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The Everton match, 19th of Febuary 2012

 No not footie, a ploughing match, mostly tracter ploughing.  My husband and I decided to go to the The North Notts Ploughing Match at Everton nr Bawtry. The weather forecast was not promising, but the day dawned bright but cold and it stayed that way all day.

A Nuffield the first tractor my husband drove, when he was a lad.

I was delighted when I spotted the horses.

A big beast (sorry don't know the make. leveling the field.

A blue one.

A grey one think this might be a Massey Ferguson,

Making sure the lines were straight, really serious stuff.

There was something for everyone, from farm tractors...

... to machines for small holdings. My dad had something simalar, when he got to the end of the furrow and turned round it lifted him off his feet. Hard work but easier than the spade.

Everyone seemed to be concentrating real hard on keeping the furrows straight, even using tape measures.

I was soon drawn back to the horses.

This pair of blacks stood as solid as rocks, never moving an inch from where they stood, nobody holding the reins or at their heads.

The bays I thought might have been still being trained, I should have asked, but everybody seemed so engrossed, I didn't like to butt in.

I was bit engrossed myself clicking away and taking in this scene in which years ago would have been commonplace.

To the left boys, legs crossing over like dressage horses.

No squiggles here, furrows as straight as as a dye.

No less concentration on the machines.

A figure of concentration, legs braced elbows tucked in. Well I do try 0:-)

We were looking for our old tractor, a McCorrmick International, we sold it a few years ago, and its been restored to original mint condition, some were all in original rust, which I prefer.

The soil was like a chocolate sponge mix, I'm waxing lyrical now.

Caught up in the furrows.

Total engrossment.

These old machines will go on for ever... I just a thought, I didn't see any lady tractor drivers, its definately a man thing.

I was just people (man) watching.

Lots of note takings, and giving marks.

Anyway, there's this women, who stands in the middle of a field, taking pictures of rutted soil, her hands are frozen.......

She was watching a man watching a man with a tractor. Thinks...its time to go to the pub.

Just a few more shots.

Ah! sensible people having a cup a tea.

Then, this is what its all about, getting dressed up in yer country attire, and see whats what................ taken on nearly full zoom on the S2800 liked the effect after editing.

Awwh! just a few more horse ones.

Aw! go on then, just one last look at these beauties.


The Clydesdale is a breed of draught horse derived from the farm horses of Clydesdale Scotland. Originaly a smaller draught horse they are now a much taller breed.

The Budweiser horses are some of the most famous Clydesdales.

They are useualy bay with wide white blazes (stripes down their face) with white feathers (hair round their feet).

They can also be black, grey, roan and coloured, the British Household Cavalry uses the piebald and skewbald for drum horse, and a very impressive sight they are too. As you may have gathered I love horses. I hope I haven't rabbited on too much . As they say if you got to the end...... blah de blah . We went to the local pub after this and had a pint of Doombar and a roast dinner ...and a pud....

Thanks for taking time to look.

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Date Thu, 23/02/2012 - 21:59

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Date Thu, 23/02/2012 - 22:23

Some nice shots - interesting blog Smile


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Date Thu, 23/02/2012 - 22:32

Nice blog.  It is great to see the working horses, they have much more character than a tractor.

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Date Fri, 24/02/2012 - 04:37

Cant beat a good day out at a ploughing match . a furrow and a pint

Great blog a huge like from me

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Date Fri, 24/02/2012 - 07:10

What a wonderful father worked on the land most of his life,i can remember him ploughing with horses so you brought back a lot of memories,all good ones.Well done thanks for posting.


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Date Fri, 24/02/2012 - 08:29

Very interesting pictures! Can you please tell me more about the "before & after editing" shot? How & what software, etc? You mean a blur picture can be sharpened? I've got quite a number of the former. Thanks.

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Date Fri, 24/02/2012 - 10:20

Great stuff, Delia - your enthusiasm shines in this blog with pictures and commentary. I have enjoyed looking through it, several times already.

Best Regards,


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Date Fri, 24/02/2012 - 10:55

Interesting blog with great info and pics. Nice to see the horses ploughing. I live in rural Northumberland and ploughing matches go on at a farm near to where I live. Thanks for posting.


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Date Fri, 24/02/2012 - 19:36

Hi Delia what a super photoblog you have just posted I thoughly enjoyed it as it brought back so many memories when approx 60 years ago I was 12 at the time I used to watch my Grandad plough the fields on a tractor just like you have pictured. And some times he would let me have a drive when the farm owner was not looking. Delia a great blog and many thanks for posting BoB.xx

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Date Fri, 24/02/2012 - 13:25

Great love those shire horses gentle giants, like from me.

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Date Fri, 24/02/2012 - 14:42

Absolutely wonderful blog! I grew up on a farm and remember my dad having a pair of "work" horses, in addition to various farm tractors. Lovely memories. Thanks for sharing our day with all of us...

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Date Fri, 24/02/2012 - 15:21

A delightful blog Delia. It's good to see the horses in action. Thanks for posting.


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Date Fri, 24/02/2012 - 17:37

 Good on you Dee. Brilliant blog. I bet you had a great day, there would have been two women standing taking pics if I had been nearer. Thanks for sharing your day with us. Have liked.

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Date Fri, 24/02/2012 - 18:44

Fantastic blog, Dee ... that answers my question on your gallery shot!... Smile

I love some of the old tractors too, my first job I had to drive a little Massey Fergie , but not ploughing.. it was on a fruit farm

Thanks for sharing

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Date Fri, 24/02/2012 - 19:54

Hi Delia a very good and interesting blog nice to see the old tractors and those horses are superb extremely well done many thanks for sharing Martin

Allways be prepaired you never know what shots around the corner

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Date Sat, 25/02/2012 - 08:28

Wow Dee, who'd have thought a ploughing match could have created such a super blog.  There's some great shots in here.

Thank you for sharing



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Date Sat, 25/02/2012 - 12:20

 Hi Dee. Wonderful photoblog and interesting. Some fabulous persective low level shots which add great appeal. Looked like a good day out for you. Thanks for sharing. Thanks for your lovely comment on my Malta photoblog. We had a lovely time thanks. Off on a Baltic cruise to Finland, Denmark, Russia next.   LOL....Yes Dee, I'll put you on standby  Wink

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Date Sat, 25/02/2012 - 12:58

A wonderful photoblog of horses and men Dee, in particular those majestic Shires that you have captured so brilliantly, love to see the Shire drum horses you mention at ceremonials, like Trooping the Colour.

Enjoyed youir day at Everton, Superb blog! Thanks for sharing with us


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Date Sat, 25/02/2012 - 14:49

nice blog hope you have warmed up. If i wasnt at work might have attended this being just about 15 minutes away. whats the pub like in Everton food wise. 

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Date Sat, 25/02/2012 - 21:43

Smashing blog,looks like it was a full day out,thank you for sharing it with us Smile



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Date Sat, 25/02/2012 - 23:20

Definitely on my list of things to find this year. A wonderful series of photos capturing days gone by. Brilliant!

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Date Sun, 26/02/2012 - 19:41

Great 'blog Dee. It was good the see the shire horses especially. Much more photogenic than smelly old tractors!


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Date Mon, 27/02/2012 - 22:22

Fantastic.  What a great high quality blog and a wonderful subject. Brilliant photo especially the magnificent horses. Really informative and a great spectacle.

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Date Tue, 13/03/2012 - 13:16

Hi Dee, having been away ince January, I am trying now to catch up. Thank you kindly commenting on my Blog on Komodo and it dragons, It was an amazing place to visit.

I have enjoyed yours as well, something we dont get to see to often here, even though I do live oposite fields. I think the Plough Fairy comes and does them in the night Wink.  They grow alot of Rape her which is beautiful in June.

Thanls for showing yet another interesting Blog I have enjoyed looking at it. Pam x

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