Getting Closer!

The tractor restoration is coming round the final bend and almost entering the home straight, I am constantly getting that nervous/excited tickley feeling in my belly every time I think about it. While generally it feels like progress has been slow, the reality is that there are just a lot of smaller fiddly bits, like cleaning body parts, happening on an ongoing basis. I suppose it’s like making a giant jigsaw puzzle, for ages you can’t see the picture and then all of a sudden – swoosh – it comes together! In the glorious sunshine we had recently Michael has been hopping between making silage and sourcing parts for the D40L tractor. Since my last blog a new clutch has been ordered from the Netherlands through the clutch and brake company called Murfit in Dublin. I suppose we are chomping at the bit but delivery, for whatever reason, has been frustrating slow and we are still waiting on it.

D40L Restored Engine

D40L Restored Engine

 

Michael visited Peter Jones recently to see how the tractor is getting on and to bring him out paint which he bought from Vinnie Byrnes Paints. I know the tractor is in a transitional phase but it looks completely different and the change to the rust bucket it was a few months ago is staggering! The engine is absolutely sparkling, even to my untrained eye. You could eat your dinner off it!

 

Some of the body parts have now been primed and painted, whilst other body parts are still being repaired and cleaned. The rims were sandblasted and were found to be very poor condition, but our friend Mick Hogan offered the rims from his Deutz 40L tractor which are in much better condition.

Cleaned parts of the D40L ready for painting.

Cleaned parts of the D40L ready for painting.

 

Mick also hopes to restore his tractor one day so we are very grateful to him for his generosity. Michael needs to do a bit of welding on the new rims and then they will be sent off for sandblasting. A new exhaust system from Delegro in the Netherlands was purchased and will be fitted towards the end of the restoration process.

D40L Rims

D40L Rims

 

 

 

 

The Kverneland plough has also been receiving its fair share of attention too. The boards are nice and clean through the bit of ploughing Michael did with it and now it has been totally stripped, disassembled and now being cleaned with the rust remover product ‘Evaporust’ and larger parts being sandblasted. Then it will also be ready for painting.

While the tractor project does need constant attention the other jobs of farming life must be taken care of as well. The silage, haylage and hay making certainly kept Michael busy and then he was flat out dosing lambs, checking the flock’s feet and weaning lambs. After weaning a batch of lambs he was back to more silage making and putting a fence around our potatoes (so the lambs wont eat them), which are coming ready to harvest. No rest for the wicked. The buzz word in the Shop is FRESH, FRESH, FRESH as our Shop customers are enjoying the freshly dug baby potatoes as well as all the other fresh local produce we have in store. Have you met the newest arrival to our Pet’s Corner?It’s the lovely pet lamb Tallulah and she is getting heaps of children visiting her. On Sunday evening she can hardly move with all the food she has gobbled throughout the weekend. It is wonderful to see the raspberry season has kicked off and the local raspberries have surpassed the strawberries and are the new favourite in the Farm Shop. Orders are piling in for our very popular, grass-reared Lleyn lamb and I am busy making all the raspberry and strawberry jam I can. With our lives, as ever, speeding along and the National Ploughing Championships only two months away I’ll be listening hard and I hope I’ll be hearing that ‘swoosh’ soon!!