Today New Life on the Road headed down to the local football field to the Antique Machinery display. The organisers had been setting up all week and every time we drove past we got to see all of the big tractors, diggers, army tanks, bulldozers, steam road rollers and even old machines for mowing the lawn and washing the clothes!
Our boys were super excited about going and waited eagerly. We thought the Yesteryear Rally was going to be finished by 3.30 pm so we headed out just after lunch time. To discover that they were already half packed up and were driving off with some of the bigger machinery. We actually had to pull over to let the huge trucks pass us as they were driving out and we were driving in.
At least we were able to walk all over the field without having to combat the huge crowds that are normally looking around the Antique Machinery. Our boys were even given a ride on a Steam Road Roller. Here is our boys having fun….
After the boys had a ride on the Steam Roller we headed over towards the paddock that had the really big machines. So big that we looked like little mice standing next to them! As we walked towards an Army Tank one of the organisers let us know that the army tank was in the movie “Pacific”! Gosh the boys were more excited than ever. We were told the boys could get up there and climb all over it so they did, even David got up and a good look 🙂 Nicholas was stunned at how small a space the driver of the tank has when its in operation.
The Antique Machinery even had an open pit where they were boiling teas, and cooking damper on a open fire. So disappointed that we were too late for the Tea and Damper. Maybe next time we see a yesteryear rally being set up we will be there on the first day, instead of half way through the second day.
The boys were stunned with the washing machines. They worked with turning a handle as they were made before electricity. There was even lawn mowers that were push mowers. No wonder we used to be skinny back in the days when we had to cook on open fires, cut up our own wood, mow the lawn by hand, walk every where instead of cars and wash our clothes by hand. Talk about spoilt now days!
Grand Old Time
We had a good time, and the boys enjoyed there ride on the steam roller. As we were leaving our younger boy Kyle noticed a play pen full of puppies for sale. They were tiny puppies and they were so cute…..I nearly caved and gave in to the cries of Cameron and Kyle asking for a puppy. But I walked away knowing that as we are traveling around Australia… there is no way we could stay at National Parks with a dog. Gee they sure were cute!
If you are ever near a Antique Machinery display make sure that you get there in time to see everything. Next time we will be there on the day they open.
New Life on the Road