• 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

  • Explorers Tree Blue Mountains
    THE EXPLORERS’ TREE
    In 1813 the three men pictured above set out to cross  the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, keeping to the ridges, rather than the deep, forested valleys. Accompanied by five servants, they were the first European settlers  to succeed. I think we would all agree that...
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History – latest article

  • Medical tents on the beach at Anzac Cove
    DOCTOR STEWART PART II- LOVE AND WAR
    A BRIEF RECAP.  In 1912, highly respected Dr John Stewart  shocked everyone by deserting his wife and family in Perth, W.A.  He bought a practice in  Bangalow, N.S.W.  and for two and a half years lived there  quietly  with his mistress, Muriel Meallin.  Muriel was known to...
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Humour – latest article

  • Wood duck
    CIRQUE DU DUCK!
    I live  just around the corner from the Blackheath duck pond, in the beautiful Blue Mountains. I’ve developed a special relationship with the  Australian wood ducks who live there. They are so  good natured and engaging. It occurred to me that they must get a little bored...
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Travel – latest article

  • Pigs at Kadoorie Farm
    KADOORIE FARM AND GARDENS
    ORIGINS OF THE FARM Following the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong during World War II, many farmers were destitute and unable to produce sufficient food for the enormous influx of refugees. In 1951, Hong Kong businessman Lord Lawrence Kadoorie and his brother Sir Horace Kadoorie, formed an...
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Latest Blog Posts

  • Wren on tree fern
    BESOTTED WITH BLUE WRENS
    Honestly, blue wrens could take over my life if I didn’t keep strict control. I should  really give them  their full  title;  Superb Fairy Wrens (Maluras cyaneus). And yes, they are as delicate as fairies.                     Once I...
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  • Scallop and crn puree entree
    VICTORY CAFE, BLACKHEATH….THE PERFECT MEAL THAT BROKE MY HEART
    My partner Rob and I intended dining at the new Blackheath Bar and BIstro last Saturday night, but it was a bit busy. Instead, we had a drink to wish the owners well,  then  walked along to the Victory Café.  It was pretty early, so no problem...
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  • Lunch at Silks, Affogato
    LUNCH AT SILK’S IN LOVELY LEURA
    Is Leura  the prettiest village in the Blue Mountains? Even as a proud Blackheathen I have to admit it is. This mural features the cool climate plants that thrive here in the Mountains; rhododendrons, camellias, spring bulbs etc.   My partner  Rob and I booked into Silks...
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  • Thormbill on the Valentine post.
    A BIRD LOVER’S VALENTINE CARD
    When you have a large garden filled with birds there are lots of  opportunities to create photographic images for occasions such as Christmas and New Year.  So why not Valentine’s Day?  Admittedly I’ve been married over 40 years, but Rob is still my knight in shining armour....
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