“If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.” – Niccolo Machiavelli

This weekend is the Small Farm Expo, down here in Tasmania.

Small farms expo_22mar2015

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.

You can see the bruise on my bandaged foot. It is pretty much all over the right side of my swollen foot.


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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *