Sue and Martin in Mallorca 2019

Sue and Martin in Mallorca 2019
On the Archduke's Path in Mallorca

Wednesday 10 January 2018

Another European Tractor


Thanks again to Wuxing Nick for another contribution. I wonder what AlanR will make of this tractor, which appears to be the recipient of over fifty awards.

The exhaust system reminds me of my days as a fork lift truck driver. The old diesel engine caused a build up of carbon in the exhaust pipe, resulting, when the engine was powered to its limit in order to push a massive casting from the foundry to the fettling shop, a chimney fire. Not your ordinary chimney fire, as simple adjustment of the accelerator regulated the length of the flame, bringing most of the workforce out of the shop to admire their forklift’s new found flame throwing capability.

Meanwhile, a call to our GP on Monday morning had us armed with the requisite advice and medicine within a couple of hours, with just a five minute wait in the surgery. We are slowly improving, though it’s a shame to be indoors on some lovely sunny days, and the first two weeks of the year will be virtually exercise free.


We are saddened today by news of the death of Dot’s younger sister, my aunt, Margaret, who had been unwell for some time. She had a good life despite recent setbacks, but that’s limited comfort at a time like this.

Take care, Dot.