INSECT HOTEL – ROOM AT THE BLACKHEATH INN

INSECT HOTEL - ROOM AT THE  BLACKHEATH INN

In the spirit of increasing biodiversity, my partner and I bought a little insect hotel for our Blue Mountains garden. Perfectionist owner-builder Rob decided to seal the back panel with Bondcrete and add a waterproof membrane to the pitched roof. Well, we do get a lot of

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RIP ABC’s 7.45 NEWS BULLETIN

RIP ABC's 7.45 NEWS BULLETIN

Times change and today, September 21 2020, the final 7.45am news bulletin will be heard on the ABC. A SAD DAY……… Growing up in rural Tasmania during the 1950s, the 7.45am ABC news bulletin was the signal for me and my siblings to set off down our

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WONGA WATCHING…..TWINS!

WONGA  WATCHING.....TWINS!

It’s such a privilege to be involved in the life of baby birds. A pair of native Wonga pigeons have been providing my husband Rob and I with this delightful opportunity over a number of years. They live in our Blue Mountains garden, and are as much

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A DREAM DINNER PARTY

A DREAM DINNER PARTY

Daydreaming in our pandemic iso-world is a national pastime. Here is an imagined dinner, hosted by myself and my partner Rob in our new house at Blackheath, in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. There are four courses (well sort of), and four dinner guests from

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THE SNOW STORM WONGAS

THE SNOW STORM WONGAS

Deciding to produce chicks in mid winter was never going to be a good idea. However, our resident Wonga pair would not be dissuaded. We invariably get snow here in the upper Blue Mountains and sure enough, down it came in mid August. The eggs had only

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WATTLE DAY FOR AUSTRALIA DAY?

WATTLE DAY FOR AUSTRALIA DAY?

I recently posted a photo of a silver wattle on our Blue Mountains Community Facebook page. At the time I suggested that Wattle Day, now held on September 1, might be the answer to the vexed question of celebrating Australia Day on January 26. An increasing number

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SEASONAL CONFUSION AT BLACKHEATH

SEASONAL CONFUSION AT BLACKHEATH

The native Wonga pigeons here at The Gums in Blackheath have already produced two chicks over winter. The third nesting failed due to that three day rain event in July, but they are discussing whether to try again. Unbelievable! Amid all the Covid-19 angst we humans are

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CIRQUE DU DUCK….AUDITION TIME

CIRQUE DU DUCK....AUDITION TIME

The fellow below turned up after the curtain came down the other day and said he wanted to try out for the show. ‘I can balance on the railing‘, he said, and hopped up. Well even I could do that if I had feet like yours, I

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THE AVALON AT KATOOMBA- VINTAGE FUN & GOOD FOOD

THE AVALON AT KATOOMBA- VINTAGE FUN & GOOD FOOD

The Avalon Restaurant and Cocktail Bar at Katoomba is housed in the old Savoy Theatre (constructed 1936). The venue is full of vintage memorabilia. What a sense of fun there is here. It has a definite Alice-in-Wonderland quality. Upstairs is the dining room. For a sense of

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DESIGN! THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE…… VERY BAD!

DESIGN! THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE...... VERY BAD!

I have been thinking about design lately, purely as a layperson you understand Let’s start with the good. How perfect is this little hotel shower cap? It so satisfyingly springs open? Who came up with the idea I wonder? It deserves a Nobel prize. But here alas

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