Tuesday, 7 April 2015


I am a bit swamped with work at the moment so will be taking a blog break until I can catch up.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Moving stone

This stone didn't get moved during the highway widening.  There was vocal group of locals who wanted this local landmark to stay right where it is ... it's known as Sydney Rock ... you can Sydney from the top of it.

Matthew 28:2-7New International Version (NIV)
"There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen,"

Happy Easter everyone.

Saturday, 4 April 2015

South and North

Badgery Crescent wanders along in parallel to the railway line which follows the ridge line.  There are views to the south and eventually when you climb back up to highway level you see the view to the north too.

Friday, 3 April 2015

So typical

This is so typical of those of us with large old mountain gardens.  An exuberance of pine trees, ferns, rhododendrons and weeds.  It is so lovely to be out walking, picking up the fragrance of pine and moist earth and the smoke from log fires.  Easter is the perfect time to be here.

Thursday, 2 April 2015


Along this street there are mix of homes old and new but I like the oldies the best.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Country Collectables

This is the other remaining shop on this side of the railway line.  If you like country style then this is the shop for you.  It's stuffed to the rafters with country giftware.

Monday, 30 March 2015

For Sale

Badgerys Attic is up for sale but that is not the reason why I am showing this shot.  I am being tantalising in letting you know there are more waterfalls in this side of town.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Old Lawson Shops

The original shops were on this side of the railway line.  There is just a remnant few now.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Stratford Ruins

In the late 1870s Joseph Hay, a civil servant, acquired 120 hectares of land at Lawson. His residence, built in 1879, provided him with an expansive view across his domain which extended as far as present day Bullaburra.
He named his estate 'San Jose'. By 1882 'San Jose' had become 'The Blue Mountains Sanatorium'. In the 1890s it became 'The Palace' guesthouse and was advertised as "absolutely the coolest house on the mountains in summer". 
In 1919 the 'Stratford Girls School' moved from their small rented cottage into 'The Palace'. The building bore the school's celebrated Shakespearian name proudly on its Castle-like tower, becoming in 1928 an Anglican Grammar School under the management of a Church Council.
It continued successfully, with a curriculum spanning the years from Kindergarten to Leaving Certificate, until the mid-1960s. The Anglican Church closed the school and sold the property in 1966. A reception centre and a small community school made subsequent brief appearances in the building, though it was a private residence again by the time fire gutted it on 4 June, 1980.

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