Saturday 21 February was the annual Horse Ploughing and Country Skill Day at the Ulster Folk Museum, Cultra. This is always held the week before the Mullahead event which is the highlight of the ploughing calendar and this year is celebrating 100 years of horse ploughing with 50 pairs – 100 horses.
The Cultra event is always popular and as well as the ploughing and country skills demonstrations visitors have access to the Folk Museum with the many exhibits on town and country living of around 100 years ago and every time I visit I find something new of interest.
In the past this event has been plagued by wet weather resulting in muck and more muck. This year it snowed but then the clouds cleared, the sun came out and it turned into a beautiful clear day.
Check out the fourth image down – I can’t walk this straight!
This week has a definite rural theme with these photographs being taken at the Ulster Folk Museum during a weekend that celebrated native and Traditional Breeds.
Events like this at the Folk Museum are always impressive and educational with the staff dressing in period costume and giving demonstrations on subjects from thatching to baking and how things were one hundred years ago. The museum is divided into rural and urban areas with some of the buildings dismantled brick by brick and transported from their original location. Well worth a visit.
Cultra Hill Climb was held in the grounds of the Folk Museum on 14th June and was popular as usual no doubt aided by the unusual weather – we’re getting sunshine most days! There’s always a wide selection of vehicles taking part as well as a display of interesting old and not so old cars. This sometimes brings on vaguely uncomfortable feelings of nostalgia as I’ve owned one or two of the not so old cars in my youth.
As usual I’m behind with processing my photographs and I’ll be adding more to my site in the near future.
The Cultra Hill Climb is an annual event held in the grounds of the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra, Holywood. This year it fell on Saturday 1 June 2013 and the sun came out.
It has been said that the event allows you to see vehicles from the past century being used as originally intended and this was certainly the case with these older rear wheel drive cars showing their mettle at each bend in the course. Further attractions included a display of Porsche cars, Crossle Racing cars (based in Holywood), motorcycles and lots more.