Sunday, 1 March 2015

Theme day: Aging

This home is typical of old mountain homes, built of timber with a corrugated iron roof. As a late Victorian home (circa 1895) is not overly ornate. Inside has tongue and grove timber walls, high (13 foot) ceilings, working fireplaces and generously proportion rooms.

She's 120 years old and holding her age well I think.  Throughout her life she has served as a family home to 5 or 6 families but in the early 1900s was listed for a brief stint as a guest house.  We've been looking after her for over 20 years and still love her.

Visit City Daily Photo for other interpretations of the theme Aging.

Saturday, 28 February 2015


When you walk down the central path at Honour Avenue you pop out that other end near Queens Oak Park which there is the children's playground and tennis courts.  Which are over the road from our home.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Honour Avenue

Here is Honour Avenue as it appears today.  It was made into this two level construction with stone retaining walls back in 1928.  It is one way traffic up each side and there is no longer access to the highway from Honour Avenue.  We find ourselves going round and round in circles when we drive up to the shops these days but we mostly walk.

We are going to head back down this central path to home.  It is flanked on either side by the Anglican Church, the telephone exchange, Community Health centre, Guide Hall (formerly the RSL hall until they run out of people), old folks accommodation, pre-school and a number of old mountain homes.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Broad Street

Honour Avenue was originally called Broad Street but renamed after the first world war.

Just as the trees are now beginning to soften the hard construction of the of the road widening work, they have over the years greatly softened Honour Avenue.  I will show you some more shots tomorrow.

The original simple arch was replaced by the more imposing war memorial in 1923.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Historic road

Over near the shops they have installed this exhibit.

It is part of the old road uncovered during the road works and was moved here to show us what the road was like in 1832 - 1860.  I am glad it was not me bumping along this road on hard carriage wheels.

No wonder the railway which came through in the 1860s was popular.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

More shops

Around the corner from the pub on Honour Avenue are the shops that have kept us going when the others disappeared.

This shot shows how it looked in the 1920s.  I have to say not everything improves with age.

Monday, 23 February 2015


The Blue Mountain Hotel on the corner (leading to the new shops) has been nicely restored as part of the widening.

Here is how it looked in its hey day.  I reckon they have done a good job of making it look nice again.  it was an ugly duckling before this transformation.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

New shops

We are very excited.  Back in 2010 they demolished our local shops and since 2011 we have had just the one set of shops at the far end of the strip (as well as some around the corner in Honour Avenue). Now all of a sudden the empty holes are turning into shops nearing completion.  There are rather a lot so we are all eager to find out what type of businesses are going to fill them.

Saturday, 21 February 2015


I used the railway underpass to get to the railway platform so I can show you a shot of the progress of our shops (which I will show tomorrow).

The railway is very important to we mountain folk connecting us to the big smoke of Sydney.  Lots and lots of us commute daily.   I am so glad that is not me dragging my way home at the end of a long day.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Why widen?

Camera Girl asked the other day if the widening was because of increased traffic so I did a bit of research.

The highway serves three functions as:

  • The chief road freight route to the west so big trucks
  • A major tourist road being not far from Sydney with unique sights to see.  So especially busy on weekends.
  • The 'main street' of many of the towns and villages along the 100km length of the road over the mountains.  Because of the terrain there is basically just one access road across the mountains, and there are parts where we have no alternative but to use the highway, there is no side road around it.
The highway was narrow and undivided (two lanes) and in parts very bendy so difficult for trucks to negotiate.  The work has been to make it four lanes divided all the way from the bottom of the mountains to Katoomba and 3 lanes after that.

So there has been aspects of road safety as well as carrying an increasing load of traffic and improving local amenity.  The downside for people "passing through" to the west has been the addition of many more sets of traffic lights but useful for those of us who need to get in and out of the road.  Also the highway tends to split most of our towns/villages in half so people need to be able to get across. In Lawson we have an underpass near the railway station and shops.  This is a shot looking towards the shops with the railway station in the distance on the right.