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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 !

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

Jake the Tractor Tells His Story