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Cinnamon Bells; a Strange Little Australian Orchid

Cinnamon Bells; a Strange Little Australian Orchid

I have a very strange orchid in my Blue Mountains garden. Its botanical name is Gastrodia sesamoides. This  leafless, Australian native has been dubbed the Potato Orchid, as the tubers the plants grow from were  roasted and eaten by Aborigines (particularly the Wurundjeri  people of central Victoria).  They

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MR ALBERT M. PUDDING TURNS 100

MR ALBERT  M. PUDDING TURNS 100

‘EAT AWAY, CHEW AWAY, MUNCH AND BOLT AND GUZZLE, NEVER LEAVE THE TABLE TILL YOU’RE FULL UP TO THE MUZZLE.’ by A. Pudding   What a genius and a national treasure  Norman Lindsay was…and is. He lives on through his work, and for generations of Australian children

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Oh For An Aussie Christmas Tree

Oh For An Aussie Christmas Tree

It has taken over 200 years for we Aussies to start shifting away from a European style Christmas, with its heavy roast dinners and plum puddings.  Mind you, there was a push for something more suitable leading up to  Federation, when our  national spirit was on the rise.

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THE GRAVEL PIT PLAYGROUND

THE GRAVEL PIT PLAYGROUND

  There was a large gravel pit on the dairy farm I grew up on outside Ulverstone, in north west Tasmania.  I don’t think the income from it was huge, but it  must have been a big help to my parents when they bought the property in

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THE LOVE OF LIBRARIES

THE LOVE OF LIBRARIES

‘I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.’ Eleanor Roosevelt.  Dorothy Parker was certainly correct in her quote about curiosity, and thank goodness for that.   Such wise

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ROSE FOLLY

ROSE FOLLY

Sometimes you see another person’s  garden and think, ‘Oh my word, I think I’ll rip all my stuff out and create something like this …well try to anyway.’ This is how I feel about Helen Chadwick’s garden, just up the road from me.  It is a little piece

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MILLY’S GARDEN VISIT IN BLACKHEATH

MILLY'S GARDEN VISIT IN BLACKHEATH

‘Could we please go somewhere without  Des, Pauline?’  This  pathetic plea came from Milly, who lives in the shade of her famous boyfriend, Editor Des. ‘Well of course we can Darling’, I said. I decided she might enjoy a walk to Campbell Rhododendron Garden in our  Blue

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LUKE’S LEMONADE STAND

LUKE'S LEMONADE STAND

Hello, Editor Des here, Well I was walking up to the Blackheath Rhododendron Festival  today when I spotted  one of my neighbours selling home made lemonade. It was opposite the swimming pool in Memorial Park. Actually Fergus was minding the shop while  the prop, propri…the owner Luke popped

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EDITOR DES ON A NATURE RAMBLE

EDITOR DES ON A NATURE  RAMBLE

Hello, Editor Des here. Well it’s springtime where I live in the Blue Mountains. All the flowers are out and the  birds start  singing so early  they wake me up while I’m still dreamin’. I thought it might be a nice time to go on a little

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LAUREL’S LITHODORA

LAUREL'S  LITHODORA

Like most people, I have a  garden full of plants given to me by friends and neighbours.  They are all very special. Some years ago I went on an outing to the home of Laurel Phillips, a life-member of our local garden club at Blackheath, in the

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