Monday, 19 November 2007

A start




I have fired up this picture by way of a start. I happen to be engrossed in a long drawn out rebuild of a Series 2A and the process bears a not inconsiderable resemblance to my blog publishing. As you can see this is what is known in the trade as a "fresh air" workshop (garden). Out of shot is a very decrepit chain hoist tied to the loader bucket on the front of my 434 International.


The title of this blog would suggest a leaning toward transport or engineering as a background but I am sure this will prove not to be the case. The theme was actually inspired by some 16mm footage I saw years ago of blackthorn scrubland being re-claimed to agriculture in the '50s employing horses, traction engines and crawler tractors all working alongside each other - what a fantastic representation of the first half of the twentieth century.


My favourite observation of the last few days would be the scene I came across in my local on Saturday - I did not have a camera with me or you would be able to share the very vivid image I carry in my head - ( now blogging, I will of course be sporting a camera at all times). The image is of a pub table littered with the usual accoutrements of a lunch time social, a pair of pewter pint pots, one a little new for my taste but the other proudly displaying perhaps a century's patina and a few dents, mid-game card hands face down, cribbage score board looking pretty even, (un-used Swan Vestas of course) and an open packet of B&H. The latter giving us the clue as to the where-abouts of the two card card players - outside having a fag ! Poor sods.

6 comments:

Peter Ashley said...

Well done Diplomat. Welcome to the blogging community.What fun,I hope we have lots of pictures of old tractors in bits, particularly as they will obviously make Ron Combo very happy,if he ever re-surfaces.

Diplomat said...

ah - very good to hear from you - look i'm a bit confused about ron, we all thought he was dead and buried and then he e-mails toby from heaven

Toby Savage said...

Welcome to the throng Diplo. No no no. Ron sent me a text massage from his phone to say he was without t' internet. My other cars a 2a! Toby.

Diplomat said...

lack of intraweb might explain some of ron's behaviour but I'm sure that pic of Giulio was at a wake. Having put a 5 main bearing crank series 3 motor and g'box in the 2a i now have plenty big spares bin.

Ron Combo said...

Diplomat, benvenuti. Do you have a Diplomatic Bag? And if so, what's it full of?

Peter Ashley said...

Last time I looked it was full of bags of pork scratchings wrapped in a locomotive driver's red spotted handkerchief.