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Mawkin

The Beet harvest















Yorkshire Geordie

2 blokes doing in a day what used to take a gang of workers a week.
Nice pictures.  
Can't be "beeten".  
Martyn
sod

great photos as YG said so quick and so easy and leaves the ground so clean too.
sod

great photos as YG said so quick and so easy and leaves the ground so clean too.
Rena

That's quite the beastie there! (Great photos!)
confused

Changed days from when I was a laddie , at that time we grew Sugar Beet in East Lothian , and sent it by train to Cupar my job as boy was to walk the field in front of the beet lifter (single row but still a big improvement on hand shawing and lifting ) I had to cut he tops from the shot beet as the long harsh stalk and leaves used to choke the machine , the beets were loaded into a trailer then carted to the train station , where 2 orramen from the farm shovelled them into waggons with "10 taed graips " with wee metal balls welded on the point of the prongs to stop them stabbing into the beet ,  aye it's nae wonder men went to bed early in these days .
I wish my Dad had been able to live and see the changes have taken place in farming ,
confused

Just remembered , after the beets were lifted , we used to get sent out on a Saturday , with an old grey fergie and a "short " cart , to collect the big shaws for feeding for the cattle , then the field was run over by the sheep to eat what was left ! no much waste in these days ,  We received no cash payment for collecting the beet shaws in the freezing wet Saturdays ,    no our payment was being allowed to drive the tractor ,  
Rena

confused wrote:
...  no our payment was being allowed to drive the tractor ,  


The best part!!!! Oh! Ya!! .

Thanks for postin, Confused, I loved reading it!!
sod

I grew up in city so no such 'fun'  
confused

sod wrote:
I grew up in city so no such 'fun'  

Plenty fun where I grew up , most of it involved work !!! but we never really realised it , the rewards were usually being told that we would grow up to strong young men !!! or the promise of a shot at driving a tractor , health and safety would have had a field day in my youth !!!I remember jobs , such as driving the wee grey fergie with a horse rake on the back one of us on the tractor one on the rake , night about , gathering stones and thinking that we were real lucky getting to drive the stones to the tip !!gathering potatoes after the harrows , and getting to drive the tractor home from the field , cutting turnips with a hand turnip cutter for sheep  because we were "allowed to drive the "new fordson dexta " out to the field with the turnips in the first place , pulling and shawing neeps then loading them into a trailer with a fork  so that the shepherd could set electric nets for his sheep , again the reward was get a shot on a tractor !!!!
You can only laugh at some of our rewards , and how easy pleased we were , mind it was a big step forward from when me and my young pal used to get sent out to load turnips from the bing , into a short cart drawn by STAR  the old horse , who was as fly as they come , if you put too many in the cart he just refused to move , I remember listening to the shepherd telling a tale of how they used to light some old straw under the horse in order to get him moving !!!! we thought we would try this one day unknown to anyone !!! Star was cleverer than us he just moved forward for enough to burn the paint on the cart !!! , I distinctly remember eating my tea standing up that night , and star getting treats because we had been cruel to him ,
sod

 Thanks for those memorys I could just about see them happening
Rena

sod wrote:
 Thanks for those memorys I could just about see them happening


So true!!

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