Ploughing with a Massey Ferguson

Why have seagulls arrived on the Distant Drumlin? 

seagulls on ploughed ground

Because it’s ploughing time…and there might be food in the newly turned earth.

Tractor and plough

We’ve had cattle in this field before, and barley and wheat, but I think this year it will be potatoes.

blades of plough

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).

plough out of ground

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.

plough near edge of field

*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.

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. I grew up in the country, and I love the smell of freshly ploughed earth. Not as much as as that of fresh hay, but almost 🙂

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      I should have mentioned the smell- it was lovely, very evocative. And so much better than hay, because it wasn’t going to make me sneeze.

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  2. sandraj2015 says:

    Hi fellow blogger. I was looking for a picture of a freshly ploughed field and loved you photos. Would you mind if I used one on my blog about Lent and preparing our hearts? Let me know…thanks

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Sandra
      Thanks for asking.
      Yes, go ahead and use a photo. Just credit it to Karolyn Cooper.

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