Back from the Brink!
On the Last weekend in August we finally get some long awaited dry warm weather which allowed us to continue our harvest, this time with the latest addition to this small collection.
After all the checks we set of around the first field and once again grain rattles of the cross auger into the tanks something that has not happened for such a long time.
It would take a little time for the surface areas on the table to start shining up and the smooth crop flow into the elevator would follow.
Despite pre harvest work to the combine it is always a bit anxious running a combine that you haven't run before! But the clean sample coming into the tank and the checks under the straw swath confirmed everything was working as hoped for.
Having the offset 8ft 6 table feels a little strange but the combine handles the Barley with ease.
Its a real pleasure to operate this old maiden, and a very worthwhile project to save a local Somerset registered machine, and keep it in working order for the future.
A few more shots from our somewhat lengthy harvest season this year! All in all weatherwise it will be one to forget.
But we were blessed once again with no breakdowns and that made up for the bad weather.
Im hoping to restore the paintwork on this 410 next year if precious time allows.
As I put this story on the website early October the harvest in the UK continues with some very tricky conditions to deal with.
Please spare a thought for everyone who harvests the crops worldwide in all situations so we all never know what it's like to go short of food.
Thank you everyone!
And thank you to my Harvest partners Howard Coles and Hillary Pugsley! and also my family for their help.
Photographs courtesy of Terry Veale.