john. ander[email protected] news. com. au RAVENSWOOD larrikin Woody Pigram was having some tests done at the Townsville Hospital last week. Nothing unusual about that.
Woody, a Vietnam veteran, has a few issues going on that the doctors and nurses are helping him sort out. He had most of his right leg removed in 2013 due to a blocked artery. He lost a leg, but he’s never lost his sense of humour.
He was in the hospital’s PET scan facility last week when one of the nurses went looking for his thongs ( note: I said “thongs”, not thong). He only needs one, but the nurse wasn’t aware he only had one leg.
She was down on her hands and knees looking under Woody’s gurney for what she thought were two missing thongs. After a few seconds she flung one hand holding a sin- IN ESTABLISHING their Natural Evolution Foods Rob and Krista Watkins have walked the minefields of bureaucratic red tape, cynicism from detractors and worst of all, the biggest monster of the lot, self- doubt. There were times when they asked themselves what the heck they were doing. But, they never thought they’d have to face up to a bushfire. Summer cyclones are always a threat. They are always on the mind of tropical coast horticulturists during summer, but a bushfire? You just don’t hear about banana plantations being consumed by fire. Rob and Krista lost their 5000 lady finger trees at Walkamin on the Atherton Tableland last week to a bushfire. These are the trees they rely on for the fruit that makes their highly valued flour. The trees they lost were planted in 2015. They might never have thought their trees, which are 90 per cent water, could burn. What happened was when the fire invaded the plantation the water or sap boiled and the trees exploded. Rob and Krista overcame the h hurdles and built what is now the amazingly successful Natural Evolution Foods business, built initially on green l lady finger bananas. I It has expanded and has now achieved international fame. When I spoke to K Krista this week she was philosophical. They are already regrouping and r rebuilding. One fire can’t keep a good team down. gle thong triumphantly in the air and shouted, “I found one, but I can’t see the other one”. This triggered laughter from the PET scan operator who was in on the joke. It wasn’t until the nurse looked up and saw that Woody was short of a leg that she realised there was no second Chinese riding boot.
There was laughter all around. Woody, by the way, is a huge fan of everyone at Townsville Hospital.
Woody is still the caretaker, self- appointed David Attenborough and relationship counsellor at the Ravenswood Showground Camping Park ( all advice is free). Drop in and say “howyagoinwoodymatewantaVB”? Ask him to tell you a joke. You’ll be sorry, but the pain is worth it because nobody in the history of humankind has ever had a worse repertoire of jokes than Woody. I’m sure he will take that as a compliment.