Thursday, January 31, 2013

Blue Hills Drive, Glenmore Park 5 of 7

Bulrushes in Blue Hills Wetland
Sorry I can't stop myself, I prefer nature shots.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Blue Hills Drive, Glenmore Park 4 of 7

Blue Hills Wetland
Never fear, the unnatural McMansions have been given a lovely simulated natural setting.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Blue Hills Drive, Glenmore Park 3 of 7


Monday, January 28, 2013

Blue Hills Drive, Glenmore Park 2 of 7

Remnant Bushland
I've failed my suburban assignment already.  My eyes kept straying from the garden topiary to the  remnant bushland over the road.

The sign said "Penrith City Council is actively working to restore and extend areas of natural bushland, particularly endangered vegetation communities.  At this reserve the delicate ecosystem is being cared for and helped to regenerate. A program involving weed removal and planting 1000's of trees and shrubs is being undertaken."

I can almost hear the she-oaks sighing for their lost world.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Blue Hills Drive, Glenmore Park 1 of 7 - A Road that Beckons

Glenmore Park home
We were down at Penrith shopping so I took a look at the map to see which road beckoned.

I chose Blue Hills Drive because it reminded me of Blue Hills the ABC Radio Serial whose  signature tune transported us each lunch time to the Australian country town of Tanimbla. I found a place light years apart from Tanimbla and the people who listened to its stories.

Glenmore Park is one of Penrith's newer housing developments, being about 25 years old and now home to around 20,000 people.

I dislike suburbia so this assignment is going to challenge me.  Let's see what we find.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Forty Bends Road, South Bowenfels 7 of 7

The road rejoins the highway
Here we are back at the highway and the end of this road.

I found the following on the Roads and Maritime website


Realigning the highway at Forty Bends would improve safety and reliability of travel and reduce the likelihood of crashes and potential road closures in winter months due to the formation of black ice. Other safety benefits would include reduced grades and smoother curves.

It seems a few more of the old bends are going to disappear. 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Forty Bends Road, South Bowenfels 6 of 7

View from the road
Not a bad view to overlook.

Forty Bends Road, South Bowenfels 5 of 7

Small land holding

Most of the houses are neither old or posh. This one is pretty typical of farm houses of the mid 1900s.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Forty Bends Road, South Bowenfels 4 of 7

Hassans Walls
On the other side of the road is the high escarpment of the mountains.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Forty Bends Road, South Bowenfels 3 of 7

Rural property with tennis court

Small rural land holdings flank the road, this looks like one of the older ones. I think there was a time around the turn of the last century when just about every rural properly of any presence had a tennis court.  The courts today are often just a weed infested patch of dirt with a tall tangled rusting wire fence.  This one has had a modern face lift.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Forty Bends Road, South Bowenfels 2 of 7

A bend in the road

Surprise surprise, we found bends!  I didn't count them but there were fewer than 40, I'd say about 20.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Forty Bends Road, South Bowenfels 1 of 7 - A Road that Beckons

Forty Bends Road, where it departs the Great Western Highway

This is the sign post that germinated the idea of  Roads that Beckon.

Beth commented on my annual plan plan that it is Forty Bends Road not Forty Five Bends Road ... and she was right.   She also explained that Forty Bends Road road was once the main highway between the mountains and Lithgow, wriggling its way around the foot of the western side of the mountains.  The Great Western Highway replaced it but some of the old road remains, running beside the highway, departing at this sign post and rejoining a few kilometres down the track.

According to the wikipedea story on the Great Western Highway "In 1958 the 'Forty Bends’, where the Highway runs along the foot of Hassans Walls approaching Lithgow, were eased. The fact that this section of the Highway is on the southern side of a very high escarpment poses severe ice problems during winter, due to the lack of sunlight."

It was a warm summer day.  Let's go see what we find.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Some Royal contributions and next road

We have the New Year off to a good start with three new contributions to the Royal collection.

I have also started a new road Bee Farm Road over at Blue Mountains Journal so you can go visit there or come back next week when I will start a new road here at Sweet Wayfaring.

Royal Club Hotel-Motel, Inverell
contributed by Mark from Clarence Valley Today
This one has to be up with the Royal Hotel in Casino for general ugliness of architecture.

Former Royal Hotel, Glen Innes
Contributed by Mark from Clarence Valley Today
It's a Fergie.

Royal Hotel Sutherland
Contributed by Julie from Sydney Eye
To my eye the city versions just don't have the same style as those in the country.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Blowhole Point Road Kiama 7 of 7

Fresh Fish

That's it for this road.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Blowhole Point Road, Kiama 6 of 7

Prayer time

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Blowhole Point Road, Kiama 5 of 7

Waiting for the hole to blow (it didn't)

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Blowhole Point Road, Kiama 4 of 7

Pilots Cottage Museum

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Blowhole Point Road, Kiama 3 of 7

Kiama Lighthouse

Monday, January 7, 2013

Blowhole Point Road, Kiama 2 of 7

Gulls on roof

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Blowhole Point Road Kiama 1 of 7 - A Road that Beckons

View from Blowhole Point Road, Kiama

The road that beckoned in Kiama was the one promising a view of a blowhole. It as more touristy than I expect most of the roads to be but truly it was the road with the most interesting name in Kiama.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Afternoon at the beach

That's it for beach shots this time round.  I was not overly inspired because I was recovering from my eye op (which also took 2 days out of our week at the beach) so had to wear dark glasses and was not feeling 100% a lot of the time.

However before we left I examined the map to see which road in Kiama beckoned and will start that tomorrow.  My plan is to select up to seven photos from each road and post one each day.

Friday, January 4, 2013

A Touch of Red 4 of 4

I will show you one shot from the beach tomorrow.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

A Touch of Red 3 of 4

Easts Beach, Kiama.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A Touch of Red 2 of 4

Eucalyptus flower with a peek of the beach in the background.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A Touch of Red 1 of 4

Happy New Year!

We've been to the beach so I am going to show you four shots, each with a touch of red, while I get my act together on my new project Roads that Beckon.  Read more about it and my 2013 blog plan here.