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I am 43 years old, I was growing up in small village in north of Poland, where my Dad worked for a big farm. It was in 1975, farm workers have used old T35 (soviet tank) in order to pull out tractors stuck in the mud. T35 stays here after the WW2 and still used almost every day. Farm was named PGR (National Agriculture Farm) there wasn't owner person, it was public. Farm workers runs tractors from Czeh Rep. (Zetor), Russia (MTZ) and lot of Ursus that time. In 1980 my family moved to East Poland here parents of my Mom run 20 acre farm. My Grandpa had used horses. I was 8 years old when first time I run alone with the horse and one ton of hays on the back of trolley. I was shocked that still people used animals to plow, to move the goods. It was different way of working than in PGR above mentioned I saw before. I was fallen in love in nature. I have seen my Grandpa plowing 2 acre with one blade and 18years old horse. I remember his naked feet, trembling hands, legs dirty in soil, reins hanged on the neck, (Grandpa wasn't so high) - and his bright smile. 'I am dancing with the swans' - he said. (plowing tool looks me like iron swan). Grandpa has three daughters and son all of them are married. All familly worked on a Grandpa farm, when harvest time, we were very good relations between and spent lot of time together. In 1985 my ucle bought tractor Ursus C-330 (30hp), he got loan and also borrow money from all familly. He paid for tractor and waited for delivery 2 years!, Tractor has changed everything, all of we felt that it was a big step into the unknown, nobody understood how it change our future. Uncle with wife can run farm without others. Grandpa passed away in 1989 and all families goes to own separate way. Granpda farm sold and our childhood house has wasted. Today we haven't contact with others, our kids doesn't know each other, family gost desappear. Others have migrated to the cities. Today I am in big office and looking on a stuff around they typing keyboards (like me also) and gost of my Grandpa is unreal. Two years ago I bought two 40 years old Ursus tractors and we stared running small farm 10 acre to produce pure (not chemically decayed food) I have two sons. I have learned them to run this small farm, restore tractors, plowing, etc. I see them happy. Thank you Grandpa.

Jarek, PL, entered 2013-09-20
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