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WRENS & ROBINS AT THE WOOD STACK

WRENS & ROBINS AT THE WOOD STACK

My favourite spot during this Covid lockdown winter has been our ‘sun trap’ wood stack at Blackheath in the Blue Mountains. Here I happily saw and split logs and enjoy the company of birds. Friends tell me I should get my husband Rob to do the work,

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THE ‘WALLABY DRIVE’ ROBBERY

THE 'WALLABY DRIVE' ROBBERY

The poor old wallaby was considered a huge pest in the old days. Any call to protect native animals was immediately cried down by farmers; The following image is from Town and Country Journal in 1906. Even youngsters went out with guns, a bit like my bother

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DEATH AT ANTHONY HORDERN’S

DEATH AT ANTHONY HORDERN'S

Stella and Reginald Harrison were married at Hawthorn, Victoria in May 1934. However, married life for the couple began in Sydney, where Reginald had been appointed Manager of the Mansion House Private Hotel in Elizabeth Street. The only shadow on their happiness was that in July Stella,

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ORPEN’S ‘SOWING NEW SEED’ ….OF PROTEST!

ORPEN'S 'SOWING NEW SEED' ....OF PROTEST!

If you visit the Mildura Arts Centre you will see this striking painting by Irish born artist William Orpen. The inspiration behind the c.1913 painting is fascinating. At that time in Ireland, government grants for art and education came from Whitehall under the direction of the Irish

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THE WOODHEAP

THE WOODHEAP

I love my woodheap. Perhaps it’s because I grew up in chilly Tasmania and now live in the Blue Mountains village of Blackheath (aka BLEAKHEATH). Oh that promise of cheerfulness and warmth. It is also a perfect sun trap on our property in autumn and winter. Despite

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THE LEVEN RIVER WHALE CAPTURED IN 1874

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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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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