How about that? There’s another song title. I’m on a roll! The shrimp boat was already in when we took a tractor cruise with the Antique Tractor Club down to Bon Secour. I thought I’d share my new experience with you today.
The weather turned chilly here overnight Friday night. Saturday we got up to temps in the 40′s (about 15 degrees cooler than the past week). that was quilte a change in temps. Knowing we were going to spend the day outdoors, we should have dressed warmly. BUT it was 58 when we left the RV so we figured that’s only a few degrees cooler than some days we worked in Vermont, and that the sun would warm things up quickly, so I went with a t-shirt and a long-sleeved jeans shirt, cropped pants and sandals. DH went in jeans and a t-shirt. Do I have to say we were under-dressed?
Bud, my DH, with his 1950 Allis-Chalmers WD tractor, completely restored except for one fender. He’s got the other fender he bought this summer on eBay but it needs body work, paint and it’s on the agenda for this winter.
The participants hauled their tractors to one of the members’ farm where they all unloaded their tractors and lined up for the cruise. The tractors ride in parade formation to a designated location.
In this case, the designated location was another member’s home on the water in Bon Secour. This area is the shrimping area of L.A. (Lower Alabama). More about that location in a bit.
This is the “People Mover”, the way families ride in different events. This lovely blue Tractor, “Uncle Jim”, and the People Mover, were my transportation. We were close to the front of the parade, with the slowest tractors toward the end of the parade of tractors. In final place were two vehicles that could go for gas/parts/help.
When I got on the “People Mover”, the others were wrapped in blankets, jackets, hoods, and one lady even in winter coat, scarf and hat. I chuckled to myself that a dip in the weather certainly brought out the winter clothes quickly. I was to eat that chuckle about an hour later when I was really cold. My practically bare feet in sandals were red and cold. There was a heavy cloud cover keeping the sun obscured and we had a wind, a chilly wind.
The tractors turned left and right, and left again, and right again; first on paved road, then your farm fields. We went past peanuts growing in the field. I took three photos but they were so blurry I deleted them. I really wanted you to see what they look like growing in the field. I did get one photo of the peanut plants when they are young and green.
When they are ready to harvest, the plants are brown and the peanuts are a tangle of roots and peanuts. The machines are big and there’s a big mess of dust in the air. Fortunately no one was harvesting today; they’ve been doing it all week in fields I pass as I go to the grocery or library or post office.
After two hours of “cruising”, we stopped for potty breaks. I also got an offer for a ride in the truck of some members whose two tractors didn’t get unloaded due to a broken hose on the rear tractor. I was so happy to meet this sweet southern folks. They have a farm with lots of animals; the wife, Linda, loves to plant and has dozens of kinds of gourds, roses and more. Linda also spins and is the owner of a number of quilts that her grandmother made. I hope to see these some day soon.
After two more hours of “cruising” at 10-15 mph, we arrived at Freddy’s, by the water in Bon Secour. Here we were to have lunch. Oh, my, did we have lunch! We had a true Southern shrimp boil with medium-sized shrimp freshly pulled out of Mobile Bay. You couldn’t get much fresher than that!
Shrimp, potatoes, corn oon the cob, oranges, and sausage are all cooked together in large pots.
Yummy!!! This is only about half of the huge pile of shrimp, etc. that was spread on these tables. Amazing! Along with that there were salads, veggies, and even some gorgeous desserts. What a meal! This is my plate: baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad, boiled shrimp, boiled potato, corn on the cob and sausage.
These shrimp were fantastic. Now Maine has some fantastic seafood, and I’ve not found much Southern seafood I’d rave over but we sure do love these Southern shrimp. They are meaty, firm and oh, so tasty.
All the tractors and owners were all around the yard, and the neighbors came over to eat and feast their eyes on the tractors as well.
After a great meal and some chatting up the guys and the neighbors, the cruise was on the move again. The trip home was more direct and we stayed on main roads, no farm roads, and the sun was shining. The wind was still cold but the sun helped to take off the chill of the morning.
Before we left, we all took a good look at Freddy’s shrimp boat, Southern Heir. He has a little inlet right behind his house where he’s lucky enough to be able to tie up the shrimp boat.
Here’s a crop we passed on the cruise. I almost forgot to show it to you. I’ve never seen this growing before.
Here’s a close-up. It’s okra. Funny-looking stuff growing.
It was a great day and everyone went home sated and comfortably tired.
Just a little bit of Southern living for you today. I hope you enjoyed this blog and I’ll show you tomorrow what I’ve gotten done on my “Snow Bird” wall-hanging.