This weekend is the Small Farm Expo, down here in Tasmania.
It is to be at held the Huonville Showgrounds, on Saturday 22 March, from 10am till 4pm. I have been looking forward to attending for a couple of weeks now. The Huon Show Facebook page lists some of the demonstrations that will be there on the day. I copied the info here for your convenience.
10.30 – Matthew Evans, a man known to many of us from the small screen will talk about his Fat Pig Farm journey (plus he’ll bring his Fat Pig Food van!).
11.30-12.30 – NRM-S is hosting Steven Joyce from the Derwent Valley talking about the potential planned grazing has to significantly reduce costs and improve soil health.
12.30-1.30 – Celia Leverton is a Franklin market gardener who has been applying permaculture techniques for many years. She will talk about using permaculture as a model for Small Farm design.
1.30-2.15 Barry Calderbank a local sheep breeder and Animal Biosecurity and Welfare specialist form DPIPWE will talk on Sheep Welfare in Southern Tasmania.
2.15-3.15 a Cider forum will be presented by two of Tasmania’s most influential cider makers – Dr Tim Jones cider specialist with Willie Smith’s and Dr Clive Crossley of Red Sails Cider at Middleton. What these two don’t know about cider probably isn’t worth knowing.
As I said, I have been looking forward to attending. Problem is, on Tuesday I fell over and badly sprained my ankle! My friends, on hearing of my injury, suspected that it was done while being chased by one of my animals. That perhaps a wild animal was attempting to gore me, and to flee the beast I leaped over something, damaging my ankle. The truth is not as cool or as interesting as that. I was walking from work to my car, nothing out of the ordinary.
I dumped my bag in the back seat, stepped off the curb to walk around to the other side and I fell. I don’t know how or why, but I fell. Injured, and in pain, I got up, climbed into the car and checked out my foot. It didn’t look broken, nor seriously damaged. I was in a terrible amount of pain, yet I would survive. I decided to drive home, rather than risk the hospital, so one long and painful hour later I reached my house.
For a while now, I had been intending on getting some of those Medical Instant Ice Packs in the car. If I had one, I think the drive home may have been a little easier. When I get to walking properly, I am definitely going to buy a couple for the car.