Plovers, and the Campbell Town carvings

These plovers meet here every day around the old water pump filter,  which used to be in the orchard and now in the middle of our front lawn.  They don’t appear to be looking for worms etc. just having a very noisy meeting for about half an hour before they wander or fly off, and there can be up to ten or a dozen at a time, and it’s certainly not nesting time.  Seeing them there every day makes me think of the “old” days when villagers gathered around the village pump to chat and gossip when they went to collect their water.

Chatting at the village pump ?

Last weekend we spent babysitting our young grandchildren (from Smithton) in Launceston, while Mum attended a work conference – always a delight to be with them.  The small apartment where we stayed was on Windmill Hill close to the centre of Launceston, and as the name suggests it was on top of a steep hill.  Going to the park was easy downhill, coming home tired everyone out, except the youngest who rode all the way in the stroller.

And when you’re only one and a half years old, food is very important at any time.

Driving home on Sunday, we stopped for lunch at Campbell Town, near the historic “Red bridge”.  From this view you don’t have the best view of the bridge, it’s not safe to stand in the middle of the highway just there !  The arches can only be seen from the river.

Red bridge – Campbell Town

In the park next to the bridge, there were several very old trees which were to be removed (unfortunate because they were shady in the summer) but saved from total destruction by being recycled by a very talented woodcarver.

The carvings tell the history of the town.

The bridge was built by convict labour, watched over by the soldiers, and below, the back view of this carving.


This carving is of the birds, animals and fish found in the local district.

The carved aeroplane (top left) represents the Gatty Memorial which can be found in the town, and in the back view below are prominent people of the town.

Amazing sculptures aren’t they ?


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