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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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EXIT ONE EGGSHELL – THE WONDER OF WONGAS!

EXIT ONE EGGSHELL - THE WONDER OF WONGAS!

Who would have thought than an eggshell could provide such joy and excitement during one of the worst weather events in living memory? As readers of my bird blogs know, I have been photographing and writing about our resident Wonga pigeons for a number of years. Over

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LANDSCAPING – THE RAIN WINS IN A KNOCKOUT!

LANDSCAPING - THE RAIN WINS IN A KNOCKOUT!

Landscaping is on the agenda here in Blackheath. Our new house in the Blue Mountains has been built within an established garden, on a similar footprint to the old, now demolished cottage. Nevertheless, new entrance steps and an added vehicle awning have meant that some mature plants

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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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MUESLI FOR THE BIRDS

MUESLI FOR THE BIRDS

We have a strict policy against artificial bird feeding at our Blue Mountains property, well apart from providing fresh water. There is an abundance of nectar, seeds and insects to satisfy the countless species that visit us. Half of our large garden is planted with Australian natives,

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THE WONGA NURSERY, A WONDER OF NATURE

THE WONGA NURSERY, A  WONDER OF NATURE

I have to confess that I am a bit obsessed with our native Wonga pigeons. They are so gentle and engaging. They wander around the garden paths in my Blue Mountains garden every day, just as I do myself. Our long term, resident pair nest high in

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WENDY – ON WHEELS FROM DAY ONE!

WENDY - ON WHEELS FROM DAY ONE!

This is a guest post from my friend Wendy Moline. Wendy came across some old family photos of various motor vehicles, and I was enchanted by them. However, the first image is a very special drawing. In bygone days My first trip in motorised transport was in

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LET’S TALK ABOUT…. THE BANDICOOT!

LET'S TALK ABOUT.... THE BANDICOOT!

I once attended a dinner party in the UK where the main topic of conversation was how to deal with moles wrecking lawns. The equivalent in Australia would have to be the sweet bandicoot, though his pointy snout leaves a conical hole rather than a molehill. He

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ME AT 21, BY EDITOR DES

ME AT 21, BY EDITOR DES

Hello Peeps! I found this little poem about….well it’s about me. I thought it summed me up perfectly on the auspicious occasion of my 21st birthday. As to the ‘either end’ bit, well I do spend quite a bit of time with my bottom in the air.

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