Blue Mountains – latest article

  • EVERGLADES HOUSE - AN ART DECO GEM
    EVERGLADES HOUSE – AN ART DECO GEM
    On a recent (very rare) sunny day here in the Blue Mountains, my partner Rob and I visited the recently restored Everglades House at Leura. I had read  a feature about it  in the January 2024 National Trust magazine. Even though we live nearby at Blackheath, it...
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History – latest article

  • ULVERSTONE HOSPITAL'S SPECIAL PATIENT
    ULVERSTONE HOSPITAL’S SPECIAL PATIENT
    For many years the Ulverstone Hospital, on the north west coast of Tasmania, was located on the corner of Victoria and Patrick Street. It was  not far from my grandmother’s flat in Victoria Street.   In the early hours of July 14 1954 Nurse N. Pearce discovered...
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Humour – latest article

  • VITA-WEAT - NOW WITHOUT  'WORMS'
    VITA-WEAT – NOW WITHOUT ‘WORMS’
    Vita-Weat biscuits were introduced  in Australia in 1932, by the UK company Peek Frean’s.  For many years the factory was located in the Sydney suburb of Ashfield. The factory moved into its striking, art-deco building in 1937.  A clock tower (shown in the above photo) was a...
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Travel – latest article

  • WOOLLOOMOOLOO.....FULL CIRCLE
    WOOLLOOMOOLOO…..FULL CIRCLE
    First up, a silly riddle about Woolloomooloo by C.J. Dennis; Yes, that’s eight o’s. 😛 It’s a small jump to the puzzle of which Aussie icon rhymes with Woolloomooloo. WOOLLOOMOOLOO – affectionately dubbed ‘the Loo’. It once had a reputation as a rough and ready sort of...
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Latest Blog Posts

  • THE CHOCOLATE QUEEN OF SYDNEY
    THE CHOCOLATE QUEEN OF SYDNEY
    One of the  now forgotten, long term chocolate makers  of Sydney was Hilda Gurr (nee Bell) and her husband Arthur. The couple’s enterprise began in the 1930s,  when Arthur was seriously injured in a car accident and had to  find a way of making a living without...
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  • BUTTER MADE EVEN BETTER.  🧈
    BUTTER MADE EVEN BETTER. 🧈
    Butter is one of the joys of life in my opinion. Mind you, I’m a dairy  farmer’s daughter, so that’s hardly a surprise.  But..er, 😎  can this age old, natural product be improved upon?   YES IT CAN! COMPOUND BUTTER     Compound butter is simply butter incorporated...
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  • Golden Crumpets
    Golden Crumpets
    With the arrival of winter  here in the Blue Mountains I bought a packet of Golden Crumpets.  My partner Rob and I both commented that it was exactly the same red and gold packet we remembered from our  1950s Tasmanian childhoods. It also had that unusually soft...
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  • Ernest Renault - A Difficult Life.
    Ernest Renault – A Difficult Life.
    BEFORE READING  THIS ARTICLE IT IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE  READ PART ONE OF ERNEST’S STORY. In 1937  twenty year old Ernest Renault from Launceston became the  world champion banana eater. Yes…strange, but true. 😎 After a difficult childhood  there was  a brief period when the possibilities of...
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