"I flew over to Moscow and travelled to their wheat fields to see the country's top ploughers
and have an idea of what the competition will be like.
"The gritters are out, the ploughers
are out, but we stress please do not go out in your motor vehicle unless your journey is essential."
Under this arrangement the earth is easily conquered by this mighty army of ploughers
, who move forward to the music of rattling machines and the tramp of horses.
In spring, he follows the ploughers
and sowers; in summer and autumn, he accompanies those gathering the grapes'.
The contributions to this volume have been translated into English quite well on the whole, although one might quibble about such things as that something "did not suit her whatsoever," or that someone "dropped writing," or that there was a "family of ploughers
," and so on.
Navpa (Northern Area Vintage Ploughing Association) held its annual ploughing match at Alnmouth on Sunday September 10 to select the ploughers
to compete in the 2007 British Championships.
For the first timer Irish ploughers
will be in action on Saturday at the Anglesey Vintage Ploughing Society match at the island's Bodorgan estate.
SOME of the country's top ploughers
were in championship action on Anglesey at the weekend - a signal that the island is fighting back after foot and mouth.