Blue Mountains – latest article

  • A CHRISTMAS PLAY IN A PUB
    A CHRISTMAS PLAY IN A PUB
    I never could resist a nativity play. They are usually performed by sweet little schoolchildren, so an adult version was something of a novelty for me. Titled, The Shepherds’ Play , it was held in the dining room of The New Ivanhoe Hotel last night. All seats...
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History – latest article

  • A FRAUGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH BUSES!
    A FRAUGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH BUSES!
    From 1953 until 1968, the Tasmanian government ran the Green Coach Line service to country towns. Now due to the curse of travel sickness I have dreadful childhood memories of being a passenger on those wretched buses. The Tasman Limited train was completely different, quite exciting really....
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Humour – latest article

  • EDITOR DES AND THE  CHEEKY ROBOT LIBRARIAN
    EDITOR DES AND THE CHEEKY ROBOT LIBRARIAN
    Hello, Editor Des here. Well Pauline went to a champagne preview of a dedicated children’s section at the New South Wales State Library recently. This week she asked me if I wanted to go and see it. Well of course, woman! I should have been invited to...
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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

  • A possum nibbled apple!
    THE APPLE TREE GIFTS
    When my parents bought their farm in Tasmania in 1952 there was an ancient apple tree in the garden. As far as we could tell it was a Bramley cooking apple. It produced a huge crop year after year, which my mother used in every way imaginable;...
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  • CHRISTMAS CHEER AT BLACKHEATH CREATIVE
    CHRISTMAS CHEER AT BLACKHEATH CREATIVE
    Approaching the recently launched Blackheath Creative shop in Station Street there is a heavenly aroma from Christmassy scented candles. I stopped outside to chat to friends and they asked if I had some exotic perfume on. But don’t just wander past…..walk in! Everything here is locally sourced...
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  • WRITERS AND ROSES
    WRITERS AND ROSES
    As a writer and gardener, I find it hard to resist roses with a connection to a much loved book, or its author. Perhaps my favourite would be the beautifully scented David Austin rose called Jude the Obscure, named for Thomas Hardy’s tragic novel. It’s appropriate that...
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  • DIGITALIS - DEADLY GLOVES FOR LITTLE FOXES
    DIGITALIS – DEADLY GLOVES FOR LITTLE FOXES
    Foxgloves (digitalis purpurea) fill me with nostalgia. My mother grew them in her rural Tasmanian garden. ‘Don’t touch them’, she would tell us, ‘they’re poisonous. ‘ Naturally my sister Robbie and I defied her by sticking our fingers into the little ‘gloves’ with a mixture of fear...
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