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The Boy Tom’s September ramblings

Well how are you all a’gettin on t’gether?
Well they hev nearly finished, I am a’talkin about the Farmers a’gettin in the corn harvest.   Old Mother Nature hev her played har part by a keepin the rain away.I were a watchin the combine a cutting on one of the Young Master’s field  near us.    My heart there were a rare lot o’dust.   Today the combine drivers are in an air conditioned cab so the dust don’t bother them but when I were a’driven a combine in the 1960s there wern’t no cabs so you were getting all the dust.  That were ok if your were a cuttin with a croos wind but if you a cutting into the wind that were a job sometimes t’see where you were a goin.   Still thas part o’the “Good old Days” I don’t want t’see agin.I were a readin in the peaper tuther day about a new combine them Germans hev brought out.   Thas bigger than any of them combines about t’day and cost about four hundred thousand pounds.    Thas a tidy some o’money to pay for suffin that’ll only goin t’wark about six weeks a year.    Still thas the way things are goin. Bigger machines mean less men.      Arter the combine hev finished in the field the straw is baled.   A ‘riding round the village I hev seen square bales, round ones, oblong ones und sum are wrapped in black polythene.    I’ll tell you something, none of them bales are small enough for me to load  with a hand fork.
When I were carting straw during harvest in the late 1950s the combine the farmer hed a baler attached to it.   This tied the straw into bunches.  These were easy to load with a hand fork.   The straw carting team took it in turns to drive the loaded trailers to the straw stack so they could unload the straw into an elevator.   This was considered the easy job.  How-some-ever There was one man who recon he should do all the unloading.  That din’t please the rest of the team so they decided to play a trick on him.   When they loaded the straw onto the trailer in the field they tied the load on.    That mean that, by using a ball of string, as every bale  was put on the trailer they tied this string to the string round the bale so all the bales on the trailer were tied together.   When the man tried to unload the bales he ha’a cut every bale apart from the rest of the load before he could put it onto the elevator.    This meant the men on the stack started shouting at him cos he was s’slow unloading the trailer.    I cannot remember what happened next but it seemed good fun at the time. 
The Farmers may hev got the harvest in the barn but a lot on um don’t know what that’ll be worth when they come t’sell it.   Thas cos of BREXIT.    The new man at the top recon we are goin t’leave the EU on October 31st with or with-out a deal.     Thas alright for him cos what ever happen somebody will still be paying his wages. (unless he git moved on)The Missus und I are a’goin t’hev a look over the water agin afore that all happen cos nobody seem t’know what’ll happen if you want t’go over the water arter the end October
Last time I he’d a’word along w’yo I talked about Jan Godfrey a’passing away.   There were a rare turn out for har funeral that were held in the Village Church.   Several folk stood up und said some nice things about har.     Her family invited folk to Broom Hall afterwards for a cup o’tea.    That’s allus the same at these does, Folk  meet others who they hant seen for years und hev a good mardle.   The trouble is you can’t git round und talk t’all the folk you know who are there.
I’ll tell you suffin that hev happened recently, they hev dressed our road with tar & clippings.    I thought suffin were on tuther week when the old road sweeping lorry cum drawing past  doin one side o’the road und then he cum back a’doin tuther side.   We hed a note through the door a’tellin us that they were a starting next day, only that rained, that went on for a day or two until that were fine enough for them t’do it. That din’t take them long once they got a’going. They ha’a go over the road twice cos the machine they use din’t cover all the road in one go.   Cos there were a’lot o’men about with the machines but there were a couple of men, all dressed up in yellow coats und hard hats that looked suffin clean.  All they seemed t’be a’doing was watching the other men at work. The only thing I see them do was to sign some papers given to them by the men working on the taring machine.The Missus und I were a’casting our minds back but neither of us could remember the last time our road had new chipping put down.    They hant put the clippings down to thick cos where them big tractors & trailers hev bin turning outa the field they hev started a’cuttin into the clippings, come the winter thall turn into pot holes.
Well them boys at Carra Road hev started playing with the big boys.    They hev got one win so far.    They seem t’be a’playing in the same style as they played last year.    What I don’t like is the way them so called “Pundits” are a writing them off already cos they han’t spent much money on new players this summer.     Why should they? spending a lot o’money don’t mean success , ask Fulham?
The summer holidays will soon be over and the schools will soon be open agin.   Them nettles on the footpath to the Norwich road will soon be touching across the path.   I recon they’ll be cut back afore the children start a’using it t’git to the village school.
Fare ye well t’gether und du yu keep a’troshin.
The Boy Tom