A little over a week ago I took a day out from my usual routine to visit the agricultural field days which take place at Mystery Creek just south of Hamilton. The last time I went was about six years ago, its a much bigger event now.
Nathan our eldest son took some time off from his business and was the driver for the day so I was able to play the part of the tourist which was great. The weather was fine when we started off at 9 am but two hours later as we entered the show ground it began to rain and it steadily worsened as the day progressed.
Rain is expected at the field days so its a day for umbrellas, hot coffee and gumboots.
In spite of the cold and dismal weather we had a relaxing day and took in 90% of what there was to see ranging from Suzuki cheerleaders with goose bumps, it was cold, massive John Deere tractors, the latest in dairy effluent systems, mobile sawmills, green houses, gourmet food and everything else in between.
The highlight of my day however was seeing the collection of vintage tractors as I have a passion for these old timers. Many an uncomfortable hour was spent on similar machines as a youngster.
The David Brown pictured above and Massey Ferguson below were just two of the many work horses that rattled my young bones as I turned hay and harrowed paddocks on the family farm.
Those days we were expected to pitch in and do our fair share of the work.
From there we went to check out today’s models and “wow” what a contrast.
Massive machines that can do the same amount of work in a quarter of the time I suspect. No freezing knuckles or sun burnt face and arms with these dream machines with their comfortable air conditioned cabs and mod cons.
The farmers and contractors of today don’t know how easy they’ve got it compared to those early days.
If any of them read this it should bring about a few gruff retorts.
I’m certainly not against progress or new technology, quite the contrary as it would have been great to have had such wonderful machinery during my early farming years.
This post has little to do with gardening but I really did enjoy my day amidst the tractors be they vintage or the latest hi tech.
Once a new technology rolls over you, if you’re not part of the steamroller, you’re part of the road. Stewart Brand