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    Motueka Valley New Zealand
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    30 IHC projects waiting--some completed

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  1. ........does that suggest your "IH Plough Survey " included a very varied age spectrum........ ........that big IH plough certainly looks the business.....good video bitty Mike
  2. Reichow.......great story with a really sad ending......obviously............Isn't that the way....go to help out your friends and lose a treasured tractor. From personal experience I have learnt that fire does not take an y prisoners...... Mike
  3. ......apologies to Gary's excellent, long running interesting thread.......for the above picture...but the gentleman who fraternised with Marilyn Monroe ......and sells real estate ,asked the question...... Mike
  4. .........hardly the place for this picture ??...."Tennessee Waltz " with a jackhammer ???...more like "Rock of ages "...sigh.....Tough job for the advanced age group ........of people who do this sort of thing......you could say..."He's not to bright........but he can lift heavy weights "...... Mike
  5. Farmall Fixer.....had three weeks in Tennesse back in 2005.......included the RPRU that year......(Lebanon.....just out of Nashville..)...one of many highlights was the Grand ol' Oprey.......Wife and I big on proper music ...thus the night at the Oprey was just sublime...... Wife loved the tours of Music City....organised by the RP Chapter to give the wives some relief from the tractors!!!....... We had a well used "American Lodge" (as we called it ...) ...cast iron fry pan, back home in NZ........Whilst in Tennessee...we looked up the Lodge Retail Outlet......and brought a bunch of beautiful crafted cast iron "cook ware " to take home to NZ.....probably not high on your wish list FF......()...but I love to have anything that I /we personally use...tools/rifles /tractors / etc with "Made In USA " inscribed thereon...only way to go !! Mike
  6. ...Gary.......wonderfull pictures of Montana......... My Dad flew Mosquitos in a British Squadron, out of India and Burma, WW2.......He said little about those events over the years he was out there.....but often used to talk about "Those Americans "..The issue was simply "those Americans " he was referring to were at the US Naval Base in Ceylon.....(Now called Sri Lanka)...but for whom Dad would say ..."we would have bloody well starved to death "...The logistics of keeping two Squadrons of men and machines supplied with the basics was just about beyond the Brits ability...but the US Naval Base was their saviour..............thus I grew up in a very Pro American Household......Mentioned this because once I hit 30 yrs this "itch " started...and I have had many visits to the US...Neighbours used to chide me about this.....I worked like **** with a contracting job (IH equipment ...!!)......used to tell the neighbours "Yeah, pity about my kids...can't afford shoes for school...but I am off to the US this year again...". There is something about the US of A that I find almost to hard to articulate......it is a fantastic place to visit !!! I/we have visited Montana in every season........yes,,even stayed there in January.....(only try that once !!!)......it would be, for me, the favourite Western State to visit.......thus have been over Glacier several times......most recent about four years gone with one of my daughters ......got to see Charlie Russell Museum at last........even the drive from Gardner to Livingstone is beautiful..never mind the Mountain vista's......Kalispell is another neat place.......I don't know about today..but there were some seriously talented gunsmiths there back some years...making beautifull SS falling block rifles...... Re the mountains.......I think the Rockies are magnificent...probably because of the ultimate elevation........Re the "black Oats"...they are not black !! no idea why they are called thus....we get several grazings off them...and yes that is an old TD9 91 Series restored by Brother in Law...very tidy ...goes well and gets exercised every year for quite a few hours.... Thanks for those pictures !!........Got two more (adult ) daughters that I have promised to give them "the tour ".......Montana is certainly on the list !! Mike
  7. Ahh, Delta Dirt.......you cannot be excused for committing this particular "cardinal sin":.....it is even bordering on blasphemy ......and this coming from such an old esteemed member of this forum..it is entirely unacceptable.........However...given your age....(1943 Model )......the current" brain confusion " issues you are having is one way of easing out of this dilemma........and my last word on this is whilst working in the Caribbean over three years...on my allocated time off .....I so much enjoyed travelling around the Southern States ......wonderfull times including Lebanon, Tn 2005 RPRU.......and Delta Dirt , my favourite state was Tennesse...so there Re the "down under " bit DD........we talk of the Great US of A as ......."over in the States "........or as I have a Brother in Canada, it is ......"up there in Canada"....... I had planned another trip this June just gone...but the "Myco plasma Bovis " issues with cattle on our little place....and the subsequent BS we had to go through with our Ministry of Primary Industries. ....left us seriously out of pocket.......thus the trip was postponed......until next year........(Can't keep putting it off...I am a 1942 Model.......you just never know when the Grim Rea......oh never mind..) A New Zealander travelling in the United States...often gets confused with the Aussies or Brits even.....no worries DD Regards Mike
  8. ......$250.00 NZ here.......80% chance of success......miserable damn business.. Mike
  9. ......as this was one of two I have been lucky enough to attend......and it was the first one.......just loved every minute of it.....it was hot...there was shade...and seats ...and good tucker ...as 460noted......and friendly folk...who told me "I talked funny".....;...some of those blokes talked a language that I almost needed an interpreter..to go around with me ....and just so much to see......my wife so enjoyed the "other " activities provided for them........and the final act.....the trip into Nashville to the "Grand ol' Opry" was just magic for me...as I love that genre''' Great memories of great people who went out of their way to make sure two New Zealanders had a memorable visit......We sure did ...Thankyou Tennesse Mike
  10. Australia pictures !!.......sigh Mike DD
  11. .........After the Sedalia RPRU.......and while staying with RPmember Chris Tomac.........among the many highlights ...I got to see and even drive the 806...#501, in question...There was a shed full of Mr Lantis's IH colle ction very close to Chris Tomac's work shop..... This in Michigan........It was arranged for Chris by Richard Lantis's son...... I felt very priviledged Mike
  12. .......like the Red deer , Gary........I use " black oats " for supplementary winter green feed...(we get several grazings off black oats ...).......and the red deer (pictured, on old pasture..)...just love them !!...Yes, indeed they would also qualify as "notorious culprits " .....To keep this post "clean " the picture taken over the old 91 series, is of oats.....the size of cannot be seen, of course........there were ten Deer there recently...on dusk......Does with their almost yearling fawns.....great to see..but they certainly chomp through a lot of tucker....destined for the cattle...... Mike
  13. ......well, I am certainly over shingles......no, they didn't last long either, but certainly made their presence felt.......couldn't sit in the excavator seat even.....!! On a more serious note.....we have just reroofed the 114 year old house on our place........with colour steel.....Most all rural buildings in New Zealand would be roofed with corrugated iron, traditionally.......The colour steel roof is more expensive than the plain ..."zincalume ''.... As a matter of interest, the original , British made roofing iron on the old house......still held it's original finish...in places......but 100 plus years of five feet plus of rain a year..plus the other vagaries of mother nature.......it had started to leak in places.... Mike
  14. ..a little story about a bull,,,,,not as good as "yellowrose farm" or the other two amusing stories ...... If you go to the Trucking Forum......there is a bunch of pictures under the thread title..."Troll for the site"......among the truck pictures I posted is a R model Mack......pulling a load of logs , across the Anatori River , in North west Nelson ........The lead time for a return trip was about five hours.....so...on the R models maiden voyage from Nelson ......as it was heading down a big wide valley, through a reasonably intensive dairying area..... a large bull...of dubious genetic origin........some 100 yds or so from the tar top road.........took an instant dislike to the truck, and thundered towards it .....finally straight through the eight wire road fence and hit the Mack 's front left mudguard a serious blow......The driver had seen this bull coming ..sort of towards him at a angle......never slowed down.....for obvious reasons...and was shocked when the bull , via the road fence hammered into the truck.......Driver stopped down the road a little.....bull was not feeling to good, so driver went to the farm and the old cockie was a bit shocked also.....the bull survived......and the truck arrived back in Nelson......with the driver having to explain this almost unbelievable yarn about the bull damaging mudguard and passenger door etc on brand new truck..... At that stage I was part owner of that particular Mack....so....believe me....true story Couple of pics of feeding a small mob of mixed age cattle.......Black oats, doing a bout 2.6 tons of dry matter per hectare.......plus baleage on daily basis......Bit of a pain shifting electric fences every day.......but good for my new Indiana made knee joint.......(Yes sandhiller..have you got any of your knees replaced yet...??????!!!!!! ) Pig picture taken out of the 5130 cab window.......I am no longer allowed to shoot the pigs.......(this is a lease block....).....the almighty dollar has won that round.....one bloke paying to hunt them......note the reddish colour...no NZ wild pigs were ever that colour......the old trick of liberating young domestic , female pigs......keeps the hunters in work.....sigh Mike ..plus a couple for Ray 54......friends farm about 30 k from us......Autumn pasture
  15. ...No, Cedar Farm...I certainly was not going to "shoot the messenger "......hence my attempted "pun" in the intro............and neither did you offend me .....!! I was just surprised that those blokes fed you that line.......We are only a little outfit down here...Same size as Colorado.....about 104,000 sq. miles....but the days of grass skirts and cooking "men of the cloth " in huge pots etc have long gone......but hunting from the late 1920;s has been a huge part of Rural NZ...... As for your old 1911....put that or any big "wheel gun " into a tyro's hand.......they usually get off on that sort of thing....... No worries , at all..... Mike
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