Today I’ve been rib-rolling. For anyone who doesn’t know what it is, it’s pulling a set of rib-rolls (a number of metal discs on a shaft) behind a tractor. Sometimes it’s to help break the land down ready for planting seeds, but in my case today it was to cover the seeds up after they’ve been planted. Now there’s a more even surface for them to break through and hopefully the slugs won’t be able to find them so easily.
I actually quite enjoy it. I like listening to ClassicFM when I’m rolling, especially if something a bit grand comes on and you’re doing a turn, it’s like doing a very large mechanical and metallic dance! (It took me half a week to find the station though, so I ended up listening to some bloke on Talksport talking about washing his shirt and wearing it while it was still wet and noone noticing. It wouldn’t be so bad but I have to be one of the world’s least sportiest people ever, so it wasn’t really what I wanted to hear.)
I like the camaraderie of the local farmers – they drive by and keep waving to you which I think is quite sweet. One bloke, whose tractor was bigger than mine(!), drove by on the road and waved to me but I have no idea who he was, so I can only assume he thinks he’s pulled!
I also find it quite funny when people driving on the road see me on the field and are visibly surprised to see it’s not a man driving the tractor. I’ll not get carrried away, though, I’m hardly Lisa Kelly from Ice Road Truckers!!!
I found an old rusty horseshoe in the field. I wondered if that was lucky or unlucky. I steered the big ol’ tyres away from it and didn’t get a puncture, so hopefully that’s lucky!
Changing the subject, how great it is to hear about the rescue of the Chilean miners.