Friday, 27 March 2015

Shire offices

Lawson is no longer one of the better known towns in the Blue Mountains but once upon a time we were the hub of activity, even having the shire office before it moved up to Katoomba.  It is now our local library.

1918 Wilson Directory
Lawson is becoming a township of considerable importance, and during the last few years improvements have been effected in numerous directions. Its admirable parks and reserves all situated in convenient and suitable places, prove a great attraction. LaWson possesses an advantage over other mountain centres with its excellent train services as all passenger trains on the Great Western Line stop there. It is also the centre of the Blue Mountains Shire and the council chambers are located near the station. The town is lit by electricity, and there is a good swimming bath quite handy which is well patronised The improvements recently made by the Shire Council make Lawson one of the most desirable places on the mountains. The climate is ideal as a summer and winter health and scenic resort.

Source: Mid Blue Mountains History

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Bowling Green

One of the more interesting buildings in Lawson is the bowling club which is housed in what was once a water tank for storing water used by the steam trains.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Badgery's Cresent

We are going on another walk, this time along Badgery's Cresent which is on the north side of the railway line.   There is some sort of railway workshop over there with this rather nice mural along the length of it.

Bat update:  They have mostly moved on ... none left in our garden but a few elsewhere.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Business Park

Down the end of this street is a business park which is not quite as nice as waterfalls so time to head back home.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Noisy things

Back at our place the birds have beaten a retreat in the face of the flying fox invasion.  Normally at this time of year we would have noisy cockatoos feasting on the pine cones and spiky pods of the Liquid Amber. After the racket the bats are making even the squawking of cockatoos seems pleasant.

I don't think those bats are going to go away any time soon.  See the valley below, it's full of eucalypts in full Autumn flower and that is their food.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Summer's End

Looking about I could readily see the end of Summer and the arrival or Autumn.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Neighbours - good and bad

Our lovely neighbours have the misfortune of having us live next door.  In fact one of the few eyesores left in the street is our property (below).  I see the neighbours have been helping out by giving our bank of weeds a trim for us.  The problem is I have a LOT of garden to attend to and rarely venture down this far.  

Flying fox report -- they seem to start a few more houses down the street and end at our block.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Christabel Street

Our property has two street frontages. This is the one at the back.

On the right of this photo are the back gardens of old homes like ours. But as these are typically on double blocks some of which have been split and sold off for new homes.   On the left are all new homes from around the 1970s.   When we arrived here 20 years ago this street was not at all appealing but time has made a big difference, gardens have developed and curbing put in.  It's looking quite nice (though suburban) now.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Who invited you?

Last week a large number of unexpected guests started hanging about in our back garden. Check out Burnbrae Journal for a close up.

As a result I decided to go for a walk to see how widespread the invasion is.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Home again

I picked up some of the gum blossoms and put them in a vase to enjoy a little longer.

It's St Patricks day today ... time to get out in the garden and plant the sweet peas while I think of where to talk to next.