• The Water Doctor’s Daughters

    The intriguing story of wealthy 19th century water-cure physician, Dr James Loftus Marsden and his children, who grew up knowing Charles Darwin and Alfred Tennyson. Two girls died in suspicious circumstances resulting in sensational trials. Available via Amazon and major Bookstores.

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  • All Along the River: Tales from the Thames

    An engaging and humorous armchair read & companion volume to more practical guide books. Both quirky and fun, it is packed with information about literary associations, local recipes, folklore and a good many murders and mysteries! Available via Amazon and major Bookstores.

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Blue Mountains – latest article

  • Golden orb spider
    Spiders are not so scary….honestly.
    I can’t say that I like spiders, but I have become quite fascinated with the ones I see in my garden here in the Blue Mountains.  Of course most of them I don’t actually see….only their intricate webs. People on an Australian spider ID site  told me the...
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History – latest article

  • Wishing Tree in the Sydney Botanic Gardens
    THE MYSTERY OF THE WISHING TREE
    In Sydney’s Botanic Gardens there is a very special Norfolk Island pine known as The Wishing Tree.   It is a replacement of the original, which was planted in the early days of the colony. A sign explains its history, and its association with Governor  Lachlan Macquarie’s...
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Humour – latest article

  • Editor Des packing
    EDITOR DES ABOARD THE INDIAN PACIFIC TRAIN
    TRAIN WHISTLE BLOWING   OK, all packed for our trip across the Nullarbor on the   Indian Pacific train.  It’s a VERY long train.                 Had to catch the train to Sydney first.  For heavens sake…..why couldn’t it pick us...
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Travel – latest article

  • Pauline Conolly at Cook in the Nullabor
    INDIAN PACIFIC….THE PUSH TO PERTH
    CONTINUED FROM…….WESTWARD HO!                     Chatting to fellow passengers and gazing at the passing landscape  takes up a good deal of time aboard the Indian Pacific.   I always thought the scenery  across the Nullarbor would be a bit...
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Latest Blog Posts

  • Editor Des at FORT X
    DANGER AT FORT X
    Hello, I am very lucky to be alive and able to tell this story. The full details have never been revealed before. You are reading what is known in my profession as  A SCOOP! Well down in the corner of our garden  in the Blue Mountains there...
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  • Garden art.
    MRS EDNA WOOD – A LIFE STORY
    Mrs Edna Wood came into our lives several years ago, after an acacia tree was felled.  Right from the outset she had a penchant for hats, especially with extravagant floral trimmings.  We live in the beautiful Blue Mountains, where rhododendrons and camellias provided her with an unlimited...
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  • Yummy spiders at Aunty Jack in Katoomba
    OH THE NOSTALGIA! – FIFTIES HEAVEN AT KATOOMBA
    WELL HELLO AUNTY JACK! The Blue Mountains town of Katoomba has always been a bit retro, so what better place to open a 1950’s  themed restaurant/café?   Aunty Jacks in Katoomba Street is sheer bliss for Baby Boomers  like me, who grew up playing the juke box...
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  • Magnolia grandiflora
    THE WHITE MAGNOLIA TREE
    Magnolias were named for Pierre Magnol, a director of the French Botanic Gardens, during the eighteenth century. The American magnolia, Magnolia grandiflora or Bull Bay magnolia is native to the balmy Southern states and the Gulf of Mexico. It is an evergreen, and flowers in early summer....
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