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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,  bronze […]

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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 Blue Mountains  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.   […]

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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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DEMENTIA; DREADFUL ANY DAY OF THE WEEK

DEMENTIA; DREADFUL ANY DAY OF THE WEEK

Dementia has become an epidemic in our society. This is  a story about my mother-in-law Jean, but it is also  the story of countless others in the same situation. CIRCA 1945    A CALENDER OF DEMENTIA APRIL 2015 This calendar had become a lifeline in my mother-in-law Jean’s  […]

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BARBED WIRE AND BINDER TWINE

BARBED  WIRE AND BINDER TWINE

WIRE IN THE BLOOD Growing up on a small farm in Tasmania, I often felt that the whole place was held together with barbed wire and binder twine. Most of our fences were made of  wire and wooden ‘droppers’. My sister and I quite enjoyed collecting snagged  […]

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EDITOR DES – HIS VERY OWN GARDEN

EDITOR DES - HIS VERY OWN GARDEN

THE BIRTH OF A GARDEN Well  people who know me may remember I  once had ideas of becoming a barista, to supplement my meagre editor’s wages. This didn’t work out so well, because I couldn’t get the crema quite right. Anyway, after my guardian Pauline  Conolly  accidentally […]

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TEDDY BEAR’S PICNIC

TEDDY BEAR'S PICNIC

‘If you go down to the woods today……sing sing …….Today’s the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic.’ Well I love picnics….I think it’s in the genes of bears really, don’t you?  Most picnics require a bit of shopping before hand; bread, wine  and stuff like that. […]

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