Last Saturday I went to Lucindale where the South East Field Days were being held. The previous day had been tough weather wise – strong winds and rain – so everyone was very happy when the day dawned clear and still. Just perfect.
The Field Days are a bit like a country show, with some competitions, lots of entertainment, and of course, traders showcasing their wares. All spread over 12 hectares. As with last year, I didn’t see anywhere near all of it, but did greatly enjoy it just the same. Also, it was lovely to reconnect with people I’d met elsewhere, as well as meet new ones.
My first place to visit was of course, the sheep yarddog trials. The Australian kelpie doing what he/she does best. Working the sheep. A good dog is worth two men. 🙂 And they never ask for a smoko.
Each year, a scarecrow competition is held, catering for all ages from kindergarten to adults.
In the country areas, mail is delivered to a mail box sitting on the side of the road, and people can be conservative or inventive with what they supply to collect the mail. I live too far away to get my mail delivered and have to drive into town for it, although it would be fun to put a crazy mailbox at my front gate and see what happens 🙂
It was good to see my old friend the Elephant again.
The South East has many pine plantations, and this local bloke has found a great way of using the off-cuts from the industry, by making children’s toys. At this stage, he makes fire engines and tractors, and hobbyhorses.
As I walked along the line of farm machinery, it was good to see the Lock the Gate signs displayed.
I need this, as my place is reliant on mains power, and when that’s not working, I have only my little camping stove. At least with this stove, I’d only need to walk out into the paddock and pick up some wood to burn in it. It dismantles quite easily into a very portable unit. Check out the Ozpig.
The Wildlife Service was there providing lots of information on native creatures and the environment. Talking with a zoologist there, I found out that its a type of tree frog I’ve got in my vegie garden – yippeee!
….to the display by Beach Energy on their fracking in this area.
I spent quite some time asking questions, and getting information from these two gentlemen, who certainly did a great PR job. But no, they failed to convince me of the safety of fracking for coal seam gas in this area. There is too much evidence elsewhere to the contrary and I believe it’s simply not worth the risk.
Finally, the entertainment at the Field Days I enjoyed the most, was the Lumberjack Show, and I’ll do a full post on that later. Here’s a taster…..