EDITOR DES LEAVES LOCK-DOWN

EDITOR DES LEAVES LOCK-DOWN

Hello, Desmond Conolly here. I’m off to old Sydney town at last! Yay, lock-down has been such a challenge! Mind you, right from the start I knew the trip would be difficult for someone with an independent spirit comme moi. And wow, was I right! At Medlow

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EDITOR DES, BLACKHEATH’S DUMPLING MAKER!

EDITOR DES,  BLACKHEATH'S DUMPLING MAKER!

Well during this creepy Covid-19 crisis my guardian Pauline Conolly has been using a funny little dumpling recipe. She heard about it on ‘Aunty’ ABC radio. It’s just self-raising flour and soap, sorry soup (tee hee, my little joke)….yes, that’s it, very simple. I said even I

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TAKE A CAN OF (AUSSIE) PUMPKIN SOUP….

TAKE A CAN OF (AUSSIE) PUMPKIN SOUP....

I am a latecomer to what has become known as iso-baking. However, I was listening to late night ABC radio recently when an elderly lady called in with an extraordinary recipe for pumpkin scones. ‘Just two ingredients‘. she said. Wow, it sounded so simple even I decided

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A DEEPENING WONGA MYSTERY

A DEEPENING WONGA MYSTERY

Our resident Wongas here in the Blue Mountains are acting so bizarrely. These monogamous, Australian native birds usually nest in summer, from October until January. They have a clutch of two white eggs, in a rough, twig nest built high in a tree. However, this year they

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WONGAS….THE NEW PARENTS

WONGAS....THE NEW PARENTS

So for the first time, our resident Wonga couple have left their chick June in a ground nursery and enjoyed a little outing together. They can’t stay away too long, because June needs regular feeds of ‘milk’. I was amused to see Mrs Wonga taking time out

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BLACKHEATH POND – STILL A LOCAL DISGRACE!

BLACKHEATH POND -  STILL A LOCAL DISGRACE!

I’m usually writing positive, upbeat stories about Blackheath, so this is pretty disappointing. What a ghastly mess the pond at Soldiers’ Memorial Park is. We have had plenty of rain recently, but the level keeps dropping every day. Is it leaking? This wood duck thinks is less

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LEAP OF FAITH – VENTURING OUT IN THE PANDEMIC

LEAP OF FAITH - VENTURING OUT IN THE PANDEMIC

First trip to Sydney on the train for a very long time. I was a bit nervous, especially re social distancing on the train as I’m immune-suppressed. Only medical checkups for my partner Rob and I had prompted the journey, but it still felt like a little

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GEMS OF GRAMMATICAL ERRORS

GEMS OF GRAMMATICAL ERRORS

Let me admit at the outset that my grasp of grammar and spelling are, (sorry is), not perfect. My saving grace is that I usually know if something looks wrong. On the downside, the older I get, the more I seem to lose confidence in whether a

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LONG LIVE THE BLUE MOUNTAINS GAZETTE

LONG LIVE THE BLUE MOUNTAINS GAZETTE

Local papers are under serious threat. Lack of advertising and competition from alternative news sources are taking their toll. The local rag where I live is the Blue Mountains Gazette, a free publication delivered to every home. This infuriates people who don’t want to read it, but

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BREAKFAST FOR BABES IN THE BIRD WORLD

BREAKFAST FOR BABES IN THE BIRD WORLD

It’s a great privilege to watch baby birds being fed. Wonga pigeons feed their chicks ‘milk’ for quite a while, even after a baby has begun to potter about foraging for solids. They are very shy birds, so to see this taking place through our kitchen window

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