• 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

  • Thornbill after a dip.
    THE CUTE AND CLEVER THORNBILLS
    I have obtained permission from my two ‘boss’  brown thornbills to write a  little  story about them and their relatives. We have a  resident group in our Blue Mountains garden. They are really small; about 10cm long. They weigh in at around 7 grammes apiece. My darling...
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History – latest article

  • Removing the face of the Sydney G.P.O. clock in 1942
    TICK TOCK – SYDNEY’S POST OFFICE CLOCK
    When the James Barnet designed  Sydney G.P.O clock Tower was constructed in the 1890s there was a drawn-out dispute over the type of bells to be installed. Should the choice be traditional, heavy bells, or would a lighter, tubular variety be safer? Traditional won, but some still...
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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

  • Juvenile male bowerbird visitng adult's bower for tutoring.
    STRANGE TWIST IN THE TALE OF MR BOWERBIRD.
    It has been a long courting season for the bowerbird in Blackheath’s Memorial Park.  I began monitoring his ‘boudoir’  in mid August 2018. Without doubt it was one of the most beautiful,  symmetrically arranged collections of blue treasures I had ever seen. WOOING IS A WEARYSOME BUSINESS...
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  • Male gang-gang cockatoo.
    GANG-GANGS; CLOWNS OF THE TREE TOPS.
    WELL HELLO AGAIN GANG-GANGS! After not seeing Gang-gang cockatoos in my Blue Mountains garden for several years I was delighted when  a lively group arrived a couple of weeks ago.  There were lured by the ripening seeds on my various wattle trees  (acacias). They have been returning...
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  • Whimsical posy of star jasmine
    STAR JASMINE
    WHAT A STAR! I have  the gentle climber Star Jasmine  (Trachelospermum jasminodes ) growing all around my garden (ten plants at last count). It is extremely hardy, and survives our Blue Mountains frosts and snowfalls without the slightest  problem.  In the photo below  it is tumbling down...
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  • Fundraising poster for Sydney University War Memorial Carillon
    HONOURING THE FALLEN; THE SYDNEY UNIVERSITY CARILLON
    In 1924, fundraising began for a carillon at Sydney University, to remember the undergraduates, graduates, and staff who died in World War One. When they hear the glorious peals of the carillon, young men will see visions and old men will dream dreams. Justice Street. The project was...
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