Thursday, 3 December 2009
The old cement "candle" was destroyed, but behind the old shops a new town square has been built. It's attractive and functional linking together community buildings and preserves some older heritage buildings. We are all looking forward to seeing the new town that will eventually emerge. I'll be back with another progress report when things move on a bit more, probably a year away.
That's it for this series. Over at Sweet Wayfaring I'm beginning a very hot day trip to Mudgee today.
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
But it's not all loss along the shopping strip at Lawson. A year ago I showed you modern additions being removed from the Blue Mountain Hotel. Here is the beautiful swan emerging from the ugly duckling.
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
With all the digging, demolishing and building going on at Lawson there is plenty of waiting for through travellers and locals alike.
Today City Daily Photo bloggers are blogging on the theme of waiting. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants
Monday, 30 November 2009
I took the top shot of the shopping strip a month ago, just in the nick of time. The shot below is how it looks today. The shops have not been saved. Several at the the top end of the strip have been knocked down and the ones at the bottom end will go sometime in the future.
Sunday, 29 November 2009
A year ago residents were fighting to save the old Mechanics Institute building. It was saved with only its portico being removed and is to be reconstructed as a side entrance.
Mmmm ... the new road looks mightly close to the front wall.
Saturday, 28 November 2009
Last year I showed you the little church beautifully restored and moved back on it's block to make room for the road. Well today the road is on it's way and moving ahead at great speed.
Things don't look quite so Village Green around here right now ... so don't expect the photos of the next few days to be pretty.
Friday, 27 November 2009
In September last year I reported that the Roads and Traffic Authority was set to begin the highway widening through Lawson. Well it took a few more months then the juggernaut arrived.
Over the next week I'll give you a progress report, a story of wins and losses.
Thursday, 19 November 2009
After afternoon tea we left the same way we arrived, via the sweeping driveway which is lined with manicured garden beds and at this time of year rhododendrons in full bloom.
Well that's it for this visit to the Everglades garden. I'm starting a new trip out west over at Sweet Wayfaring today.
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
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Sunday, 15 November 2009
Urns and sculptures provide points of interest throughout the garden. The caretaker told us the wrought iron windows have a story in them ... the dog chasing a peacock, the owner chasing the dog with a golf stick and there are other panels continuing the story around the courtyard.
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Saturday, 14 November 2009
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Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Paul Sorenson, was the landscape designer of the Everglades, the signature of his work are the perfect dry stone walls that meander and curve throughout the garden.
For a bit of fun, I've decided to run a comparison of this grand garden with my wild plot over at Burnbrae Journal. As I've just finished a series on weeds that infest my garden you can expect the parallels will be somewhat tongue-in-cheek.
Monday, 9 November 2009
As promised I am back to show you more of the lovely Everglades gardens. I did a series on the garden in Autumn 2007 but unlike in the northern hemisphere where autumn is currently in full swing here we are revelling in the delights of spring.
One of the interesting features of the Everglades is the way it marries a formal exotic garden with the natural Australian bush ... green lawns and clipped hedges give way to tall eucalypts and twiggy native plants thrusting through bare earth. And being in the mountains also cliff top views beautifully framed in the formal garden.
Sunday, 1 November 2009
The most famous doorway in the Blue Mountains is this one in the Everglades gardens. It was originally the entrance to the London Chartered Bank of Australia and was moved stone by stone and reassembled in this beautiful garden where it forms the frame for a fountain.
In the words of their website "Everglades is one of Australia’s foremost heritage gardens. This treasure from the 1930s sits in twelve and a half acres of European-style gardens and native Australian bush with breathtaking views over the Jamison Valley in the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains."
I'll be back to show you more of this famous garden in a week or so after I finish the train trip to Dubbo which is currently running over at Sweet Wayfaring.
"Doorways" is this months theme day for the City Daily Photo community. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants
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Saturday, 24 October 2009
Lawson Railway Station
Every morning at around 8:30am the Countrylink XPT train to Dubbo passes through Lawson. As it sounds different from the normal Intercity trains, for the past 16 years my husband has said, "That's the XPT" or "Hear that?" and I've responded "We'll catch that one day."
Well the day arrived a couple of weeks ago. The trip began with us catching the regular train from Lawson to Katoomba where the XPT stops to pick up passengers. Over at Sweet Wayfaring,you will find me waiting impatiently at Katoomba station. We'll also be doing the rest of trip over there.
Friday, 23 October 2009
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Saturday, 26 September 2009
After a hard day's bush walking, shopping and eating there is time for one last glance at the view.
That's it for people shots for a while. I've learnt a lot from this first foray and will try some more in the future. In the meanwhile its back to the beach over at Sweet Wayfaring today.
Echo Point, Katoomba
Friday, 25 September 2009
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Saturday, 19 September 2009
Friday, 18 September 2009
I am starting a new series, showing you some of people who visit and live in the mountains ... and taking my first faltering steps with street photography.
Most visitors to the mountains begin at a map, choosing a walking track to follow.
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
The sunny day had given way to misty rain so it was time to go back home. Heading back to the car I noticed this hardenbergia vine twining across the path, spring is about to explode in the forest. But first, we're going on a Sweet Wayfaring adventure by the sea ... see you over there.
Tuesday, 8 September 2009
Monday, 7 September 2009
We're in the lower mountains where the temperature is warmer. It's interesting to compare the type of forest here to say here or here which are upper mountains tracks.
We followed the track a long way but the quality began to deteriorate and not knowing if the destination was worth it, we decided to back off.