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DANGER AT FORT X

DANGER  AT FORT X

Hello, I am very lucky to be alive and able to tell this story. The full details have never been revealed before. You are reading what is known in my profession as  A SCOOP! Well down in the corner of our garden  in the Blue Mountains there

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MRS EDNA WOOD – A LIFE STORY

MRS EDNA WOOD - A LIFE STORY

Mrs Edna Wood came into our lives several years ago, after an acacia tree was felled.  Right from the outset she had a penchant for hats, especially with extravagant floral trimmings.  We live in the beautiful Blue Mountains, where rhododendrons and camellias provided her with an unlimited

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OH THE NOSTALGIA! – FIFTIES HEAVEN AT KATOOMBA

OH THE NOSTALGIA! - FIFTIES HEAVEN AT KATOOMBA

WELL HELLO AUNTY JACK! The Blue Mountains town of Katoomba has always been a bit retro, so what better place to open a 1950’s  themed restaurant/café?   Aunty Jacks in Katoomba Street is sheer bliss for Baby Boomers  like me, who grew up playing the juke box

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THE WHITE MAGNOLIA TREE

THE WHITE MAGNOLIA TREE

Magnolias were named for Pierre Magnol, a director of the French Botanic Gardens, during the eighteenth century. The American magnolia, Magnolia grandiflora or Bull Bay magnolia is native to the balmy Southern states and the Gulf of Mexico. It is an evergreen, and flowers in early summer.

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Hello Possums!

Hello Possums!

    ‘Hello Possums!’   has long been Dame Edna Everidge’s affectionate greeting to her audience. They are definitely very cute….in their place!   Once  my husband and I awoke  before dawn to the tinkling of glassware and thought a burglar  was making off with our crystal goblets. We

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BY GUM, IT’S CHRISTMAS!

BY GUM, IT'S CHRISTMAS!

One Christmas when I was a child my father brought home a gum bough as an alternative to the traditional pine tree. We all loved it, especially the scent of eucalyptus through the house. My mother was delighted to have  a break from falling pine needles. Since

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THE SHYEST LILY

THE SHYEST LILY

Below is a photo taken in 1933, during the Great Depression. It is a Christmas lily farm at Pennant Hills, in New South wales. The farm produced 100,000 cut flowers for the  Australian florist trade that year.     It seems that Christmas lilies are no longer

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The Love of Lavender

The Love of Lavender

  I’ve always loved lavender. When I was a child  in Tasmania we used to buy quaint cardboard dolls with muslin aprons full of dried English lavender. My mother didn’t grow it as far as I remember, but the island state  is home to the  remarkable Bridestowe 

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A MAGICAL FAMILY ‘FARAWAY’ TREE

A  MAGICAL FAMILY  'FARAWAY' TREE

 THE LUCERNE TREE One of my favourite  childhood books  was The Magic Faraway tree, by Enid Blyton. It actually belonged to my sister. Who could not be enchanted by The Saucepan Man, Mr  Moonface, Mrs Washalot et al.                   The

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MASTERS OF DISGUISE – THE FROGMOUTHS

MASTERS OF DISGUISE - THE FROGMOUTHS

FROGMOUTHS HIDE IN PLAIN SIGHT Can any bird or animal camoflague  itself as successfully as the Australian  Tawny Frogmouth? They are truly astonishing. The only way I can find them in my garden  is to look for  splashes of their droppings below mature eucalypts . None of

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