Thursday, 7 October 2010

Open day at a local Victorian Farm...

When we were at Lowick Show, we were given a leaflet about an open day at a very local working Victorian farm (at Bouth, just over the hill from our house), which I was very excited about checking out, because I love a bit of old school farming and rural heritage... :)

So off we went to Old Hall Farm and we had a lovely few hours checking everything out. There were lots of heavy horses, which Ade was happy about.

Here he is posing with Ben and Troy the Shire horses...
Ade posing with Ben and Troy the Shires

We had a ride on their trailer and I think it might be the first time I've been in a horse-drawn cart! It was good fun anyway and there was another horse-drawn trailer doing the rounds too, pulled by the very handsome Colin...
Colin the horse in harness 1
Colin seems like a strange name for a horse in my opinion, although I did once know a black Labrador called Colin and I thought that was odd too, so maybe it's just me having a peculiar aversion to animals named Colin... :)

Anyway, he made a lovely sight coming up the road with his trailer...
Colin the horse coming up the road

Other horses working on the farm included these two lovely Clydesdales, who were ploughing a field in the old fashioned way...
Clydesdale horse team ploughing 1
It was very peaceful watching them work, much nicer than a tractor. But something less peaceful happened when they stopped for a break and the man operating the plough unwrapped his snack and casually pushed the plastic wrapper into the lovely clods of earth that he'd just ploughed! I hate seeing people drop litter at the best of times but this seemed even worse than usual. Do people think that plastic dissolves in the rain or something?! :(

So we left the ploughing team to it at that point and wandered back to the farm to hang out with the Jacob sheep...
Jacob sheep 2

And the gorgeous Hereford cow with her calf...
Hereford cow and calf
I love her fluffy ears and drooly cow nose and the strange square-shaped bit at the front of her body! :)

It was a vintage machinery anorak's paradise, with a steam powered sawmill, steam powered threshing and corn grinding and a selection of Victorian games and fairground rides.

The Prospector seemed to be the biggest traction engine there...
Prospector traction engine 1

This is the wheat (or barley?) stacked up in a waggon, waiting to be threshed...
Vintage hay waggon 1

And there were lots of other bits and bobs about the place, like this little hut on wheels...
Vintage hut on wheels
A shepherd's hut maybe?

And a funky old car...
BSA car

All in all, looking round the farm was a good way to spend the afternoon and I'd recommend it if you're into that sort of thing. There is an Old Hall Farm website that you can check out if you're interested (its still in development at the moment though), or you can have a look at my full set of photos from the open day on Flickr here :)

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