Legerwood Takes Our Breath Away

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This morning we had a very early start. The bus would be ready to leave Bicheno at 7:45 a.m.  Our bags had to be outside our rooms at 6:45 a.m. in order to have the bus loaded and ready on time.  I think the coach driver and guide were quite impressed at how we all are conscious of timetables and none of us are tardy.

We set off via Scamander, stopping for an early morning break at St. Helens.  The coach parked near an IGA Supermarket so we shot inside to buy some fruit and lollies.  We had a wander around St. Helens which is a little holiday town.  We spotted a boat tied up right next to a bridge on a busy roadway.  The front of the boat was on the edge of the bridge very close to traffic.  It doesn’t sound all that spectacular but it looked really odd.

St Helen's police boat Relaxation time on the police boat
Ingenious flower display Flower boats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We saw a police boat with young people diving off it into the water.  Dressed in bikinis and swimming trunks this boat was obviously not being used for active duty.  I guess everyone is entitled to their time-off. St. Helens has lovely garden beds created in boats on the sides of the main road. It is a sea-side town so why not. They looked very effective.

 

Visiting Legerwood

Brett, the coach driver had been telling us about Legerwood as we drove along. A lot of young men from this area had died on the battlefields in World War 1.  Back in 1918 trees was planted in a memorial ceremony in Legerwood  to honour those fallen soldiers.  All was well until 2001 when it was discovered the trees were becoming hazardous.  Rather than chop them down totally they were trimmed back to the trunk and just a few main branches.  Eddie Freeman, a fellow from Ross, then transformed the tree trunks into statues of the fallen men.  He used a chain saw to do this.  Despite knowing this in advance, we were stunned with what lay before us as the coach pulled into the car park.  It brings tears to my eyes to think about it even now.  That something so beautiful could be carved out of tree stumps was breath taking.  The history that was portrayed was so touching.  We had never heard of chain saw carving before and yet here we were transfixed by the work of a very talented carver.

Trees carved with a chainsaw

 In the park area there is a little souvenir shop set up in an old train carriage.  It is manned by volunteers so possibly it might be open for limited hours. There are also clean toilets, BBQ’s and tables etc for picnics.

We drove on to Scottsdale where we stopped for lunch.  We wanted something simple so we bought toasted sandwiches.

 

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We'll be at the Lavender Farm shortly.

Bridestowe Lavender Estate