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WORDS ON AUSTRALIAN BIRDS

WORDS ON AUSTRALIAN BIRDS

 RASH WORDS ON BIRDS! I once made a somewhat provocative statement on social media declaring Australia’s Foster Clarks custard powder to be superior to the UK  Bird’s brand.   It was absolutely true, but see that flag on the British product?  I should have known I was

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UP THE GARDEN PATH

UP THE  GARDEN PATH

You can never have too many paths within a garden, either. I love to have them  winding everywhere.  If my husband says I should get rid of one for some pragmatic reason I say ….. definitely not!  Edna Walling, the Australian garden designer, once said that if your paths are

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BOWERBIRDS FACE BIG CHANGES!

BOWERBIRDS FACE BIG CHANGES!

  I have a great fascination for  social history, and for our native, satin bowerbirds.  Yes, there is a strong link between the two.  When the adult blue/black  male bowerbirds  or the green juvenile ‘apprentices’ build their bowers they decorate them with anything blue they can find.

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LES MURRAY; COWSHEDS AND CONCRETE

LES MURRAY; COWSHEDS AND CONCRETE

As a Baby Boomer I grew up with little exposure to Australian literature.  It was all English boarding school stories,  Enid Blyton and Charles Dickens. My early knowledge of poets was limited to those represented in a primary school textbook, Poems for Pleasure; Blake, Longfellow, Wordsworth, Coleridge

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Crimson Rosellas – Sweet Thieves

Crimson Rosellas - Sweet Thieves

      CRIMSON ROSELLAS   Crimson rosellas are a joy to behold. Many of the trees and shrubs in my  Blue Mountains garden have been planted with these beautiful birds in mind. Top of the list? The native correas. The photo below shows that my efforts are

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THE WHITE HEADED PIGEONS

THE WHITE HEADED PIGEONS

My first encounter with an Australian White Headed Pigeon was rather disconcerting. There is a skylight over my bed and I woke one morning to find one peering  down at me. They are often  called Baldy Pigeons, which seems  rather unkind.   Since then I have become

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WINTER WALK IN BLACKHEATH

WINTER WALK IN BLACKHEATH

  There is a reason why the Blue Mountains village of  Blackheath is affectionately dubbed Bleakheath. Recently someone (not mentioning any names, Kim) asked me to write a winter post. So here it is. My husband often has to venture out with the kettle to defrost the bird

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James Leslie; Blackheath Benefactor.

James Leslie; Blackheath Benefactor.

For many years a retired grazier  from Forbes, Mr James Smart Leslie, had a home in the Blue Mountains at Blackheath. He named it Balquhain, after an ancestral property in Scotland. When WWI broke out, Mr Leslie and his wife Elizabeth (Betsy) were anxious to help. ‘I

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LICHENS; NATURE’S ART

LICHENS; NATURE'S ART

Here in the upper Blue Mountains we have an amazing variety of lichens. I suppose it’s because we get a lot of mist and rain. Tree trunks, stumps, rocks, fences….they are all magically  transformed.     Below is a variety of lichen on an ornamental cherry tree.

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QUIET PLEASE, WRITER IN RESIDENCE!

QUIET PLEASE, WRITER IN RESIDENCE!

Recently a huge row broke out on a writers’ group when someone complained that people around her in a café were being too loud,   But surely a café is primarily for social interaction rather than as a solo writer’s workplace?  Admittedly I am an old lady

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