Why have seagulls arrived on the Distant Drumlin?
Because it’s ploughing time…and there might be food in the newly turned earth.
We’ve had cattle in this field before, and barley and wheat, but I think this year it will be potatoes.
This is a more high-tech version of the process I saw in India (click here for the link to last August’s post of a farmer ploughing with oxen).
The tractor in these photos is a Massey Ferguson. The “Ferguson” in that brand name goes back to an Irish inventor – Harry Ferguson – who was born in 1884 in Dromore, County Down, about 30km from the Distant Drumlin. Harry Ferguson played an important role in the development of 20th century tractors, and is famous enough in Northern Ireland to appear on our banknotes.
Click here to see Ferguson on a £20 note* and click here to read about his role in revolutionizing tractor design.
*Confusingly, these bank notes are issued by a Danish bank, but I swear they are Pounds Sterling (GPB), not Danish Krone (DKK). Danske Bank is the parent company of one of the local banks in Northern Ireland. You will find plenty of Bank of England notes in circulation in Northern Ireland, but you will also find notes issued by these local banks.