Blue Mountains – latest article

  • POOR LITTLE PARROT!
    POOR LITTLE PARROT!
    Max the parrot’s life could have ended before it really got going. We drove into our Blue Mountains property a couple of weeks ago and almost skittled him. He was nibbling on an acorn, completely oblivious to any danger. I had to hop out and shoo him...
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History – latest article

  • STELLA MARKS'  PORTRAIT OF EDITH CAVELL
    STELLA MARKS’ PORTRAIT OF EDITH CAVELL
    First, a little background. In 1931, art collector George Garnett presented prominent Hobart surgeon Dr. Victor Ratten with a gift, in thanks for saving the life of his young daughter. Appropriately, the gift was a large oil painting of the British nurse Edith Cavell. Nurse Cavell was...
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Humour – latest article

  • Milk Arrowroot Advertisement
    ARNOTT’S MILK ARROWROOT BISCUITS- BEST FOR BABY?
    In the late 19th and early 20th century, Arnotts sought testimonials from people feeding their little ones on milk arrowroot biscuits. The possibility that an image of their child might be chosen to illustrate an advertisement was irresistible. The company was soon swamped by photos and letters...
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Travel – latest article

  • A PLACE CALLED WHAT?
    A PLACE CALLED WHAT?
     Lost in a Labyrinth of Consonants It’ fun showing of your pics when you return from foreign parts. The only problem is pronouncing the name of the places you captured in those fabulous shots! There’s no problem if you’re showing them to cousin Frank, who lives in...
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Latest Blog Posts

  • Princess the friendly'guard dog' of Blackheath
    THE PRINCESS OF BLACKHEATH
    The Blue Mountains village of Blackheath has a new attraction. Her name is Princess, and she spends much of her time at the newly extended Blackheath Interiors and Homewares, in Govetts Leap Road. She’s a border collie cross. I’m not sure what the cross bit is, but...
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  • DUNLOP VOLLEYS....JUST GREAT MATE.
    DUNLOP VOLLEYS….JUST GREAT MATE.
    Losing one’s footing on tennis courts has always been a problem, especially on grass. On one occasion at Wimbledon, leading Australian player Alfred Dunlop was forced to take drastic action; Evening Star, Wednesday 24 June 1914; Dunlop lost the first set owing to the slippery ground and...
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  • AUTUMN ROMANCE FOR THE SATIN BOWERBIRD
    AUTUMN ROMANCE FOR THE SATIN BOWERBIRD
    It’s almost the end of May, and the village of Blackheath in the Blue Mountains is looking its best. Tourists are enjoying the colourful foliage in Wentworth Street. Even the shaded little maple tree growing above the satin bowerbird’s lair is changing colour. What a fantastic location...
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  • Dr Des in sugery
    A HOPLESS FROG IN MY GARDEN!
    In 1984 my darling mother Myra was suffering from the ovarian cancer that took her life.  While I  was visiting her in Tasmania I noticed a  cheeky little frog on her bedside table. ‘He cheers me up’, she said.  I could see why; he was adorable. Froggy...
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