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THE BEST LITTLE BAKERY IN TOWN

THE BEST LITTLE BAKERY IN TOWN

BAKERY BELOW! My husband Rob  and I live in the Blue Mountains, but spend a lot of time in Sydney.  We usually stay in the same hotel apartments on the lower north shore. Conveniently, they are  located  above  a  small shopping centre. Every morning Rob pops down […]

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OH CHRISTMAS TREE!

OH CHRISTMAS TREE!

Hello, Editor Des here,   Well I have been searching  all over Sydney for the best Christmas tree. I found the first one in Cremorne when we were having a little holiday. I thought I really set it off.  I’m a true ornament.  Hahaha. Red and green […]

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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

  THE ENGAGING 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,  […]

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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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MAGIC DUST – LYCOPODIUM

MAGIC DUST - LYCOPODIUM

A few years ago I discovered a most extraordinary Australian native plant thriving  in my garden.  Mind you, I confess that  for some time I did my best to eradicate it. My worry was that exotic pine seedlings  were invading  from the property next door.   It was […]

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THE YELLOW ROBINS

THE YELLOW ROBINS

  THE YELLOW ROBIN AT HOME It lives in the mountains where moss and the sedges, Touch with their beauty, the banks and the ledges. D.F. Thomson       Australia’s  Eastern Yellow Robins are as trusting as  the  English redbreasts, although they are not related.  They  […]

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TASMANIA–AN ADVENTURE

Well  last week I went on a  holiday to Tasmania in search of two special little girls called Ellie and Ash.  My elderly guardians Pauline  and Rob are their great auntie and uncle.   I reckon this might make me their adoptive fourth cousin thrice removed. OK,  so […]

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GOLD! I COULD HAVE BEEN RICH.

GOLD! I COULD HAVE BEEN RICH.

GOLD IN THE BLOOD? Many years ago one of my elderly Larcombe aunts sent me a yellowed newspaper cutting of a famous gold find. She was aware of my interest in family history, and I suspect she hoped I might find  a family connection! Well, sadly I […]

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