Blue Mountains – latest article

  • WONGA PARENTS - CHANGE OF SHIFT
    WONGA PARENTS – CHANGE OF SHIFT
    So our resident Wongas are raising yet another set of twins. They were sitting on eggs all through the March ‘big wet’ here in the Blue Mountains. The chicks need constant care and it’s time for Mr Wonga to take over the afternoon shift. His partner has...
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History – latest article

  • CURATOR KREFFT OUT THE DOOR!
    CURATOR KREFFT OUT THE DOOR!
    My partner and I were wandering through Sydney’s newly renovated Australian Museum recently, enjoying all the natural history treasures on display. I hardly gave the Victorian armchair pictured below a second glance until I overheard a staff member explaining it’s significance to another visitor. Oh my word,...
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Humour – latest article

  • THE LITTLE BLACKHEATH LIBRARY THAT GREW
    THE LITTLE BLACKHEATH LIBRARY THAT GREW
    I was charmed to come across this little street library outside the old Presbyterian Church Hall in Wentworth Street. The first time I saw it there were even little prayer books inside. I was touched, because the church itself (next door) is struggling with a dwindling congregation....
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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

  • THE LEVEN RIVER WHALE
    THE LEVEN RIVER WHALE
    When I was growing up in Ulverstone in the 1950s & 60s there was a house at the bottom of South Road with the large vertebra of a whale sitting on its verandah. It was one of those childhood curiosities I longed to know more about, but...
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  • LEURA...ON A BAD DAY FOR BOB ESGATE & CO.
    LEURA…ON A BAD DAY FOR BOB ESGATE & CO.
    In the late 19th and early 20th century, Blue Mountains towns such as Leura and Katoomba were just as popular with tourists as they are today. Several coaching companies were kept busy ferrying visitors to guesthouses from the railway station and around the area’s beauty spots. One...
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  • BREAKFAST AT SYDNEY'S INDUSTRY BEANS
    BREAKFAST AT SYDNEY’S INDUSTRY BEANS
    Industry Beans is a great little breakfast spot on Sydney’s York Street…..at number 40. If you are on the way to work you can grab a coffee and a bakery snack (or even a bag of their specialty coffee beans to take home). When there is time...
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  • THE WHIP BIRD...WHAT A LITTLE CRACKER!
    THE WHIP BIRD…WHAT A LITTLE CRACKER!
    The penetrating call of the Australian native Eastern Whipbird is actually made by a pair of birds. The male gives the long ‘crack’ of the whip, to which the female responds with a funny little choo-choo noise. It’s a wonderful thing to hear. In the old days...
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