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Blowin’ in the wind; the Hills Hoist.

Blowin' in the wind; the Hills Hoist.

HUNG OUT TO DRY! Baby boomers like me may have memories of old ‘prop’ clothes lines. They had been around for generations,  although there was an attempt to improve on them as early as  1889. An Australian invented a device for carrying a double line, which could be elevated

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Winter Magic with Editor Des

Winter Magic with Editor Des

Hello, this is Editor Des from the Blue Mountains. Well I went to the Winter Magic Festival in Katoomba. Pauline didn’t want to take me because it gets a bit crowded, but I had a special assignment with the Blue Mountains Council, so she had to.  Haha.

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WE LOVE WENTWORTH STREET, BLACKHEATH!

My partner Rob and I are the most unlikely ‘activists’ imaginable, but suddenly we have become Wentworth Street Warriors.  We may not live  in the street, but as local residents  we appreciate its beauty all year long. UPDATE – we  have just been alerted by a local consulting arborist

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Kookaburra Crisis!

Kookaburra Crisis!

A story about birds by me, Editor Des WOT’S MORE SCARY….A COCKATOO OR A KOOKABURRA? Do you know what?  A  kookaburra  called Toffee visits our garden every day.  At first I was a bit scared of him, I thought he might start pecking  my fur off for

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The Fabulous Fig Trees of Sydney

The Fabulous Fig Trees of Sydney

WHO GIVES A FIG?  I DO! Anyone who knows me will be aware that I adore trees. I live in the beautiful Blue Mountains of New South Wales, so autumn and spring are very special. However I still love Sydney; for the harbour, the museums and theatres, but

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A FRIENDSHIP LOST; JEANNIE AND JOAN

DEMENTIA; THE SILENT THIEF A few months ago my mother-in-law Jean moved into a Sydney nursing home. She had previously been in residential care for eighteen months after dementia and failing physical health meant  she could  no longer remain in her own home. My husband and I live

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Moments With Minties.

Moments With Minties.

ARE MINTIES NUMBER ONE? It would be hard to name  Australia’s most iconic  lolly  (that’s a  sweet or candy to non Aussies)  Fantails? Jaffas?  Life Savers? Minties must surely be a contender.   They were invented in 1922, by James Stedman, son of Australia’s first  large-scale confectioner. Mintie wrappers are

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THE SPINEBILL FUCHSIA

 THE FUCHSIA Fuchsias were discovered growing in the Caribbean in the 17th century,  by  a French monk  called Charles Plumier.  He named them in honour of  German botanist, Leonhart Fuchs. There are so many varieties it would be impossible to   list them here. Anyway, there is only one, very

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Dr Ratten – Made in Chicago

Dr Ratten - Made in Chicago

TO CHICAGO – A MEDICAL MISSION On September 3 1906, a wealthy young dentist from Brisbane boarded  the passenger  ship Aorangi. He disembarked in Vancouver,  then entered the United States and  made his way to Chicago by train. His name was Victor Richard Ratten. Soon after he arrived

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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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