The Tractor

I (Steve) have a real love/hate relationship with my tractor. For the last month it has sat forlorn in the field getting rained on, blown on and covered in leaves.


You see that’s where it died. (Turns out the starter seized and jammed the engine.)


The tractor is an old 1960 Massey-Ferguson 35 built in a different time, by different people, and most importantly when vehicles were built to be fixed. So today, after getting one of those different people (very few of them left) to rebuild the starter, my tractor flashed to life like a youngster. I am grateful to a time when stuff wasn’t disposable, when craftsmen built it to last, and when repairability was an important consideration. May we soon return to that!

Now it’s onto the ruddy lawn mower.


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