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F.O.I. – HILARIOUS HICCUP IN MY SEARCH RE WINNIE SINGLETON

F.O.I. -  HILARIOUS HICCUP IN MY SEARCH RE WINNIE SINGLETON

While researching my family history I discovered that my great-uncle Arthur’s daughter Winifred (Winnie) Singleton died in 1937 at Victoria’s Sunbury Asylum, aged 19. I also came across a sad story that she had been admitted there after attacking her mother with a knife. Winnie had been

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JOHN OSBORNE, TASMANIA’S ‘MR PINEAPPLE’

JOHN OSBORNE, TASMANIA'S  'MR PINEAPPLE'

In 1938 the Tasmanian newspaper The Mercury published the following, circa 1840s portrait of Mr John Osborne, one of the State’s pioneering horticulturalists. It’s impossible to make out from the reproduction, but he is holding….a pineapple! Osborne was born in Staffordshire England, on Christmas Day 1804. He

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DELICATE DIANELLA – A VERSATILE AUSSIE NATIVE

DELICATE DIANELLA - A VERSATILE AUSSIE NATIVE

I so love picking flowers in my Blackheath garden, but I rather regret gathering native dianella from the woodland areas. It looks so much better ‘en place’. The name of course derives from Diana, goddess of the woods. Its tiny blue flowers are quite complex, with their

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TINY TREASURES IN BLACKHEATH’S OLD TYTHE BARN

TINY TREASURES IN BLACKHEATH'S OLD TYTHE BARN

Up by the railway station in the Blue Mountains village of Blackheath is the sweetest, most delightfully idiosyncratic gift and hobby shop imaginable…. the Old Tythe Barn. If that name conjures an image of a vast agricultural building (it did for me), then you are in for

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DRIVING LICENCE DREAD

DRIVING LICENCE DREAD

We all dislike our driving licence photo don’t we? I look like a terrified, but hard core criminal in mine. No, I am not going to display it here. Why on earth aren’t we allowed to smile in these photographs? Just a shadow of a grin would

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A MEMOIR OF FALL IN RHODE ISLAND

A MEMOIR OF FALL IN RHODE ISLAND

This is a short guest post from my New England friend Jeanne Verity. She writes so beautifully about the United States I dreamed of as a child in 1950’s Tasmania. Aah, America, here was a place where autumn was ‘fall’ and where ripening pumpkins heralded Halloween, a

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CURRAWONG CASHES IN ON CICADA SEASON

CURRAWONG CASHES IN ON CICADA SEASON

MID AUGUST 2020 – I was creating a new garden bed recently when I spotted a currawong gathering roots for its nest. A yellow robin on the look-out for worms was watching on with a wary eye. The currawong nest was constructed high in a eucalypt (local

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GOODBYE TO MR WHEELER – A FINE OLD CAMELLIA

GOODBYE TO MR WHEELER - A FINE OLD CAMELLIA

The Camellia japonica R.T. Wheeler is very hardy and produces enormous, variegated blooms. I have picked so many to fill various containers So why on earth would I want to banish it? Well, in my Blackheath garden the camellia was growing between two red blooming trees, just

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HOUNSLOW AT BLACKHEATH

HOUNSLOW AT BLACKHEATH

When it was announced that there was to be a new cafe in the Collier Arcade at Blackheath my associate Editor Des and I were very excited. We love to do a little writing over a working lunch. It’s a lot quieter in the arcade than out

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HOW TO DISAPPEAR IN SYDNEY

HOW TO DISAPPEAR IN SYDNEY

Hello Peeps, well I had a Covid escape to Sydney from Blackheath last week. Cities are very strange places, did you know that? You could disappear from one completely in the proverbial puff of smoke, or something even more peculiar! Well I was watching a man with

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