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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

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