Monday, 29 August 2011
Onslow Bank Steam Rally
What have you been up to this Bank Holiday? We went to the Steam Rally at Onslow Bank today - just West of Shrewsbury and about ten miles away from where we live. Quite a big one this year - 50th Anniversary. The wind was a bit cold and the sky was a bit overcast but we downed tools early and got there soon after 9.30am. Managed to park up reasonably easy. Come on, I'll take you round.
An old 'International' or a ' Massey Harris' ? , whatever - just look at those spiky metal wheels. They are called 'spade lugs,' (fitted because of the lightness of the tractor and ability to grip the terrain)
And the Fergies - this one had a Ferguson baler attached to the side - there are only eight of these balers world wide. When Massey Harris took over Ferguson, their own model of baler was superior to this one. Thus this model was discontinued owing the tendency of throwing up massive clouds of dust when in operation, practically exterminating the unfortunate operators. The one above is apparently the only one left in working order.
Field of corn all cut - these two are adjusting the transport wheels on the straw binder to travel to the next field to be harvested.
This little dog poked her head around the door of a road maker's site caravan. It was so neat with wood stove, kettle boiling, bunk bed. Barriers, picks, forks and road lamps parked outside the door.
There was the 'Posh Pram' parade, the barrel organs, the craft marquee and the fairground merry-go-round.
The beautifully carved polished wooden bowls.
And wooden flowers.
And the time we spent talking to the Master Craftsman.
Just a perfect day!