Norman Lindsay Gallery

Norman Lindsay GalleryThe Norman Lindsay Gallery at Faulconbridge is the home of the Magic Pudding and displays the work of artist and writer Norman Lindsay (1879-1969). Run by the National Trust, the sandstone cottage and landscaped grounds are open 7 days a week and there is a specialist gift shop and cafe.

Norman Lindsay (1879-1969), artist, cartoonist, and writer, came from a family that produced five artists. Lindsay left home when he was sixteen to live with his brother in Melbourne. In 1901 he moved north to make his permanent home in the Blue Mountains, working for the Bulletin in an association that lasted almost to his death.

His first novel was published in 1913, and by the 1920s he was both proficient and prolific in pen and ink drawing, etching, woodcuts, watercolours and sculpture. Lindsay rejected Christianity, and his art depicts Bohemianism and Arcadian pantheism madly admixed in a fantasy world.

As early as 1904 his work was deemed blasphemous; in 1930 his novel Redheap was banned and the following year the police proceeded against an issue of Art and Australia that showcased his art. There were many critics of Lindsay’s work but he remained popular with collectors, and Albert, the loyal but cranky The Magic Pudding from his classic children’s book (1918) is still just as popular with today’s younger generation.

Hazelbrook and Woodford Garden Festival

Hazelbrook and Woodford Garden FestivalThe Hazelbrook and Woodford Garden Festival runs from Saturday 14 September to Sunday 22 September 2013

Now in its 29th year, the festival showcases the beauty and diversity of gardens in the heart of the Blue Mountains.

There are nine gardens open from 10am to 4pm on each day of the festival. A variety of talks are available. For more information see the website.

The gardens are a testament to the hard work, imagination and love of nature shown by their owners, inviting both appreciation and admiration. There is something of interest to all. The festival exhibits a diverse collection of landscapes, established trees, flowers, natives, herbs, fruit trees and shrubs set amidst the unique beauty of the mid mountains.

Festival booklets are available at Visitor Information Centres, Hazelbrook shops, Hazelbrook Public School, and at all garden gates. Follow the blue and yellow signs in the Woodford/Hazelbrook area during the festival.

The Festival Cafe and the Markets will be held at Hazelbrook Public School.


1. ‘Dayspring’
85 Winbourne Road, Hazelbrook
(courtesy Ken and Jan Goodlet)

Set on an eastern slope, ‘Dayspring’ is an excellent example of applied permaculture. It uses minimal water (most of which is tank or grey water) while still achieving good productivity. This large garden exhibits an abundance of vegetables and flowers with winding paths that meander past ponds and many species of fruit and nut trees to a gentle bushland waterfall.
2. ‘Hazel Cottage’
10 Hazelbrook Pde, Hazelbrook
(courtesy Denise MacGregor Fraser and Ken Houghton)

Presented for the first time, natives, roses and a ‘borrowed’ blossom tree greet visitors. Explore the recently established back garden rooms containing a mixture of exotics & perennials – a lilac & lavender octagon, a hedge hiding a circle garden, an arbour, clematis arches, a vegie patch, with a gazebo to rest in.
3. ‘Chiltern’
1 Forbes Rd, Hazelbrook
(courtesy Avis & Bill McLeary)

An established cottage garden with rock walls and stone pathways that meander down past ponds and fountains. Skilful craftsmanship and the creative use of recycled timber for ornamentation and building has created an interesting and delightful back garden.

4. ‘Padda Kloof’
54 Pimelea Drive, Woodford
(courtesy Donna and John Cooper)

A newly established terraced woodland garden featuring camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas, gardenias and orchids. Gently sloping paths meander past cascading waterfalls, frog ponds and rocky outcrops.

5. ‘Lilly Pilly Garden and Studio’
13 Appian Way, Woodford
(courtesy Tina Frost Clayton and John Clayton) 

Originally planted in the 1970’s and opening for the first time, Lilly Pilly Garden and Studio is a small garden redesigned by Arthur Lathouris in 2011. The garden is a work in progress honouring many of the original plants whilst adding low maintenance garden paths and plantings.
Christina creates art here, and garden inspired original artworks, prints and greeting cards will be exhibited and on sale with 20% commission donated to Hazelbrook Public School.
Wander across the driveway to
‘Cubby Hollow’
17 Appian Way, Woodford
(courtesy Karen and Rob Edwards)

Also opening for the first time, a small garden that continues to evolve over time. Mature deciduous trees under planted with ferns, hydrangeas, camellias, azaleas, and a variety of shrubs provide colour, definition and quiet peaceful areas to sit, relax and enjoy. Recycled brick paths meander through the garden where friends, family and especially children enjoy the trek to the “Cubby”.

6. ‘Balangara’ (Aboriginal for Lyre Bird)
9 Old Bathurst Road, Woodford
(courtesy Leanne and Sean Clayton)

A Sorensen inspired garden including water features, dry stone walls and a blending of native and exotic garden. The abundant local sandstone has been used to create paths, borders and terraces to optimise and complement the aspect and views over the national park to the city. Many mature trees including Japanese maples, rhododendrons, cherries and camellias create a backdrop for a profusion of azaleas. Beyond the Edna Walling inspired cottage is the productive corner of the garden where you can sit and enjoy the sights and sounds of the odd lyre bird.

7. ‘Tanglewood’
71 Bedford Road, Woodford
(courtesy Jo Gardiner and Brian Kirkby )

“Tanglewood” features an impressive display of well-established weeping maples, camellias and ferns with pathways that meander down past ponds and ancient bush rocks. The contemporary house reflects the stylish lines and graceful curves of the garden.

8. ‘Sunstone Lodge’
30 Taylor Road, Woodford
(courtesy Deirdre & Ian Harman)

A large country garden with stone paths, steps and retaining walls. Established in 1949 by Sydney publisher Alfred Crewe Parsons and known locally as the “Russian Spy House”, the garden has continued to develop with each new owner over 60 years. Features include an orchard, vegetable garden, spring bulbs, woodland iris, wisteria and the original glasshouse. Extensive hedges and sweeping lawns with views to Sydney.
Tea, coffee and biscuits are available with a gold coin donation. You may bring a picnic lunch to have in the grounds of this garden.

Income Protection Insurance for residents of Woodford

No matter what part of Australia that your from, you need to make sure that your properly insured in the event of serious sickness or illness.

Income protection insurance is a policy that is popular with residents of the larger cities of Australia, and smaller suburbs in the Blue Mountains alike. It is a type of insurance that provides financial income support should you become sick or injured for an extended time, and are unable to work as a result.

An income protection insurance policy sourced from a reputable source such as can provide real economic relief should you find yourself in this situation, as it can pay you up to 75% of your normal weekly pay. This can be a real saving grace should you be unable to work through sickness or injury, as all your regular bills and fixed costs will still normally need to be paid.

Another key advantage of this type of policy is that for many policy holders it can be a tax deductible expense.

What does Public Liability Insurance mean for Woodford?

woodford nsw public liability insurance

One thing businesses within Woodford and for that matter right across Australia have in common is the need for adequate insurance coverage. The purpose of insurance is to mitigate the financial risks that are involved in operating a business. The most common type of coverage for Australian businesses is public liability insured. This is a general type of coverage that can protect a company from a wide range of events that may occur through the regular operation of a company.

In a broad sense, this type of coverage is intended to protect against any third-party liability that may arise as the result of regular business functions. A third-party would include individuals such as customers, clients and members of the general public. If one of these third-parties sustains some sort of loss, be it injury, property damage, death, or financial loss, the policy can help to cover the costs of legal defense and claims payments.

Public liability insurance can protect businesses in a variety of ways. It can protect from events that may occur in an office or workshop location, it can protect a business that offers services on the road and it can protect businesses against damages that could be caused by a product that they produce or distribute. Some policies are more general than others and many offer the option to cover additional liabilities such as company vehicles. The events that will be covered will depend on the type of business and what their regular business operation entails.

Australian businesses that are looking into getting coverage should consult with their financial adviser or accountant. This can help them to determine what types of coverage are necessary to protect their business. Once you know what level of coverage is needed, public liability insurance can be easily obtained by shopping online at websites that offer free insurance quotes and comparison shopping.

Why individuals should get life insurance

Throughout life, many Australians will find that they have the need for a variety of different types of insurance. One type of insurance that every Australian should consider getting is life insurance from a reputable company such as This type of coverage can provide a much needed source of money to your family in the event of your death.

The basic function of life insurance is to provide money to a beneficiary in the event of the insured individual’s death. For a family, this money can be especially important. If you are the head of a household or a key income earner in your family, your loved ones might fall on hard times in the event of your death. With a life insurance policy, you can help to protect your family from this type of financial hardship.

When determining whether you need to get life insurance quotes or not, it is important to consider the financial impact that your death would have on your family. Would they be able to cover your end of life expenses? Would they be able to meet all of the financial obligations that you leave behind? Will they be able to afford their basic needs? Insurance might not be able to provide emotional relief to your family in the event of your death, but it can help to ensure that emotional distress is not accompanied by financial problems.

On the Australian insurance market, consumers have a wide variety of options when it comes to coverage. Comparison shopping can also be made easy by using an online life insurance quote finder. For details on how coverage can help you and how it fits into your financial goals, consumers should consult a financial planner.