• The Water Doctor’s Daughters

    The intriguing story of wealthy 19th century water-cure physician, Dr James Loftus Marsden and his children, who grew up knowing Charles Darwin and Alfred Tennyson. Two girls died in suspicious circumstances resulting in sensational trials. Available via Amazon and major Bookstores.

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  • All Along the River: Tales from the Thames

    An engaging and humorous armchair read & companion volume to more practical guide books. Both quirky and fun, it is packed with information about literary associations, local recipes, folklore and a good many murders and mysteries! Available via Amazon and major Bookstores.

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History – latest article

  • THE COURAGE OF SAPPER McRAE
    THE COURAGE OF SAPPER McRAE
      On April 26 1915, the day after the dawn landing at Gallipoli, Sapper Duncan McRae (2nd Field Co. of Engineers) was shot in the shoulder by a Turkish sniper. He was evacuated to Egypt and from there to a military  hospital in England.   Unfortunately it […]...
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Humour – latest article

  • DRIVEN MAD ON FOREIGN SOIL
    DRIVEN MAD ON FOREIGN SOIL
    My partner  Rob  and I were looking through some old holiday pics the other day.  Suddenly he held one up and said dreamily, ‘I remember that place; it was fantastic.’  As I glanced at what seemed a fairly nondescript town centre he added, ‘It’s where I found  […]...
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Travel – latest article

  • TOURIST OF TASTE
    TOURIST OF TASTE
    THE WORST TOURIST IS  A TINY ONE During the off-season, invading armies of visitors withdraw from the museums and  galleries of Europe to be replaced by assault  squads of  schoolchildren. I find them more alarming than bag snatchers.  They knock people over and make a great deal […]...
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Latest Blog Posts

  • CHRISTMAS BELLS IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS
    CHRISTMAS BELLS IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS
    JINGLE BELLS….. You could decorate a Christmas tree with the sweet, native bell flowers that flourish in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. In fact, I have  done this in my garden at Blackheath, using correas and apple berry blooms to adorn a little Lycopodium ‘tree’ […]...
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  • TAKE A JUMP! - AUSSIE WOOD DUCKS.
    TAKE A JUMP! – AUSSIE WOOD DUCKS.
    HEAVENS ABOVE….DUCKS! I wandered out into the garden one  spring morning and heard a soft clucking coming from high in a gum tree.  It was goose like duck, which was soon joined by a wooing male. Such handsome birds. They are Australian native wood ducks, and  mainly […]...
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  • SOCIAL HISTORY AND THE SATIN BOWERBIRD
    SOCIAL HISTORY AND THE SATIN BOWERBIRD
    Perhaps the most entertaining and interesting  birds in my garden are the  Australian Satin Bowerbirds. The difference in appearance  between females and juveniles and the adult male is hard to believe.  Initially the birds are olive green, with cream and brown  scalloped chests,  bronze wings and tail. […]...
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  • A 'POX ' ON DEMENTIA!
    A ‘POX ‘ ON DEMENTIA!
    THE FEAR OF FORGETTING I’m sure I am not the only  Baby Boomer  to hope that  a vaccine against Alzheimer’s will be  developed before my  alarming short-term memory loss blossoms into full blown dementia.  Meanwhile, I practice spelling ‘world’ backwards, and counting down from 100 in  multiples […]...
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