21st November, 2017.
For our last day in Scottsdale we decided to drive to the nearby town of Legerwood to have a look at the Memorial trees. Originally planted in 1918, each tree served as a memorial to a fallen soldier from the district. However, in 2000, the trees were declared to be unsafe and the locals were devastated that the memorials would be lost. A plan was made to convert the tree stumps into the likeness of each of the soldiers they were planted to commemorate and a chainsaw carver from the town of Ross was entrusted with the task. What an absolutely stunning tribute to those men. Following are photos of some of the carvings.
On our return to Scottsdale, we had a walk around the town and continued on our mission to find the best scallop pie in Tassie. This one was at the Cottage Bakery which we voted about on par with the first we tried in Sheffield. Not a great number of scallops though.
We haven’t done any Geocaching for ages but there was a cache at the campground which Erich said was an easy find.
An immature Common Blackbird.
22nd November, 2017.
Having driven over Weldborough Pass a couple of days ago and being advised that the Sidling on the Tasman Highway between Scottsdale and Launceston was similar terrain, we decided to take a longer, but hopefully less knuckle biting route via Lilydale. It was a lovely drive though certainly hilly and steep at times but without the very tight corners of the other road. We stopped in Lilydale for a coffee and a break. The town’s claim to fame is its painted electricity poles with depict local attractions and other notables. At the village green we came across of group of concrete poles in the process of being painted so we stopped for a chat with the artist who explained the reasoning behind the concrete poles. She told us that the paintings on the wooden electricity poles took a tremendous amount of maintenance to keep them looking good and the idea of using concrete is to continue the work but using a more maintenance free base. Eventually the wooden poles will be replaced.
Working on a concrete pole, this artist told us she was commissioned to paint four of the poles.
Following are a few examples of the wooden poles.
Our next campsite was at Myrtle Park, approximately half way between Launceston and Scottsdale. Situated on the St Patricks river, it’s a very popular spot but we were lucky enough to get a riverside site but only for two nights as all the riverside campsites were booked for the weekend.
After setting up the van, we made the short run to Launceston to collect our mail from the main Post Office. With the upcoming State election due, we needed to complete and postmark our postal votes before the close of polling on Saturday. Erich had also damaged his prescription sunglasses so it was an opportune time to stop in at OPSM to have them repaired. The nearby Banjo’s Bakery provided another chance to further my scallop pie education. This was definitely the best so far – guaranteed 6 scallops in each pie and it was true. We counted them!
23rd November, 2017.
Myrtle Park is a lovely spot but there is not much to see or do in the area so a quiet day was had with just some photos from around the campground.
More lovely foxgloves growing wild.