Friday 10 February 2012

Old Plough.

There are not many advantages to Winter, but it does reveal certain secrets. Hidden houses come into view, and previously unseen landscapes open up before our eyes. Even simple pieces of disused farm machinery suddenly appear amongst the brambles.

This beauty, above, has been abandoned in a nearby hedge. It no doubt carved its last horse-drawn furrow just a few metres away; then was simply dumped.

I'm not the sort to have fancy painted cart wheels or old ploughs in my garden; but this is not to say that I don't appreciate them elsewhere.

It's quite a sophisticated plough with a flip over blade, and several advanced depth settings. It really should be in a museum; or in someone else's garden. It doesn't deserve to be abandoned amongst the brambles.

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  1. I agree that it deserves something better than abandonment. My sister would have made me stop, if it was by the road, so that she could sketch it for a pen and ink. She did about ten pen and inks of machinery. She taught me to SEE it, the beauty meshed with function.

  2. I think you should save it and put it somewhere in the garden as decoration or for actual use.

  3. Cooorrrrr! What a find!

    Needs saving Cro - a summer project for you?

  4. We've got quite a few implements in hedge row condition here too

  5. It's nice to see glimpses of the past like this. It must have been a hard life working the land before modern tractors and machinery. I think I'd rather stumble across these old relics in the countryside rather than see them sitting pretty as ornaments.

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