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Quote Trusty Bloke Replybullet Topic: Wartime Farm at Manor Farm
    Posted: 21 Aug 2012 at 8:52am

Just a little nudge to let you all know that the latest in the "Farm" series with Ruth Goodman, Peter Ginn & Alex Langlands is due to be aired in early September, I believe the first episode goes out on the 5th (week 36)

It's an 8 episode series, and would you believe some VHGMC members are in it ....

If I told you who it would be breaking the strict confidentiality clause that those involved had to sign, but promises to be good. I hope the editor is kind in his cut to those involved. VHGMC members appear in several episodes, as does some machinery that has appeared on this forum. 

As you may be aware the filming took place at Manor Farm which is a museum/educational farm owned and run by Hampshire County Council.

VHGMC members work on this farm ocasionally as volunteers and provide a display of working machinery and some static exhibits at it's "Harvest Home" Festival once a year and due to the popularity of this series it is expecting a slight increase in visitors at this years event.

I will post contact details in the events section for this event which will be held on the 6-7th October

A drink's too wet without one ;-) - Southampton
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Quote will_haggle Replybullet Posted: 21 Aug 2012 at 11:04pm
Very interesting....
I've watched all their other programmes and they really do them well..
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Quote upinsmoke Replybullet Posted: 23 Aug 2012 at 8:12pm
Thanks for that cant wait to see it,loved the victorian farm one they did. This autumn we are going to sow winter oats, that we shall be cutting with a finger bar mower and stooking by hand ,mainly for sheep feed the following winter. this winter shall be feeding them mangel wurzels grown here thanks to my landmaster lynx. Must say that the use of machinery has improved output a great deal. Tonight eating home grown taters, green beans and home kill lamb.  
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Quote the pig Replybullet Posted: 28 Aug 2012 at 12:08am
Approvethis sounds good thier is nothing like home grown grub (sorry ment to say food) yes its supprising what a diffrence these old machines make when we use them for what they where made for not just spit and polishing them and showing them off i would much rather see a machine that is working or been workedPig
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Quote will_haggle Replybullet Posted: 28 Aug 2012 at 9:24pm
I saw a trailer this evening, it's going to be unmissable....
We had some homegrown taties tonight as well, purple ones, grown in a bag. I got two tubers each of three varieties at the Shepton Mallet Game fair. The ones that didn't do so well were the pink ones, we only got two from each tuber planted.
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Quote upinsmoke Replybullet Posted: 29 Aug 2012 at 8:08pm
Yes would like to try novelty tatas next year thought they may sell at boot fairs.
   This year did nardias seccond earlys and cara as the main crop, sofar cropping well though not started to dig the cara yet.
   Year before last my partner and i tryed to dig a plot on heavy clay grassland by hand gave up in the end.
    Got the rotovator this winter did a nice big plot as soon as frost was over and am really pleased with the result.
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Quote Charlie Replybullet Posted: 29 Aug 2012 at 9:11pm
Were the purple ones Shetland Black? They make an interesting coloured mash!
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Quote will_haggle Replybullet Posted: 30 Aug 2012 at 12:20am
I think they could have been, I'll get some more next year...
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Quote Dieselhead Replybullet Posted: 05 Sep 2012 at 9:19pm
When is the 1st show? Must be soonBig%20smile
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Quote pmackellow Replybullet Posted: 05 Sep 2012 at 9:20pm
Tomorrow evening I think...

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Quote will_haggle Replybullet Posted: 06 Sep 2012 at 6:54am
It's Tonight BBC2 at 8pm....
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01mmt8t

Will Trustybloke meet a landgirl?
Will we see Ruth in a tin bath again?
Will we see an MF 35 or Fordson Major in the background?

All these and many other questions will resolved tonight...
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Quote marshallnut Replybullet Posted: 06 Sep 2012 at 1:49pm
I hope they do a better job at farming than they did in the victorian and edwardian era's. I feel sure they'd have ended up in the workhouse after all there failed endevours. They should live the life for real, no popping down McD's for a Big Mac and Fries after a day's farming and one of Ruths awful meals!
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Quote will_haggle Replybullet Posted: 06 Sep 2012 at 6:25pm
She won't be able to do much if they stick to the ration... My Mother's Uncle had a farm in Pensford and would kill a pig (illegal during the war) and hang it in the doorway! Local copper had his cut....
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Quote Trusty Bloke Replybullet Posted: 06 Sep 2012 at 11:20pm
 
Alan, no land girls I'm afraid ......
Maria will be dressing up (as will we all) for the Harvest Home
Festival on the 6/7 October .....
I will of course suggest Jodhpurs .....
A drink's too wet without one ;-) - Southampton
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Quote will_haggle Replybullet Posted: 07 Sep 2012 at 9:49am
Well we did see the Fordson Major but they kept the MF35 out of camera shot, good on Ruth to start the standard Fordson. Bananas and Bacon? I'd better try that at Manor Farm in October! There was a flash of Trusty early on in the preview.


Fordson EN27N with half tracks..


Manor Farm cottage garden...

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Quote AntC Replybullet Posted: 07 Sep 2012 at 10:12am
I've watched all the previous series by this team and find it all so frustrating because they all mean well, but are, with the possible exception of Ruth, so incompetent. With a lifetime spent in farming and contracting I suppose I notice these things. Did they really think that mole-plough was going to work?

Did she really start the Standard Fordson or was it clever editing? Did they really manage to get that fine tilth and drill the wheat with their own machinery or use modern equipment when the cameras were switched off, or, after all, does it really matter?
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Quote Trusty Mad Replybullet Posted: 07 Sep 2012 at 12:04pm
i think i saw an allen sythe in the preview. sofar looks quite a good seriese.
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Quote Dieselhead Replybullet Posted: 07 Sep 2012 at 6:33pm
The allen scythe was mine!!
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Quote Trusty Mad Replybullet Posted: 07 Sep 2012 at 8:47pm
cool. did you think you have got into the show aswell or just your machine? could anyone see who it was walking behind the trusty?
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Quote Dieselhead Replybullet Posted: 07 Sep 2012 at 10:21pm
They did ask me to take part with the allen.
 
But having to work full time I was unable.
 
So a man & van came, I gave a demo in a field & he took it away for a week.
 
It did come back in one piece & nobody lost any fingersLOL
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Quote moglet Replybullet Posted: 08 Sep 2012 at 8:21pm
It's a shame the research team didn't take into account the fact that anyone who's into this kind of thing would spot what to some, would be glaring mistakes, like the fordson shouldn't really be green yet but orange, the half track wasn't available until mid'45 and yet the facts about an almost unheard of secret army within the rural community is to my simple mind, fantastic. Compulsive viewing, well done to all concerned!
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Quote Trusty Bloke Replybullet Posted: 13 Sep 2012 at 10:34pm
 
TM, inside info says that it was presenter Alex and our own Shane Parry ...
in that particular shot ........ wait until Ep.5 ;-)
 
The secret army, completely true. The local co-ordinator of the groups
would be the first person to be "hit" come the invasion - he knew to much.
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Quote will_haggle Replybullet Posted: 14 Sep 2012 at 7:01am
I gotta try out the hay box, save a fortune in fuel next time I make a stew! Expanded polystyrene beads should work well. Good job Ruth's not using the drip feed type stove they could flare up. Mother had one that did and it scared her, I don't know hoe she put it out...
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Quote Charlie Replybullet Posted: 14 Sep 2012 at 12:13pm
Training for the resistance took place at Coleshill a few miles from Highworth, nd Swindon, where I was born. Volunteers were told to report to the post mistress Mrs Stranks, she would then arrange for them to be collected by car.
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Quote will_haggle Replybullet Posted: 14 Sep 2012 at 1:52pm
Thank God they were never needed, they would have caused mayhem behind the lines, though...
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Quote nigel Replybullet Posted: 14 Sep 2012 at 5:55pm
what about the canned produce surely you would steriise before sealing the cans, i remember boiling one of those steam chocalate puddings years ago and i didnt peice the can it blew up and i had pudding all over the walls of the kitchenLOL
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Quote simar kid Replybullet Posted: 14 Sep 2012 at 8:21pm
its the first time i have seen program and totally enjoyed it will watch next week if i remember. talking of tinned cans misbehaving,i once tried to open a can of soup in my works van so that the contents could be warmed up on one of those small gaz stoves and as soon as the can seal was punctured to start the opening process most of the contents shot out of the piercing and covered the head lining of the van in3 seconds.before i had chance to throw can out of window it had emptied itself all over inside of van.  after the shock of that i looked at the BB Date and it was  4 YEARS OUT OF DATE......!!!!!!!!!!!!
Not sure whats wrong. i think we will let it develop
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Quote Trusty Mad Replybullet Posted: 14 Sep 2012 at 8:25pm
so you had a soup hand grenade thenLOL
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Quote simar kid Replybullet Posted: 14 Sep 2012 at 8:29pm
This behavour is not the norm,but it gave me a nasty turn but i laughed for at least half an hour afterwards. cheap soup is false economy CANNOT TRUST THE STUFF 
Not sure whats wrong. i think we will let it develop
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Quote moglet Replybullet Posted: 16 Sep 2012 at 1:31pm
Cheap soup is a false economy! hahahahahahahaha, classic!!!!
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Quote robdog10_4 Replybullet Posted: 19 Sep 2012 at 7:46pm
I have watched both of the programs so far, the first one didn't impress me too much but the second one was much better.
The fordsons I seem to remember at that time didn't have rubber tyre and were spade lugged if my memory serves me correctly and as had been said were of an orange colour, the Field Marshall was not produced until after the war when Marshalls of Gainsborough had been released from their M.O.D. work which was somewhat later in 1945, this company no loger exists. There were prior models to this and their as at least one left as far as I know.
I do have one of those canning machines which as was said were sent from America to the W.I. in Great Britain but I think they were also made under license over here without the Dixie Canning logo on the machine, I do have 2 dies for this machine 1. for small cans, 2. and 1 for the larger cans. I do remember mine having been used into the early 1960s. These cans had to be boiled for a few minutes and then plunged into cold water to enhance the sealing process and if everthing went well the ends of the cans would indent rather than extend outwards, if it did not indent properly then it was a dud and would pressurise within days ready to explode, as had been voiced before, like a very wet hand grenade.
I liked the hay slow cooker which it seemed to work well, I must admit though I had never seen how it was done before, nor anyone who used this method, would this be also known as a Dutch Oven?
 
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Quote simar kid Replybullet Posted: 19 Sep 2012 at 8:12pm
hi there rob. i am not old enough to pass on any info but have you recently tried to follow the WI packing process or have you no cans left to give it a try
Not sure whats wrong. i think we will let it develop
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Quote robdog10_4 Replybullet Posted: 19 Sep 2012 at 8:50pm
Hi Simarkid, I do not have any cans, but they are still available so the producer of the series told me this afternoon. I do not think my machine would do the job because after some years of neglct some of the sealinf wheel have got a bit rusty and they probably would not exert the pressure to turnthe lid and can sealing lips together and turn them upright. I may ring the manufacturer about the cans tomorrow to assertain what kind of price they would be.
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Quote Charlie Replybullet Posted: 20 Sep 2012 at 9:46am
Another club member I know also has a 'Dixie' canning machine, with a few old unused cans.
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Quote robdog10_4 Replybullet Posted: 21 Sep 2012 at 8:09am
Hi Charlie, That's nice to know. I had a good look at my machine yesterday and found that isn't as bad as I thought, wire brush treatment could clean it up on the wheels, there is by-the-way a facility to add a little bit more pressure on the sealing wheels.
Does the gentleman who has the cans intend to use them do you know and where are they situated, also does he have the procedures book for the varying types of produce that could be canned.
I down loaded the operator's manual (23H) for this machine from Dixie on the internet, it's very good. It shows what has to be done to adjust thhe pressure of the seam rollers, and most of the parts with I.D. nos:
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