Blue Mountains – latest article

  • THE WONGA WORLD - AN INDEPENDENT SPIRIT
    THE WONGA WORLD – AN INDEPENDENT SPIRIT
    This is Spirit, who nearly did not make an appearance as her parents nested in a tree about to be cut down. Happily, the tree was spared. Spirit and a sibling we called Hope hatched successfully. We think a hungry fox took Hope. This a continual hazard...
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History – latest article

  • DEATH IN THE YARRA
    DEATH IN THE YARRA
    I’ve always been interested in family history. Sometimes a snippet received from a relative leads  to an intriguing and in this case, very sad story. My maternal grandmother Nora was an Upston, from the rural district of Reedy Marsh, in  north-west Tasmania.   The family emigrated from Attleborough,...
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Humour – latest article

  • A COCKATOO'S REVENGE!
    A COCKATOO’S REVENGE!
    Now admittedly I have been conducting a campaign against sulphur crested cockatoos. Well not against the birds themselves, but against the artificial feeding of them. Over the past 15 years their numbers have skyrocketed in the Blue Mountains. They are now competing with other hollow-nesting birds here...
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Travel – latest article

  • Lunch at Conservation Hut in Wentworth Falls
    CONSERVATION HUT AT WENTWORTH FALLS; BLUE MOUNTAINS
    One of the most beautiful villages in the Blue Mountains  of New South Wales is Wentworth Falls.  It’s hard for a proud  Blackheathen to admit this…but  it’s true.  My favourite destination is Conservation Hut, originally built as a resting place for bush walkers, and a meeting room...
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Latest Blog Posts

  • MOTHER'S DAY GIFT FROM EDITOR DES.
    MOTHER’S DAY GIFT FROM EDITOR DES.
    OK, so it’s difficult to know what to give my guardian Pauline Conolly for Mother’s Day. Well I’m in lock-down, and I can’t get to the shops. Yes, I could pick a bunch of flowers, but that’s a bit ho-hum. Anyway I decided to be creative and...
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  • SPIRIT THE WONGA CHICK
    SPIRIT THE WONGA CHICK
    Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Wonga of Blackheath on the arrival of a healthy chick. It hasn’t been an easy journey for them. This sweet baby called Spirit arrived in the midst of the Covid19 pandemic after its loving parents had nested in a cedar tree about...
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  • IMAGES IN ISOLATION
    IMAGES IN ISOLATION
    Splendid isolation at the local duck pond in Blackheath – no tourists to feed the residents so I’m sure their diet has improved. Let’s hope that one day soon we will be free and the kids will be back on the swings. Such a simple joy. I...
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  • AN 'EPIDEMIC' OF BURGERS
    AN ‘EPIDEMIC’ OF BURGERS
    Social historians will be investigating and interpreting the pandemic and the phenomenon of self-isolation for years to come. Lock-down has altered our behaviour in so many ways. It has lead to a phenomenon dubbed ‘iso-baking’ (and a scarcity of flour), but also to a huge increase in...
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