What a start to my bucket list!
Up until about a week ago I didn’t know that “this” would be on my bucket list…….(well really, I didn’t even have a bucket list). ……But flipping heck, now it should be everyone’s bucket list.
What am I talking about?
Driving a tractor of course! Yes, a huge, big flaming red Massey Ferguson.
It is/was majestic.
I’d like to say it handled like a dream but I’d be lying. I was shook around like a sack of spuds but I tell you what, you can point it at almost anything. And my mate John made me!
I had my maiden voyage last Thursday when John launched me at the shoreline….”But……but…..” stuttered I. John was having none of it.
“Shuttup woman and get behind that wheel.”
So I was off. Negotiating bridges and gullies on the bank of the River Kent like I was born to it. (A friend said to me, “yes, I can imagine you driving a tractor”….Ummmmm, not sure what that says about me? But hey-ho).
About seven tonnes of driftwood we collected that day, and same again yesterday. That is a lot of wood. First we had to drag it and chop it and then hurl it into the trailer. John scoffed at my accuracy getting close to the piles of wood at first….”You’ll learn”, he said.
I often get asked where I find all my driftwood on which to mount my birds and animals. “Oh I just pick up the odd bit here and there,” I casually answer.
If they could see me now!
And the reward at the end…..flask and a flapjack with the best view ever and Milly cleaning up the crumbs.
Oh and the best thing about collecting wood (besides getting to drive the tractor!)…….
Makes you sleep like a log!! (ha-ha-ha….sorry!!) zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.