Blue Mountains – latest article

  • CURRAWONG CASHES IN ON CICADA SEASON
    CURRAWONG CASHES IN ON CICADA SEASON
    MID AUGUST 2020 – I was creating a new garden bed recently when I spotted a currawong gathering roots for its nest. A yellow robin on the look-out for worms was watching on with a wary eye. The currawong nest was constructed high in a eucalypt (local...
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History – latest article

  • Winifred (left) and Emily Singleton
    WHERE IS WINIFRED?
    Winifred Julia Singleton (Winnie) was born near Ulverstone, Tasmania on November 29 1918,  the first child of Arthur and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Singleton. Arthur Singleton was my great uncle. There is only one known photo of Winnie. It was taken in 1924, when she and her little sister...
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Humour – latest article

  • HOW TO DISAPPEAR IN SYDNEY
    HOW TO DISAPPEAR IN SYDNEY
    Hello Peeps, well I had a Covid escape to Sydney from Blackheath last week. Cities are very strange places, did you know that? You could disappear from one completely in the proverbial puff of smoke, or something even more peculiar! Well I was watching a man with...
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Travel – latest article

  • JARDINS....LITTLE TREASURES OF THE LOT
    JARDINS….LITTLE TREASURES OF THE LOT
    It is mid winter here at Blackheath in the Blue Mountains, cold and very wet. I have been watching Monty Don’s TV series on French gardens. Oh dear, the longing it evokes is almost physically painful. How long will it be before we can enjoy that beautiful...
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Latest Blog Posts

  • A MEMOIR OF FALL IN RHODE ISLAND
    A MEMOIR OF FALL IN RHODE ISLAND
    This is a short guest post from my New England friend Jeanne Verity. She writes so beautifully about the United States I dreamed of as a child in 1950’s Tasmania. Aah, America, here was a place where autumn was ‘fall’ and where ripening pumpkins heralded Halloween, a...
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  • GOODBYE TO MR WHEELER - A FINE OLD CAMELLIA
    GOODBYE TO MR WHEELER – A FINE OLD CAMELLIA
    The Camellia japonica R.T. Wheeler is very hardy and produces enormous, variegated blooms. I have picked so many to fill various containers So why on earth would I want to banish it? Well, in my Blackheath garden the camellia was growing between two red blooming trees, just...
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  • HOUNSLOW AT BLACKHEATH
    HOUNSLOW AT BLACKHEATH
    When it was announced that there was to be a new cafe in the Collier Arcade at Blackheath my associate Editor Des and I were very excited. We love to do a little writing over a working lunch. It’s a lot quieter in the arcade than out...
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  • PHILMA RICHARDS; A TASMANIAN MEMOIR
    PHILMA RICHARDS; A TASMANIAN MEMOIR
    There is something so special about childhood friends, especially if you grew up in the country. Our nearest neighours in 1950s Tasmania were the Richards family. Cheryl and Michael were almost the same age as me and my sister Robbie. We lived on adjoining dairy farms at...
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