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LIVING IN THE MOMENT; WHEN MEMORY FAILS

LIVING IN THE MOMENT; WHEN MEMORY FAILS

 MOMENTS IN TIME, BUT NO LONGER  IN  MEMORY Pop psychologists are always urging us to ‘Live in the moment’.    I do try to do this, especially when it comes to enjoying my garden and the wonderful  bird life around me.  However, as a writer  on social history and

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TINY GIFTS, RECEIVED WITH GRACE.

TINY GIFTS, RECEIVED WITH GRACE.

  Sometimes  a small, seemingly insignificant  gift  produces  unalloyed  pleasure.   Last Christmas I bought my partner Rob a $5 ‘stocking filler’ from the village chemist.  It was a sponge, impregnated with mysterious ingredients.  I had assumed it was a toiletry item for travellers .  Rob hates

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LETTER TO SANTA

LETTER TO SANTA

THE STRESS OF WRITING  TO SANTA CAN BE OVERWHELMING…..AN  ILLUSTRATED ESSAY BY EDITOR DES…. ER, THAT’S ME. Hello. Do you think a fellow aged sixteen and a half is too old to write to Santa? I don’t.  And my guardian  Pauline Conolly often  says I am immature

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ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE; LOVE AND LOSS AT CHRISTMAS

ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE; LOVE AND LOSS AT CHRISTMAS

SOMETIMES I COME ACROSS A STORY THAT  TRULY MOVES ME.  JESSICA TRUETT GREW UP IN KENTUCKY. HER  MEMORIES OF HER DEARLY LOVED GRANDMOTHER DOLLIE  CAME  STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART. THEY  WERE  ALSO BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN.  IT IS A PRIVILEGE TO SHARE HER ARTICLE  ON MY WEBSITE.   DOLLIE  DIED 

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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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CHRISTMAS IN THE AUSTRALIAN BUSH

CHRISTMAS IN THE AUSTRALIAN BUSH

‘Oh! All that steam! The pudding had just been taken out of the cauldron. Oh! That smell! The same as the one which prevailed on washing day. It is  that of the cloth which wraps the pudding.  Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’ Christmas in Australia is a

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DEATH AT CHRISTMAS; THE SUSPICIOUS DEATH OF ROSA MARSDEN

DEATH AT CHRISTMAS; THE SUSPICIOUS DEATH OF ROSA MARSDEN

CHRISTMAS 1877.  At  St-Leonards-on-Sea,  in the English county of Sussex, a Christmas market was being held in the ‘old town’.  The shops and churches were decorated with laurel, holly and ivy. Nevertheless, perhaps due to the unseasonable mild  weather, the jollity of the Hastings & St Leonards

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