O BAR AND DINING….HIGH ABOVE SYDNEY

O BAR AND DINING....HIGH ABOVE SYDNEY

Remember The Summit, that revolving restaurant towering above the city? It closed for renovations in 2012 and re-opened as O Bar & Dining. My partner Rob took me there recently for a significant birthday celebration. Due to the wretched Covid19 Rob and I hadn’t been to Sydney

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CUCKOO DOVE IN SEARCH OF SHELTER

CUCKOO DOVE IN SEARCH OF SHELTER

Honestly, it has been so damn wet in the Blue Mountains this summer, especially in Blackheath. Drip drip,drip, through the trees. It’s enough to drive you cuckoo….haha, that’s a joke because I am a cuckoo, a rather handsome brown one. 🤣 Well I’m more dove really…..defo not

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LIEUT. JOHN WATTS; AIDE-DE-CAMP & ARCHITECT

LIEUT. JOHN WATTS; AIDE-DE-CAMP & ARCHITECT

Mention the term  ’colonial architect’ in New South Wales and most people would respond with the name Francis Greenway. That is quite understandable, but let’s bring another deserving character out of the shadows. Who better to speak of John Cliffe  Watts’ ability and character than Elizabeth Macquarie?

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WHERE SHALL WE SPEND CHRISTMAS 2020? – BLACKHEATH!

WHERE SHALL WE SPEND CHRISTMAS 2020? - BLACKHEATH!

After tough times with bushfires in the Blue Mountains last year we locals may have dreamed of celebrating Christmas in some exciting, faraway spot in 2020. Well, it was not to be. Time to hunker down in our own little world! 😍 DECK THE HALLS…. Who needs

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CHRISTMAS IN ULVERSTONE HOSPITAL

CHRISTMAS IN ULVERSTONE HOSPITAL

The thing I remember most about the Ulverstone Hospital is taking eggs to school in the 1950s for their annual Egg Appeal. Each was wrapped in newspaper by my mother and packed into an empty Weetbix box. I was fascinated to read a report in The Advocate

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NO HEART OF STONE FOR GENEROUS ARTIST PETRA

NO HEART OF STONE FOR GENEROUS ARTIST PETRA

Recently, Petra Manos posted a photo on an Australian birds FB group I belong to. It completely enchanted the members (including me), especially when Petra shared the story behind her artwork. She generously agreed to write this guest post. PETRA’S STORY I started in August 2020, when

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CONFLICTED OVER CHRISTMAS CARDS

CONFLICTED OVER  CHRISTMAS  CARDS

So this year I made the difficult decision not to send Christmas cards, especially to people I already interact with regularly such as close friends, neighbours and my social media connections. I have been intending to do this for a while, but in the past my resolve

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A RED DRAGON IN THE GARDEN – PERSICARIA

A RED DRAGON IN THE GARDEN - PERSICARIA

Some of the small, immature leaves at the bottom of the stems are quite beautiful. Providing shade and a little cover for birds around the birdbaths. It is very dangerous to let a dragon run amok in your garden, and I must say that this is definitely

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THE VERY BEST SWEETS, INCLUDING AN AUSSIE HERO

THE VERY BEST SWEETS, INCLUDING  AN AUSSIE HERO

When my husband Rob and I were living in England we used to buy boxes of special fudge, made by The Toffee Shop at Penrith, in the Lake District. We actually bought it at Fortnum and Mason in London. It was packaged for the charity The Princes

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FREEDOM OF INFORMATION – A JOURNEY TO WINNIE!

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION - A JOURNEY TO WINNIE!

While researching my Tasmanian 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 after attacking her mother with a knife. Winnie and her

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