portnagree House. There we had a meet and greet session and were introduced to our guide for the day – Liz Weir.

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Here I am with my wonderful guide for the day – Liz Weir who  informed and entertained all day long. Local information, history, myths and legends as well as poetry were all part of Liz’s repertoire.


After the Visitors Centre at the seafront in Ballycastle we made our way to an aptly named establishment. Here I took some time to relax and savour the delights at Thyme and Co. I had never been before – but I will be back. The scones were adorable and the staff gave us the warmest of Ballycastle welcomes. You should call in and see for yourself.

Liz Weir

 Here I am outside Thyme and Co.


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It wasn’t me – honest !

Scones As Big As A tractor !

Scones as big as a tractor !


All too soon it was time to head off on the next stage of my Glens of Antrim road trip. A leisurely drive was taken out the Antrim Coast Road passing through Ballyvoy, slipping past the vanishing lake of Loughareema, crossing the Glendun Viaduct before rolling down through Cushendall and on to our next stop at Glenariff Beach. Here we were met by the local Outdoor Recreation Officer who gave us an informative talk on outdoor opportunities in the Glens. A gentle stroll / drive along the beach was enhanced by the sunny shimmering stillness of the day. As the water lapped up onto the beach the sense of peace and tranquility  were encapsulated in a moment in time which will long be treasured. I would certainly encourage anyone who needs or would like to unwind from the dizzy hectic bustle of modern life to step into the Glen that is Glenariffe. You will of course deserve an ice cream, tea, coffee or some nice pastries and the very place is right there. The ladies at Waterfoot Community Cafe Project will give you a warm welcome.

Glenariffe

Glenariffe

Our Guide.

Outdoor Recreation Officer .

Our Party and Waterfoor Community Cafe

Our Party and Waterfoot Community Cafe.

Taking in some information about The Antrim Coast and Glens AONB

What a view !

What a view !


We drove back up the Antrim Coast Road to Cushendall where we dipped in for a bite of lunch at Harry’s Cushendall. This is a restaurant of some renown and people travel to enjoy the excellent local cuisine served there.  I must admit I partook of some rather fine local Salmon – wonderful ! I even managed to take a moment or two for a wee pic. The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens CouncilMura Hickey addressed us and appraised us of the exciting opportunities for business’s and visitors alike in the Glens Of Antrim.

Harrys - You Rock !

Harrys – You Rock !

Mayor Mura Hickey

Mayor Mura Hickey


With a scrumptious lunch devoured we set off for the magical Cushendun. When you pass along the Antrim Coast Road – do not miss Cushendun. I repeat – do not miss Cushendun. This is a true gem which you could very easily drive past as you travel north towards Ballycastle. Here you will find a place of unspoilt beauty, the Cushendun Caves as used in Game Of Thrones and the exquisite traditional pub – Mary McBrides.  We stopped for some time at Cushendun where another excellent local guide; Mark Rodgers of Dalriada Kingdom Tours took us on a journey in to the ancient past and  the Game of Thrones.  We also met another guide – Tommy Collins who is a local Blue Badge Guide. I think I may have inspired both Mark and Tommy. After that we headed over to Mary McBrides for some storytelling, traditional music and refreshment…

A Passage In Time.

A Passage In Time.

Let Me Out !

Let Me Out !

You're joking - the Tractor wants to be a tour guide ? ?

You’re joking – the Tractor wants to be a tour guide ? ?

No parts for a Tractor in Game of Thrones !

Any  parts for a Tractor in Game of Thrones  ?


Well and truly relaxed and inspired by the stories I took some more time out to savour the stillness at Cushendun. If you find it hard to relax – just copy me in the picture below.

I'm just chilling with the trees.

I’m just chilling with the trees.


My last port of call was to Watertop Farm where Paddy told us of the work at the Farm and the experiences which are to be had there by young and old alike.  I even took to a session of laser combat provided by Ardclinis. All too soon it was time to return to Ballycastle and on to the home trail to Muddytrac Farm. Be sure to visit the Glens of Antrim.  In July you might also like to visit the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club from 6th to 9th of July. This is Jake the Tractor wishing you well wherever you are.

All the best !

All the best !

Why Don’t You Visit Model Tractor Shows ?

Hello again ! Why don’t you visit Model Tractors Shows – they’re great. It’s been a couple of weeks since I last wrote a blog – I’ve been pretty busy.   I am just back from the Model Tractor Plant and Construction Show run by Meridienne Exhibitions at Warwickshire Exhibition Centre.  I sure had a great time. I met lots of  tractors fans of all ages and even had my picture taken with one or two. You can see some films of my visit on the Muddyfarm Models facebook page.   It was great to be at the Show and to introduce lots of  new tractor fans to our muddy models.  Whilst it was a happy occasion  – it was also a little bit sad as I had to say bye bye to quite a few of my muddy friends  including this big John Deere 9460R which has joined a fleet in Derbyshire.  I’m sure he will be a firm favourite.   I looked up to that big tractor – it was hard not to – he was ginormous !

Our Big John Deere

Our Big John Deere-.


Muddyfarm Models had a large stand filled with muddy and weathered models including tractors, tankers, implements, machinery and even weathered Kane Classic Trailers – some of which were loaded with silage ! ( not real silage of course ) They all went to new owners.  We even parted company with our dependable Joskin Modulo tanker which has gone to a new owner in Wales.

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Muddy Models Galore !

 

Muddy Models Galore !

New Releases: Weathered Kane Classic Trailers.


Of course there were masses of model tractors of all sizes and even real tractors including a mighty impressive Valtra. Here are some images of real tractors at the Show.

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Hard Worker !

Hard Worker !

Keeping Watch Over The Tractors !


In a world of their own were these exceedingly tiny tractors. I had to look really close to see them. The gentleman responsible had crafted superb replicas of real working tractors and machinery inserting them into an incredibly detailed miniature diorama that makes you feel you have stepped into the world of Gullivers Travels !

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 Tiny Dioramas Packed With Detail.

In A World Of Their Own


There were so many tractor, plant and construction models at the Show. Here are some images –  enjoy.

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Superb Dioramas


As well as the dioramas there were also displays including radio controlled vehicles and machinery.

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They Came From Wales !

 

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Amazing Massey Ferguson 240

 

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Magic Massey Ferguson 550.

 

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Simply Incredible !

 

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Radio Control.

Drag line Display.

Drag Line Display.

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John Deeres Taking A Break.


I had a great time at the Show and Ken from Wales very kindly spoke some of the Welsh language to me – you can see this on our facebook page.

What A Team !

What A Team !


Now I’m safely back home at Muddytrac Farm. The ‘little people‘ gave us a warm welcome. Today we have taken a well earned rest. Tomorrow it is back to work. I hope this blog has given you a little flavour about model tractor shows – we love them and are sure you will too. Take a look in magazines such as Model Farmer, Tractor and Machinery and Classic Tractor  to see information on more shows taking place. There are shows taking place throughout the World and if you look I’m sure you will find one not too far away from you. Why don’t you visit model tractor shows and discover an incredible group of very talented people. You may be surprised who you meet. You may even surprise yourself to find you have an undiscovered interest in the world of tiny and not so tiny tractors. So whether you are a little person or a bigger person go along and support your local model tractor shows and get on board  your very own journey of discovery. As Buzz Lightyear said; ‘To Infinity and beyond’  – I just say never mind infinity get up close and vrooom into the field of tiny tractors.   Of course in only a few weeks we will be holding our own Show at Portrush in Northern Ireland.

Show Dates

Catch up soon. Do get in touch, get involved, keep involved and enjoy the world of model tractors !  Best regards.  Your Friend,  ‘Jake The Tractor’

PS: Do take a look at our facebook and twitter pages.

Which Way Now ?

Which way now ?  I’m just sitting here, perched on this rock and enjoying the views on the Causeway Coast of Northern Ireland.   Sometimes along comes a nice sunny day, blue skies interspersed with white puffy clouds and its kind of easy just to slow down and take it easy.  Do you sit contentedly on your rock, pop on the shades and catch a few rays  and follow the words of  The Eagles ‘ Take it easy, take it easy. Don’t let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy’  Or do you get up and go and see where the road or track leads ?

Which Way Now ?

Which Way Now ?


I looked this way and that way….

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This way ….

This way, that way.

That way …..


Maybe it was the sound of the waves lapping up on to Runkerry Beach, perhaps it was the  sun glinting on my bonnet – I dunno.  All I know is I decided to make tracks along a  path.

The path forwards.

The path forwards.


I rumbled  along the gravel path which slowly descended alongside Bushfoot Golf Club and the famous River Bush. Up ahead  golden sands and dunes  carpeted with maram grass beckoned me on. Perhaps it was in a parallel reality that I imagined some golden  beach in the south of France that entranced and enticed me onwards, onwards drawing me ever forward like a modern day Lawrence of Arabia crying Aqaba, Aqaba ! Thankfully there was no one about when this re-enactment took place.  I know, I know – you can imagine this surreal vision of  a dirty little green tractor charging along a gravel path at full throttle shouting Aqaba Aqaba ! At this point  I did a bit of a spin swinging around 180 degrees.  There was the mouth of the River Bush and I realised just how  far I had already come.

Looking back.

Looking back.


I swung around, up ahead  stood a wooden bridge.  This sometimes happens in life – you come to a point where you must decide whether to turn back, or go on.  There was no going back. I must cross that bridge !

Cross that bridge !

Cross that bridge !


It was only a small bridge, however it was strong enough and I was brave enough to crawl across as lightly as I could. Down below the peaty brown waters of the Bush swirled  through on their way to the sea.

Swirling along.

Swirling along.


I pressed onwards. Up and over the golden sands and on to a wooden path fringing the meandering Bush. On my approach, golfers across the way hastily departed. All that remained was the wise old Bush offering peace to reflect a moment mirrored in time.  Isn’t it nice to pause for thought and reflection.

A moment in time.

A moment in time.


A wise old tractor used to say to me to ‘ houl back’  and keep looking ahead. I have to say that this was very sound advice. There is a lot to be said for not hurrying  and watching where you are going.  As one who has experience of putting their nose into a ditch I  heartily endorse that wisdom. Slow down, take your time and watch where you are going is good advice for tractor drivers and drivers of all ages.

Looking towards Runkerry.

Looking ahead.


Pressing on, taking our time and watching where we are going  can certainly help to get and keep us on track.  Here are the tracks which run from Bushmills to the Giants Causeway.   Please note that no trains were harmed in the making of this Blog. In fact there weren’t any trains running  when I came by this way. Sometimes all there is, is a straight grey path vanishing into the distance or a rusty set of rails bearing silent witness to friends from distant lands who have travelled  here.

Get on track.

Get on track.


Yesterday someone came along here,  today I travelled this path. Tomorrow it may be you who follow this route.  Whatever you do – houl back, take it easy. Pause and reflect.  Recharged – focus and press onwards.  I enjoyed my run out from Portballintrae towards Runkerry and The Giants Causeway. I know you would too.  Why don’t you make a point of visiting and experiencing the joys of this relaxing scenic way – soon.  Who knows I might even be there myself ! For now this is your friend ‘Jake the Tractor‘  wishing you well and hoping you know  which way now, wherever you are. Do remember to take a wee look in our Shop.

See you soon !

See you soon !

Sowing the Seeds for Success in this New Year !

Have you started sowing the seeds for this new year ? I know that it is very easy not to bother doing anything. Pull the duvet up, turn over and go back to sleep – or in my case  stay close to the hay ! Dull grey days, dark nights, cold. It is very tempting to just put on the heat, park in a seat and engage with a TV, laptop, mobile phone or computer screen. Don’t do it ! Don’t surrender a whole new year to  the soft seated path to nowhere – you probably deserve better, a whole lot better. Time to shake rattle and roll into some directed activity. Get out of your tree, hit the ground and get going.

Get out of your tree !

Get out of your tree !


We are I guess creatures of habit and comfort is one of those habits. However, the guy who sat comfortably at the fire for a long time soon got cold as no one brought in any more fuel for the fire.  You gotta put fuel on your fire if you want a bit of heat. Here’s some thoughts to help us all focus on not sitting sedately as the year slides away.

Sow seeds.

Sow seeds.


You have to sow some seeds – the question is what seeds and what with ?  Well a good starting point is to take a ‘walk of decision.’  Of course it could as easily be a run, a cycle or a drive.  In essence you gotta step out of the usual box and move into free space – away from the impeding clutter of TV, laptop, computer, or mobile phone.  As you go you can ‘swing backwards and forwards’ in your mind.  ‘What have I not done  and what could I do ?’   Is there something you have seen or heard along life’s path up until now. Something that perhaps someone else has done ? Could the person with numerous decades on the clock who has taken up sky diving  be an inspiration – it’s never too late to find out.  What about that person who has cycled hundreds of miles, trekked across mountains or sailed vast oceans. These have all one thing in common – they didn’t do it from the comfort of an armchair, thumbing on their phone or staring hypnotically at a computer screen.


I am reminded of an excellent book  ‘Your Best Year Yet’ written by Jenny Dittzler.  This is a great aid and guide to help you set down some goals from small to large, from hobby or holidays to career or business.  Once you have taken that walk, cycle, run, drive or general timeout; it is time to write out some goals for your year ahead. Write these in a specific book or even a diary.  There is virtually no point in keeping the ideas in your head – they have to be sown.  By writing some goals down you are sowing your seed. It is very much in keeping with the idea of creating a building. The building starts as an idea, it gets written down, drawn, evaluated and eventually constructed.   Again the same holds true for creating cars, buses, boats, tractors or basically anything.

So you have the seeds of ideas and you have the method of applying the seeds – you are your very own seed drill. However there’s no point in the seed drill staying nice  and clean and shiny. It has to ‘get dirty’ and get active sowing the seeds like this busy seed drill  has done.

A Busy Seed Drill.

A Busy Seed Drill.


Set Some Goals.

You may set some different kinds of goals perhaps even like these general ones below.

1: Home. Are there jobs or projects you would like to do round your home ? Decorating, gardening etc

2: Family. Perhaps some family occasions which you could start to plan for now.

3: Travel / Holidays.  Is there somewhere you would really like to go to ?

4: Work or Business.  Do more, less or change direction.

5: Sport. Try out a new sport, join a club etc.

6: Hobbies. As big or as small as you choose. There are all sorts of hobbies and if you can’t choose one – create your own.

The ‘golden rule’ is of course,  give yourself credit when you have taken action and made progress with your goals.  See how you progress, be patient with yourself  and don’t be afraid to alter your goals – remember they are ‘your goals’

I’d be glad to hear how you get along, so do feel free to get in touch with me; ‘Jake the Tractor’ I wish you well as you plan, prepare and sow your seeds for 2017. Right now, I’m for ‘hitting the road.’

Hit The road Jake !

Hit The road Jake !


Like your own combination ? Email us at: info@nationalminitrac.com

Like your own combination ? Email us at: info@nationalminitrac.com

Christmas Has Gone – 2017 Here I Come !

Hello again friends.  I hope this finds you well and enjoying a rest over the Christmas season. Christmas 2016 has come and gone.  I can hardly believe that it was only a few weeks ago the cards were being written and sent, presents being bought, decorations and the Christmas tree put up.

Nice To See You.

Nice To See You.

How time flies when you are enjoying yourself.  Here at Muddytrac Farm the team at Muddyfarm Models have had a busy lead up to Christmas.  Dirtied New Holland tractors as well as Herron and NC tankers proved to be very popular.

Dirtied New Holland Tractor.

Dirtied New Holland Tractor.

Dirtied Herron Ferry Tankers.

Dirtied Herron Ferry Tankers.

Dirtied NC Tankers.

Dirtied NC Tankers.


I do love Christmas and seeing Santa just adds to the occasion.

It's Santa !

It’s Santa !


Of course there is always lots of other things going on as well. I had a wee run down to Jordanstown  one day to Al’s ‘old campus’ just below Knockagh.  Incidentally I have to say that if you have never been I would highly recommend you take a visit to Knockagh Monument. Take some time out, maybe take a picnic and soak up the stillness and serenity of this superb vantage point overlooking Belfast Lough.  See County Down stretch out and fade away into the distant Mournes. Watch the boats  sail into and out of Belfast.  Far  below watch as the ‘tiny’ Larne train darts back and forth midst the bustle of east Antrim life.

Well I didn’t want to hang around at Knockagh too long that day in case I got cold feet. Instead I went on to somewhere a little warmer – the ‘old campus.’  It has changed somewhat over the years;  though the long central spine walkway remains an ever present right of passage for those who dare to pass that way. In the great hall there was an expectant buzz as people thronged for a great occasion.  Mitre boards and gowns of multi coloured  splendour  descended and then amongst the procession – I saw him !  Bedecked in black and gold was none other than, not Santa – the Chancellor ! After a very fine address the Chancellor conferred awards. This is the Chancellor below – you may recognise him.

The Chancellor.

The Chancellor –  James Nesbitt.


After my trip to Jordanstown and seeing one ‘great man’ there was another ‘great man’ to wait for – Santa Claus.  Excitement built as Christmas drew ever closer. I wrote a note to Santa  and put it in the post.  Some liquid refreshment and a mince pie were left for Santa. A wee carrot or two were left for Rudolph and friends. Then I went off to bed. I must admit I could hardly sleep. Somehow I got over but not before I thought I heard the sound of reindeer hoofs pawing on the roof. I took a look out – but saw absolutely nothing.  Morning came and I rushed to see what Santa had left under the Christmas Tree.

Well I could hardly believe my eyes – what a surprise. Santa had really pulled out all the stops with some CLAAS  and very Deere gifts. Take a look at these pictures to see what Santa brought me.

Deere Me - What A Deere !

Deere Me – What A Deere !

Absolutely CLAAS !

Absolutely CLAAS !


I had a great time over Christmas and I hope that you did too.  Christmas can be a very expensive time  however some of the best gifts we can give and receive are free. I’d like to share a gift with you right now which is absolutely free and which you can give to anyone, anytime of year.  Try this and see for yourself.

Smiling

Smiling is infectious, you can catch it like the flu,

When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too.

I walked around the corner and someone saw me grin,

When he smiled I realised I had passed it on to him.

I thought about the smile and then realised its’ worth,

A single smile like mine could travel round the earth.

So if you feel a smile begin, don’t leave it undetected,

Start an epidemic quick and get the World infected.

( Author Unknown)


Well now that Christmas is over we have had several new arrivals here at Muddytrac Farm.  Some ‘new’ New Holland Tractors and a Kverneland seed drill have just arrived in and soon will be heading off to new owners. This is them pictured below:

Kverneland Seed Drill.

Kverneland Seed Drill.

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New Holland T6 180 Tractor.

New Holland T6 180 Tractor.

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New Holland T6 180 Tractor and Loader.

New Holland T6 180 Tractor and Loader.

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New Holland T7 315 Tractor.

New Holland T7 315 Tractor.

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Well that’s about all for now. Thanks for looking in and do get in touch.  For now this is your friend  ‘Jake the Tractor’ wishing you a very Happy and Successful 2017.

 Best Wishes for 2017 !

Best Wishes for 2017 !

 

Jake the Tractor Takes ‘Grand Tour’ To No. 10 Downing Street !

A Grand Tour To No.10 Downing Street.

Can it really get any better than this ?  A grand tour to No. 10 Downing Street ? Sometimes it is hard to know where to begin. This year has been a real fired up, all systems go kind of adventure.  I have met so many people and got up to all kinds of things – it has been totally amazing.  Well as I trundled along on this amazing year I wasn’t quite prepared for what happened. Out of the blue,  I got a phone call from a lovely lady at Small Business Saturday UK asking if I might be interested in going along to a reception at No.10 Downing Street. Well you know me, I didn’t have to think twice ” Count me in ” I said.  I had hardly put the phone down when some of the ‘little people’ came over and asked what I looked so excited about. “Its a secret” I said “but I’ll tell you nearer the time.”  So things went on as usual. More loads of potatoes were brought into the Farm and I  quietly prepared for ‘the visit’

Another Day At Muddytrac Farm.

Another Day At Muddytrac Farm.


To Clean Or Not To Clean – That Is The Question.

Well I had a bit of a tricky decision to make – to clean or not to clean.  Given an occasion like this one would want to look and smell one’s best.  If I went nice and clean and polished up I would be just like a new tractor fresh out of the factory. However if I went in my usual look that would be representative of both the muddy tractors produced at Muddytrac Farm and myself. The decision was made – no need for the pressure washer after all.


I've Got The Look

I’ve Got The Look !


I need Help !

The more I thought about the visit to No.10 the more I realised – I need help !  So, I had a chat with some of the tractors around the Farm and before long I had  a few volunteers to go with me.  ‘Norman the New Holland’ was very keen to go. As London wasn’t a million miles from the New Holland factory at Basildon I agreed that a cousin of the tractors produced at Basildon might just be a nice touch.  A couple of David Browns, two snow tractors and a Herron ferry tanker made up the party.  We were all very excited the night before and could hardly sleep. Eventually after many a rendition of ‘The Wheels On The Tractor’  and ‘She’ll Be Coming Round The Mountain’ we eventually drifted off to sleep.

Norman the New Holland

Norman the New Holland

David Brown Tractor

David Brown Tractor

Herron Ferry Tanker

Herron Ferry Tanker


The Big Day.

The ‘big day’ arrived. Off we went through the fog to Belfast International Airport. I don’t know how he managed it; but  Al the ‘factory manager’ somehow got us on board an Easyjet flight to Gatwick. I don’t know if they usually take tractors on  the plane.  Anyway, we had a nice flight and before long we were high above the sunny skies over the South of England watching as planes ahead descended and landed on the enormous runway at Gatwick Airport.  With disembarkation completed we made our way to the ‘shuttle’ and onward by Gatwick Express to Victoria Station. After enjoying a hot cup of tea and a sausage roll at Victoria I headed off in the direction of Buckingham Palace.  It was a cold morning but I kept up a brisk pace and soon arrived at ‘the Palace.’   I stopped for a while to get some pictures and spread the word about Small Business Saturday UK.

The Drive To Buckingham Palace

I Have Returned.

 

No Sitting Down On The Job.

 

I Want To Tell You About Small Business Saturday

I Want To Tell You About Small Business Saturday UK.


Westminster Here I Come.

With a tight schedule to keep I was soon on my way. Keeping the power on I soon arrived at my next stop – the Houses of Parliament, Westminster. With my board proudly displaying the Small Business Saturday UK message I stopped across the way from Big Ben. I included him in this picture as I thought you might like to see him.

Saying 'Hello' To Big Ben

Saying ‘Hello’ To Big Ben and one of the famous red London buses produced by WrightBus in Ballymena.


I’m Here !

No time to stop – Big Ben was ticking and I had no time for talking.  On I went until eventually I arrived at the entry to Downing Street.  On gaining admittance to the famous Street I was joined by others of the  Small Business 100 attending the reception.

Preparing To Enter 10 Downing Street

Preparing To Enter 10 Downing Street


Small Business 100 at Downing Street.

Inside No.10 I had an amazing adventure .  The surroundings were exquisite, the company marvellous and the reception – amazing. I was particularly pleased to meet  Small Business Minister  and Member of Parliament for Stourbridge; Margot James.  All too soon the blur of activity, conversations and photographs came to an end. I reflected on the memory of watching autumn leaves floating delicately  in the Downing Street gardens. We gathered at the front of No.10 for a final farewell group photograph of the Small Business Saturday UK ‘Small Business 100′ A snapshot in time of a memorable occasion when I, Jake the Tractor could very possibly have been ‘the first muddy tractor in Downing Street’  Here is a picture or two to finish off my very own ‘Grand Tour’

Me and Al at No.10 Downing Street.

Me and Al at No.10 Downing Street.

I Was Really There !

I Was Really There !


And So,  All Good Things Come To An End.

As I close;  I would like to say an ‘enormous thankyou to all at Small Business Saturday UK,  Margot James MP, UK Small Business Minister and our Hosts at No.10 Downing Street for a most fulfilling and enjoyable experience. And so this little muddy tractor and friends have left the stage. We have returned from whence we came – back to North Antrim and our ‘muddy tractor factory’ at Muddytrac Farm.  For now, this is your friend ‘Jake the Tractor’ “Thanks for looking in and do get in touch.”

On The Road Aagin !

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.

Waving To The Boat

Waving To 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.


Stop Off At Gretna – Just For Tea !


I ‘forged’ on until I arrived at my final destination – The Rheged Centre at Penrith.

Cleverly Concealed - The Rheged Centre

Cleverly Concealed – The Rheged Centre


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.

Doing my bit for The Lakeland Show.

Doing my bit for The Lakeland Show.

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.

Muddyfarm Models Stand

Muddyfarm Models

Muddyfarm Models

Muddyfarm Models


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.

Driving Along At The Show

Driving Along At The Show

Hard Work At the Yard

Hard Work At the Yard

Campaigning

Campaigning

Amazing - Classic Combines

Amazing – Classic Combines

Soaking Up The Atmosphere

Soaking Up The Atmosphere

 Superb Detail

Superb Detail


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.

Dirtied New Holland T7 315

Dirtied New Holland T7 315

A tidy Valtra T series tractor and Triathlon Spreader loaded with manure

Tidy Valtra T Series Tractorr

Tidy Valtra T Series Tractor

and  a real red rocket Massey Ferguson 3080  also went to new owners.

Massey Ferguson 3080

Red Rocket Massey Ferguson 3080

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 !

On The Road Again

On The Road Again

All Go For The Travelling Tractor !

Wow, I can hardly believe what a crazy time I have had recently. Meeting people and seeing far off places  has been muddy amazing !  From food sampling to  sightseeing and charming the girls – can it get any better ?  As you probably already know Al at Muddytrac farm made me up a special trailer –  this picture was taken some time back with my friend Barry at my local Ford dealership in Coleraine.  He probably dreams of being as good looking as me but I don’t like to disappoint him !

Me And My Mate Barry

Me And My Mate Barry


Anyway as I was saying things have been crazy. I know the Osmonds sang about Crazy Horses but I really do feel a bit like a Crazy Tractor – maybe I will record a song about that ! Food tasting – I’m always very partial to a wee bite you know.  This Summer I called in to the Naturally North Coast and Glens Causeway Speciality Market in Coleraine. Well I must say I  enjoyed myself – thankfully I had my trailer with me. If ever you go to the Causeway Speciality Market in Coleraine make sure you take your trailer with you as you will need it to carry home all the lovely things you are sure to buy.  I slipped in and out of the food stands getting a wee bite here and there.

Wallowing In The Mallows

Wallowing In The Mallows

Mallow Promotion

Mallow Promotion

Bringing Home The Bacon

Bringing Home The Bacon

Caught On Camera

Caught On Camera

Keeping It Fresh

Keeping It Fresh

 

Promoting Journey To Market

Promoting Journey To Market


So what happened next ? Well as you would expect the life of a muddy tractor is soooooo exciting – Muddyfarm Models were selected as one of the SmallBiz100 at Small Business Saturday UK so Al and I took my first ever flight for my first visit to London ! Well I couldn’t go all that way and not see the sights so here are a few pics from my trip. We also tied in with the Save The High Street Campaign. Its amazing what can be done with a trailer.

Save The High Street Campaign At Portrush

Save The High Street Campaign At Portrush

Save The High Street Campaign At Coleraine

Save The High Street Campaign At Coleraine

Save The High Street Campaign At Buckingham Palace

Save The High Street Campaign At Buckingham Palace

Chilling Out By The Thames

Chilling Out By The Thames

Jake Meets Big Ben

Jake Meets Big Ben


Of course I was also linking up with Small Business Saturday UK. What an amazing time – I met the  amazing Jason Allan at Google Campus.

I Met Jason

I Met Jason Allan

It was fab meeting up with the girls from Small Business Saturday UK.

Hannah from Small Business Saturday

Hannah from Small Business SaturdayUK

I also met up with Claire from Small Business Saturday UK.

Claire And Jake

Claire And Jake


It really was a flying visit to London and I had  so many firsts – first flight to London, first ride on the Gatwick Express, first ride on the London Underground – don’t think I would fancy working down there. Then there was my first visit to Google Campus – hopefully I will be back there and my first ever Blue Tie Ball !  I didn’t meet Her Majesty The Queen on this occasion but who knows in the future.  Now I am home and it is back to work at Muddytrac Farm. My wheels have hardly touched the ground which may seem strange for a tractor.  One thing I did like about London – I didn’t see any pressure washers !  After London your friend Jake the Tractor is all set to travel the World. Offers of flights, accommodation and sponsorship offers for me and Al are welcome. If you can’t be clean – get muddy ! Talk soon.  Jake The Tractor