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QUIET PLEASE, WRITER IN RESIDENCE!

QUIET PLEASE, WRITER IN RESIDENCE!

Recently a huge row broke out on a writers’ group when someone complained that people around her in a café were being too loud,   But surely a café is primarily for social interaction rather than as a solo writer’s workplace?  Admittedly I am an old lady

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BEES AND A BRAVE BLACKHEATHEN BEAR

BEES AND A BRAVE  BLACKHEATHEN  BEAR

Hello, from me….Editor Des of Blackheath. We have so many bees at our place here in the Blue Mountains. I know, because I  help my guardian Pauline Conolly look after the garden.   Or  rather she helps me…ha ha. Of course the bees are asleep now, keeping

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CLIMATE CHANGE & A LONELY COCKATOO!

CLIMATE CHANGE & A  LONELY  COCKATOO!

AUTUMN GOES ALL AWRY Here in the Blue Mountains we  had an unusually  warm, dry autumn.  The fear is that this is due to global warming.  I really enjoyed the warmth, but it was confusing for our plants.  Spring bulbs were popping up before the autumn leaves

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PLEASE TAKE A SEAT!

PLEASE TAKE A  SEAT!

Most of my garden seats are made from ‘found materials’; concrete blocks, stumps, slabs of stone  and bits of timber I deem wide enough to sit on. My impatience when I have a notion to create a new one knows no bounds. Fortunately my aging muscles seem

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CORREA; THE AUSTRALIAN NATIVE FUCHSIA

CORREA; THE AUSTRALIAN NATIVE FUCHSIA

Correa was named for the Portuguese botanist Correia da Serra. Of all the native flowers in my Blue Mountain gardens, it is one of the most visited by birds. Eastern Spinebills and  New Holland Honey Eaters adore  the nectar, and so do the  bees. Pictured below is

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A Tulip By Another Name

A Tulip By Another Name

Tulip bulbs just do not thrive in my garden.  However, I can enjoy similar blooms in spring  thanks to  the Liriodendron trees, which are actually related to the magnolias. Their cup shaped flowers have led to the common name of Tulip Tree. Liriodendrons  are notoriously slow to

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AUTUMN WALK TO BLACKHEATH VILLAGE

AUTUMN WALK TO BLACKHEATH VILLAGE

  AUTUMN LEAVES AND HISTORY No matter what time of year, the walk up to my local  Blue Mountains village of Blackheath is a delight. I always have my little  point and shoot camera in my pocket.  Without fail there is something worth snapping, and it’s an

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THE SUNDAY DRIVE

THE SUNDAY DRIVE

  My husband Rob arrived home in Blackheath  with  a new car recently and I was slightly taken aback when he said;  ‘We could go for a Sunday drive tomorrow if you like.’  I hadn’t heard the expression since my distant childhood. I grew up in rural

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RAGDOLL ORPHANAGE; A WRITER’S JOURNEY.

RAGDOLL ORPHANAGE; A WRITER'S JOURNEY.

  AN AUTHOR IS BORN I connected with Suzanne when she responded to an article I wrote about two of my cousins, who were placed in an orphanage after WWI. The story, Young Casualties of War, was very sad.  In contrast, Suzanne  wrote  an article for a

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A WORLD WAR II SECRET AND ITS CONSEQUENCES

A WORLD WAR II SECRET AND ITS CONSEQUENCES

Recently I posted the story of the Glenbrook railway tunnel during WWII.  The disused tunnel was  secretly used as an RAAF  storage depot, for chemicals such as mustard gas and phosogene.  The decision to stockpile  the chemicals was due to  fear of a Japanese invasion.  Japan had 

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