THE WOODHEAP

THE WOODHEAP

I love my woodheap. Perhaps it’s because I grew up in chilly Tasmania and now live in the Blue Mountains village of Blackheath (aka BLEAKHEATH). Oh that promise of cheerfulness and warmth. It is also a perfect sun trap on our property in autumn and winter. Despite

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THE LEVEN RIVER WHALE

When I was growing up in Ulverstone in the 1950s & 60s there was a house at the bottom of South Road with the large vertebra of a whale sitting on its verandah. It was one of those childhood curiosities I longed to know more about, but

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LEURA…ON A BAD DAY FOR BOB ESGATE & CO.

LEURA...ON A BAD DAY FOR BOB ESGATE & CO.

In the late 19th and early 20th century, Blue Mountains towns such as Leura and Katoomba were just as popular with tourists as they are today. Several coaching companies were kept busy ferrying visitors to guesthouses from the railway station and around the area’s beauty spots. One

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BREAKFAST AT SYDNEY’S INDUSTRY BEANS

BREAKFAST AT SYDNEY'S INDUSTRY BEANS

Industry Beans is a great little breakfast spot on Sydney’s York Street…..at number 40. If you are on the way to work you can grab a coffee and a bakery snack (or even a bag of their specialty coffee beans to take home). When there is time

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THE WHIP BIRD…WHAT A LITTLE CRACKER!

THE WHIP BIRD...WHAT A LITTLE CRACKER!

The penetrating call of the Australian native Eastern Whipbird is actually made by a pair of birds. The male gives the long ‘crack’ of the whip, to which the female responds with a funny little choo-choo noise. It’s a wonderful thing to hear. In the old days

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WENDY – ON WHEELS FROM DAY ONE!

WENDY - ON WHEELS FROM DAY ONE!

This is a guest post from my friend Wendy Moline. Wendy came across some old family photos of various motor vehicles, and I was enchanted by them. However, the first image is a very special drawing. In bygone days My first trip in motorised transport was in

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SILVER THEFTS FROM A SYDNEY MUSEUM

SILVER THEFTS FROM A SYDNEY MUSEUM

The forerunner of Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum was The Technological Museum, located in Harris Street Ultimo. Its purpose built home, completed in 1893, is now incorporated within the vast University of Technology campus. In 1921 there was a robbery at the museum, which went un-noticed for several weeks.

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APPLES….OH THE ANGST!

APPLES....OH THE ANGST!

Growing fruit in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales is a challenge, and apples are no exception. Oh dear, so much competition from the wildlife, including bush rats, possums, parrots and satin bowerbirds! I suspect a possum is the culprit in the following photo. Crimson rosella

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A.A. HIGGS, A SYDNEY BOOT SELLER

A.A. HIGGS, A SYDNEY BOOT SELLER

In the late 19th century Albert  Higgs established a profitable boot and shoe store in William Street, Darlinghurst. The location became known as Higgs’ Corner. Custom-made footwear drew wealthy city customers, while country folk could order from illustrated catalogues. The following advertisement appeared in The Catholic Press

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EDITOR DES AND THE SKINK FAMILY

EDITOR DES AND THE SKINK FAMILY

How beautiful Australia’s Eastern Water Skinks are, with their gorgeous, coppery colouring. My associate Editor Des has made friends with the family that live under our old cement terrace, here at Blackheath in the Blue Mountains. There are actually two branches of the same family, one in

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