Week 1 July 2014:
On the first day of the week we visited our daughter-in-law and our new granddaughter in hospital. The next day they were home from hospital. The next day our other daughter and family came to visit the new arrival and a good time was had by all.
We stayed on and saw the other grandparents. They came out from England to welcome and see the new arrival. We have a lot in common with them. They are both very interested in gardening and have a beautiful garden where they live near Worcester.
We then travelled again this time to stay once more in western Sydney with our other daughter and family. There was time to do some gardening in our daughter’s garden. We planted some kangaroo paws, weeded and mulched. It was good to get our hands dirty again after a few weeks away from home.
On the last day of the week we all travelled to the Blue Mountains. We visited some beautiful pagodas (see image in Wollemi NP entry) in Newnes State Forest. Pagodas are eroded sandstone formations with similar shapes to the oriental structures of the same name. Newnes State Forest is near Lithgow on the western side of the Blue Mountains.
From there we travelled, a short distance, to Wollemi National Park and visited the Newnes shale oil ruins. Newnes was a township of 2000 and was adjacent to the extensive shale oil workings. The site operated from 1906 to 1932 and then abandoned. The ruins cover an extensive area and are within Wollemi National Park. The National Parks and Wildlife Service have provided interpretive signs that made our visit more interesting. The oil was transported by a railway that joined the main western line. The railway construction was supervised by Henry Deane a noted railway engineer and botanist. He is one of our botanical and railway heroes. During the railway construction he collected the type specimens of Boronia deanei and Eucalyptus deanei. This was a very enjoyable and interesting day.