Living in the country gives one access to things and events one would never think about in a previous 9 to 5 city existence, and this gives a richness that others may never know they are missing.
Last weekend, at a local school fete there was a tractor pull – something I had wanted to see for some time.
For those who do not know what this is, let me explain. In this case it was a competition for vintage tractors, where each one had to pull a wheel less tray and a trailer bearing a water tank, along a 100 metre track. The load being pulled increased over the distance as the tank was moved along the trailer, bringing it closer to the tractor. The track was soft and as the load increased, the tractors found it more difficult, dug into the track and eventually stopped if they were not sufficiently powerful. The winner in each class needed to complete the 100 metres with the heaviest load.
Not only was it interesting to watch, but the spectators were also worth watching. Lots of local characters, weather beaten, wrinkled, bearded, with battered hats – some looking like they had just come in from the paddock, others appearing very “Fletcher Jones” in moleskins, akubras and blue shirts! All very serious about the activities, and the participants very proud of their ancient machines which were lined up on the football oval while waiting their turn, and for all to admire before and after their event.
The sun shone, the skies were blue, and there were heaps of photo opportunities. Here are a few…….