OUR PORRIDGE HAS TO BE PERFECT!

OUR PORRIDGE HAS TO BE PERFECT!

A story from Editor Des of Blackheath, Blue Mountains….formerly from China. Hello, well bears famously know quite a lot about porridge, and I am no exception. However, at our house I defer to Dr Bob. He is what some people (possibly called Pauline) might view as an

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‘GONE TO GOWINGS’ ……BAR AND GRILL, SYDNEY

'GONE TO GOWINGS' ......BAR AND GRILL, SYDNEY

Remember the old Gowings Department store in Sydney? And their catchphrase, ‘GONE TO GOWINGS’ ? It was the place to go for rural chaps in town for the Easter Show. Sadly, the store closed a good while back, much to my disappointment. I loved the eccentricity of

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THE WOOD DUCK QUADS

THE WOOD DUCK QUADS

Most Aussie wood duck couples produce very large broods. There are often a dozen or more chicks, but a local pair here in Blackheath have ended up with just four. I really don’t like to think what happened to the rest. The F word comes to mind,

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THE DILEMMA OF TOXIC COMMUNITY SITES

THE DILEMMA OF TOXIC COMMUNITY SITES

It’s such a wonderful idea don’t you agree? Set up a community site where residents can seek and give advice, promote local events and businesses, support each other in times of crisis. Fantasic! Thousands of people join, but before long the trolls take over; those who simply

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A GRATEFUL BLUE MOUNTAINS COMMUNITY

We at Blackheath heaved a collective sigh of relief after the worst of the bushfire threat passed. A community afternoon tea was organized to express appreciation for the Rural Fire Service and all the other service groups who rally during these disasters. Yes, the damage to our

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FIRE! – DOES WHAT I PACK DEFINE ME?

FIRE! -  DOES WHAT  I PACK DEFINE  ME?

I was reluctant to even consider that my partner Rob and I may have to evacuate during the Christmas bush fire at Blackheath. However, in the end there were burnt leaves and bits of charcoal flying everywhere. We were determined to stay and defend our new home,

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WANDERING UP TO BLACKHEATH VILLAGE IN THE HEATWAVE

WANDERING  UP  TO BLACKHEATH VILLAGE IN THE HEATWAVE

Time to be out and about now the fire risk has subsided. My own garden is a disaster, with only the natives and hydrangeas holding up. But how is everything else going in this awful heatwave I wonder? Well, to my great surprise an ibis has taken

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CRISIS CHRISTMAS 2019

CRISIS CHRISTMAS 2019

And so Christmas in the Blue Mountains village of Blackheath has come to an end. The saddest, happiest, strangest and scariest festive season I’ve experienced in the twenty years we have lived here. In mid December my husband Rob and I attended a delightful nativity play at

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MOUNT TOMAH BOTANIC GARDENS – HELD IN OUR HEARTS

MOUNT TOMAH BOTANIC GARDENS -  HELD IN OUR HEARTS

Here in the Blue Mountains we have a powerful emotional attachment to the glorious Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens. I remember how surprised I was when the entry fee was removed. How often does that happen anywhere? It’s not the issue of saving a few dollars that delights

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DECK THE BOUGHS….LEURA CHIC v OLD SCHOOL BLACKHEATH

DECK THE BOUGHS....LEURA CHIC v OLD SCHOOL BLACKHEATH

Here in the Blue Mountains the boughs of Leura’s main street avenue of cherry trees have been decorated for Christmas in a unique manner. Admittedly the seasonal creations have created some controversy, but I love them. They seem to suit Leura’s trendy, boutique shops and are quirky

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