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EDITOR DES GOES TO THE EASTER SHOW

EDITOR DES GOES TO THE EASTER SHOW

THE BIGGEST SHOW IN TOWN Last week we  went to the Royal Easter Show in Sydney.  It’s a huge fair, and  farmers and gardeners take their produce along and win prizes. Well some of them win. I wanted to enter  some of my vegetables, but Pauline Conolly  (she’s my guardian) […]

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Editor Des and the Halloween Pumpkin.

Editor Des and the Halloween Pumpkin.

  Hello, here is a rather sad story about my Halloween pumpkin. I forget when I planted the seeds, and also what kind they were. And maybe I was a bit late getting them in. Our bees seemed to have left when the lavender and thyme and all […]

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Autumn in Blackheath

LEAF PEEPING IN AUTUMN I love my little  village of Blackheath. I do joke and call it Bleakheath, but only with affection.  It’s in the  upper Blue Mountains of New South Wales, so the seasons are well defined.  Spring is gorgeous and  snow  can occasionally transform it in […]

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BLUEY; THE ARMY COOK WITH A DEVIL OF A JOB

BLUEY; THE ARMY COOK WITH A DEVIL OF A JOB

When the troopship Geelong left Hobart on October 20 1914, it carried the  Tasmanian contingent of the 12th Battalion  to Egypt, and  thence to  Gallipoli and France. There was a unique  mascot on board, a Tasmanian devil.  I’m not sure whether the practice  was  officially sanctioned, but […]

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Social history and Sydney’s Easter Show.

Social history and Sydney's Easter Show.

 TIMES ARE A’ CHANGING AT THE SHOW As I wandered   around Sydney’s Royal Easter Show this year I was struck by how accurately this iconic event reflects changes in our society.  The cookery section is a classic case in point.  If we want it to survive we will […]

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A WEBSITE IS A WONDERFUL THING

A WEBSITE IS A WONDERFUL THING

THE LITTLE WEBSITE THAT GREW! On April 10 this website clicked over  to 100,000 visits.  Maybe not a  great deal by some standards, but amazing to me. When I began in late 2012 I had no idea about  SEO (search engine optimization), effective tags or stop words. It must […]

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THE RIDDLE OF MR RIDLEY’S MURDER

THE RIDDLE OF MR RIDLEY'S MURDER

A CONTINUATION OF THE STORY, THE STRANGE LIFE OF EDWARD RIDLEY – PART ONE. In May 1933, police were called to  a crime scene at a damp hovel  below what had once been  Ridley and Sons  Department Store complex, on the Lower East Side of New York.  The Ridley family had disposed […]

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MAGIC MUSHROOMS

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

Hello from Editor Des,                              MY MUSHROOMS Well my guardian Pauline Conolly wrote a story  about fungi the other day  called Fungi: Flowers of the Fall .  So I thought I would do a better one. Mine is about very special, magic mushrooms. I think you will love it […]

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Fungi; Flowers of the Fall

Fungi; Flowers of the Fall

                                       A FESTIVAL OF FUNGI Good grief!  In my neck of the woods we have  experienced the wettest March for many years.  Yes, twelve days rain straight at one stage.  Autumn is always stunning here in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, but  instead of looking […]

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EXTRAORDINARY SNAKE TALES

EXTRAORDINARY SNAKE TALES

WARNING – THERE ARE PICTURES OF SNAKES IN THIS ARTICLE.   ALSO,  I MUST POINT OUT THAT SNAKES ARE VERY INOFFENSIVE.  THEY NORMALLY ONLY BITE WHEN CORNERED, OR WHEN SOMEONE IS TRYING TO KILL THEM. THEY ARE NOW PROTECTED IN AUSTRALIA, AS THEY CERTAINLY SHOULD BE. A BLIGHTED CHILDHOOD Being […]

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