B.I.G. !!

OK. OK. We’ve got plot holders with big equipment, heavy duty strimmers; rotavators as big as small tractors (usually orange and noisy) and hedge cutters that would be at home in a Mad Max movie (the Englishman wants to say film, but the writer  is going for alliteration, forgive me) …

But, this morning, as promised:  

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How schoolboy impressive is that!?

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The local branch of Finning, suppliers of the mighty Caterpillar plant machinery had been kind enough to donate the use of a demonstration driver and machine to seriously level and clear the remainder of the “raised bed plot community plot”.

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The precision and skill of the expert driver soon began to make a difference to the site. The machine’s hydraulic equipment, back hoe, front jaw lifting bucket working from a smooth base provided by ram jacks that sunk – a little alarmingly into the earth, but caused no problem for the operator. The back hoe, indeed, extended a remarkably long way, so could manage the work efficiently and effectively.

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For a large machine it was remarkably nimble, keeping its weight off the concrete slabbed paths that provide access to the hundred-plus plots we have on site. This, make no mistake is to the credit of the driver; who was approachable and professional (and liked milk and sugar in his tea). It was also impressively quiet

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The weather stayed – mostly dry – and while we talked with each other and Tracey, the Marketing officer from Finning’s – the work was completed … and I tried for more photos.

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 Well, come on, how often do you get chances like this? My thanks to everyone at the allotment for their work so far on this part of a worthwhile project and to the staff at finning’s: on one hand promoting Our Coldest Journey (www.ourcoldestjourney.com) with a Caterpillar in the Antarctic and on the other hand helping out a very local project.

 

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