(l-r) Lithgow Living History members Robyn Burton, Vicki Hartley, Ian Rufus and Alexa Burton bring Hartley Historic Site to life. By Ellen Hill for Hartley Historic Site Photos: David Hill Explore one of the best examples of colonial history afresh when Hartley Historic Site holds its annual Back to Hartley family fair on Sunday, October 25. Be entertained with live music by Lithgow Folk Club; take a trike or pony ride; have a
Metal artist Ron Fitzpatrick is inspired by the Tor of Hartley. By Ellen Hill Photos: David Hill Hulking moodily over a remnant of the nation’s colonial past, a pile of rocks flung against the side of a hill just west of the Blue Mountains has been a magnet for artists for two centuries, creatively and literally. Known as Kew-Y-Ahn, Bells Rock or just The Tor, the granite rocks are embedded in the hill rising above Hartley Historic
Autumn leaf floating on the surface of the Hawkesbury River at Hanna Park, North Richmond. By Ellen Hill Photos: David Hill (Continuing the story of the Hawkesbury River, we re-publish here an article that featured in the April-May 2009 edition of Blue Mountains Life magazine.) THE last tendrils of fog swirl up to meet the golden rays of a weak winter sun, mirrored on the still surface of the water. The occasional jumping fish makes a quiet “blip’’ noise.
The Smith Park picnic area becomes part of Pugh’s Lagoon on the Hawkesbury River floodplain during flood. By Ellen Hill Photos: David Hill (As NSW experiences the worst floods in decades, it is worth remembering that flood waters have been a regular feature of the Hawkesbury River for centuries. This feature article by the Deep Hill Media team appeared in the October/November 2010 edition of Blue Mountains Life magazine. It is republished here wi