Blue Mountains – latest article

  • EVERGLADES HOUSE - AN ART DECO GEM
    EVERGLADES HOUSE – AN ART DECO GEM
    On a recent (very rare) sunny day here in the Blue Mountains, my partner Rob and I visited the recently restored Everglades House at Leura. I had read  a feature about it  in the January 2024 National Trust magazine. Even though we live nearby at Blackheath, it...
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History – latest article

  • MOLONG AND THE  EARL OF HARDWICKE
    MOLONG AND THE EARL OF HARDWICKE
    It’s not often a small  outback town can boast of having an Earl open  their garden fete, but that’s what happened at Molong in 1897. The man  responsible for the coup  was  Mr John Young, ex-mayor of Sydney and owner of the huge Burrawong Estate at Molong....
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Humour – latest article

  • IRONING WITH A FULL HEAD OF STEAM!
    IRONING WITH A FULL HEAD OF STEAM!
    Ironing is not the most romantic of occupations, although remember that old fold song? ‘Dashing away with the smoothing (steaming) iron she stole my heart away.’ The steam iron was born along with baby boomers like myself..  The following is from the Melbourne Argus, on June 30...
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Travel – latest article

  • WOOLLOOMOOLOO.....FULL CIRCLE
    WOOLLOOMOOLOO…..FULL CIRCLE
    First up, a silly riddle about Woolloomooloo by C.J. Dennis; Yes, that’s eight o’s. 😛 It’s a small jump to the puzzle of which Aussie icon rhymes with Woolloomooloo. WOOLLOOMOOLOO – affectionately dubbed ‘the Loo’. It once had a reputation as a rough and ready sort of...
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Latest Blog Posts

  • THE TASMANIAN 'ABDUCTION' OF KING'S CROSS BOB
    THE TASMANIAN ‘ABDUCTION’ OF KING’S CROSS BOB
    The Tasmanian sojourn of the fox terrier known as Kings Cross Bob began early in 1939.   It’s worth noting that by then  the dog had truly entered the mythology of The Cross. By the way, if you haven’t read part one of the story, CLICK HERE. Here...
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  • KING'S CROSS BOB - THE FAMOUS FOX TERRIER
    KING’S CROSS BOB – THE FAMOUS FOX TERRIER
    This is the story of  King’s Cross Bob,  a dog who brought joy to a community (actually to an entire city) throughout the Great Depression. The Sydney tabloid Smith’s Weekly paid tribute to him in April 1940. Yes, the ‘retired gentleman’ was a famous, aging fox terrier. ...
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  • TIM TAMS - FIRST PAST THE POST
    TIM TAMS – FIRST PAST THE POST
    I hate to admit this, but Australia’s beloved Tim Tams  were inspired by UK chocolate biscuits called Penguins.   Arnott’s long term Director of Food Technology  was  Mr Ian Norris.  In 1958, while touring the world on the hunt for new ideas, he came across Penguin biscuits...
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  • CARROT CAKE - A TRIBUTE
    CARROT CAKE – A TRIBUTE
    Food historians believe that the origins of carrot cake date back to the European Middle Ages. Carrots were used in place of  costly sugar to make sweet – (ish) puddings and tarts etc. There was a revival of interest in carrot cake during WWII in the UK,...
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