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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.

http://www.muddyfarmmodels.com/product_details.php?selID=KV02&selDEPT=13&selFORMAT=Clean

New Holland T6 180 Tractor.

New Holland T6 180 Tractor.

http://www.muddyfarmmodels.com/product_details.php?selID=NHT6%2002&selDEPT=7&selFORMAT=Clean

New Holland T6 180 Tractor and Loader.

New Holland T6 180 Tractor and Loader.

http://www.muddyfarmmodels.com/product_details.php?selID=NHT6%2004&selDEPT=7&selFORMAT=Clean

New Holland T7 315 Tractor.

New Holland T7 315 Tractor.

http://www.muddyfarmmodels.com/product_details.php?selID=NH%20T7%20315%2002&selDEPT=7&selFORMAT=Clean


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 !

 

Hunting For Tankers

Why is it that sometimes in life you go looking for something ?  You look here and there, high and low. However no matter where you look the thing you are looking for just won’t turn up.  Let me tell you what happened  recently.  It was a pleasant Autumn morning.

A New Day Dawns

A New Day Dawns

I started the day just like any other day – slowly.  As I eased  gently into the day  the morning sun crawled up over the hills; a golden orange glow greeting a clear blue sky.   The ‘little people’ were already up and going about their work.

Some of the 'little people'

Some of the ‘little people’


There was lots of activity. Some of the ‘little people’ were taking some Bobcat Skidsteers for a skid or two.

Bobcats are taken for a test drive by some of the 'little people'

Bobcats are taken for a test drive by some of the ‘little people’


Meanwhile  a  tractor towing a load of tiny potatoes drove through the yard.

Big load of tiny potatoes.

Big load of tiny potatoes.


It was then that I noticed a scent. It was a  strong distinct smell; there was something very  familiar about it. For a moment or two I wondered what the smell was. Well as surely as the sun climbed slowly in the morning sky it slowly dawned upon me what this smell was – slurry ! Yes slurry;  I knew that smell very well.  I decided to go and see some slurry tankers hard at work spreading slurry.  First I topped up my tank for the day and took a run round the yard at Muddytrac Farm. Then I waited at the top of the lane as our lorry brought a new load of tractors into Muddytrac Farm.

Tractors arrive at Muddytrac Farm.

Tractors arrive at Muddytrac Farm.



Off I went, I knew exactly what I was looking for; slurry tankers – just like the one in this picture.


Well what an adventure. I looked all around the area. I drove up more roads and lanes than I care to remember. There were no tankers at Portrush, Ballymoney or Bushmills. There were none at Ballybogey, Ballycastle or Cushendall. It was all too much – not a slurry tanker to be seen ! Then I saw a wee Same tractor staring into a field.  ‘Have you seen any slurry tankers I asked him’  But he just replied ‘Take it easy lad’ and continued staring into the field.  You know sometimes I worry about that tractor. Last time I went along that road he was doing the same thing – just standing there staring at the grass.

Same looks into a field.

Same looks into a field.


I decided to keep going. I went past  some local farmers working at the potatoes. There were no slurry tankers here so I kept driving along.

Harvesting Potatoes

Harvesting Potatoes.


By the time I had went past the Giants Causeway and the Dark Hedges I thought I would take a quick run around Torr Head. But all I found was the great scenery, birds flying high and sheep bleating at me from nearby fields.  It was all too much. My quest for slurry tankers had failed miserably – so much for following my nose ! I cruised along the Causeway Coastal Route and decided to drop in with a friend who lives near The Whiterocks.  There I could unwind and relax over a nice mug of tea.

View from Torr Head to Rathlin Island

View from Torr Head to Rathlin Island


At least it was a lovely sunny day. Before long I arrived at my friend’s lovely little thatched cottage near The Whiterocks.

 

My Friend at The Old Thatched Cottage

My Friend at The Old Thatched Cottage

Enjoying Some Slow Down Time.

Enjoying Some Slow Down Time.


Well I must say I really enjoyed my mug of tea. Down below we could see the golfers making their way round Calamity Corner at Royal Portrush Golf Club.  Soon I was finished up and went back outside where to my astonishment I saw all these dirty slurry tankers !  Wow – I could hardly believe my eyes. I had looked round half the country to find slurry tankers and here were a whole lot of them parked up and enjoying the sunshine close to The Old Thatched cottage !

Tankers Galore !

Slurry Tankers Galore !


After all my frantic chasing around without finding a single slurry tanker here were a whole lot of slurry tankers – amazing.

NC Tankers

NC Slurry Tankers

Abbey Tankers

Abbey Slurry Tankers

Conor Tanker

Conor Slurry Tanker

Herron Ferry Tankers

Herron Slurry Tankers


I guess it goes to show that sometimes in life it is very easy to flap around with all systems go. However if we sometimes slow down, take our time, enjoy a cup of tea and think about things a bit the answer may just come to us.  Much the same as happened me in my hunt for slurry tankers. If you would like to see more of the slurry tankers which the ‘little people’ at Muddytrac Farm produce then take a look at the link below. Thanks for stopping by and remember – to stay safe and take it easy out there – wherever you are. ‘Jake the Tractor’

http://www.muddyfarmmodels.com/dept_list.php?selDEPT=8&selFORMAT=Dirtied&selCAT=Tankers