Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

The Blue Tractor



There must have been a day when this tractor turned its wheels for the last time, when working the land became just too much for the farmer, the tractor, or both; maybe the farmer trudged back into the kitchen and threw the keys on the kitchen dresser and they are still there now, behind a pile of unopened mail from DEFRA, repeat prescription forms and the accoutrements of old age. But if I were a betting women, I’d place a bet the keys are still in the ignition.

Blue tractor

There are people who lovingly restore old tractors; when they’ve put life back into them, made them look all shiny and new and it’s a fine sunny day (when any self respecting tractor should be out making hay) they take them out for a drive in the country, with other shiny old tractors; I know, I’ve been stuck behind a ‘tractor rally’ as it threaded its way through the lanes, at the time I really wished I could drive a little faster than them.

Some may think restoring old tractors is an usual  hobby, but you just want to see how many, Flickr groups there are for photographs of ‘rural decay’, now there’s an odd hobby; but as they say around here, ‘there’s nowt so strange as folk’. I wonder if anyone restores old farmers.


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

7 thoughts on “The Blue Tractor

  1. lol! If you find someone who restores old farmers, let me know. I can think of a few who could use some dusting off and shined up.

    I recently heard a news story about how people are making large amounts of money selling old tractors and tractor parts to those who want to restore them. It’s big business these days.

    We have those “tractor rallies” around here too. It’s fascinating to see how the country is the country — old tractors and all — no matter where you are in the world.

  2. It looks like an old massey ferguson.
    Nowaays the modern tractors are massive. Probably ploughing 10 times as much in a day that this one in the picture ever did.
    Progress I suppose but our food seems to get more expensive each new season.

  3. Love that bit of speculation… Very vivid. I’ll bet you are right about the keys. We have our lots of rural decay around here. I better check out that flickr group.

  4. So that is what it is called… rural decay. All this time I’ve been taking photos of rural decay. I clicked the Flickr link and looked at a lot of photos… some very good ones at that. Tractors are a big thing here in Kansas, and the old ones restored. There are even tractor parades. I’ve been behind many tractors on the road as I live out in the rural.

    Keys to the tractor? How about hanging by the door along with many other keys? Many stories behind those old tractors. Enjoyed the photo and post. 🙂

  5. I think it’s a Massey Ferguson T21 or similar. I learned to drive on something similar. ( I also claim one Hen House, well, it wouldn’t get out of the way ) They are, like the old Fordson Major very reliable machines, and simple.

    PS, the hen house survived. Honest.

  6. I don’t normally respond but I’ve been a lurker long enough. Great post – keep it up!

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