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Editor Des and the Halloween Pumpkin.

Editor Des and the Halloween Pumpkin.

  Hello, here is a rather sad story about my Halloween pumpkin. I forget when I planted the seeds, and also what kind they were. And maybe I was a bit late getting them in. Our bees seemed to have left when the lavender and thyme and all

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Autumn in Blackheath

Autumn in Blackheath

LEAF PEEPING IN AUTUMN I love my little  village of Blackheath. I do joke and call it Bleakheath, but only with affection.  It’s in the  upper Blue Mountains of New South Wales, so the seasons are well defined.  Spring is gorgeous and  snow  can occasionally transform it in

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BLUEY; THE ARMY COOK WITH A DEVIL OF A JOB

BLUEY; THE ARMY COOK WITH A DEVIL OF A JOB

When the troopship Geelong left Hobart on October 20 1914, it carried the  Tasmanian contingent of the 12th Battalion  to Egypt, and  thence to  Gallipoli and France. There was a unique  mascot on board, a Tasmanian devil.  I’m not sure whether the practice  was  officially sanctioned, but

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Social history and Sydney’s Easter Show.

Social history and Sydney's Easter Show.

 TIMES ARE A’ CHANGING AT THE SHOW As I wandered   around Sydney’s Royal Easter Show last year I was struck by how accurately this iconic event reflects changes in our society.  The cookery section is a classic case in point.  If we want it to survive we will

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A WEBSITE IS A WONDERFUL THING

A WEBSITE IS A WONDERFUL THING

THE LITTLE WEBSITE THAT GREW! Recently this website clicked over  to 200,000 visits. Ad yes, there was a small celebration with hazelnut chocolate.     Maybe not a  great deal by some standards, but amazing to me. When I began in late 2012 I had no idea about 

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THE RIDDLE OF MR RIDLEY’S MURDER

THE RIDDLE OF MR RIDLEY'S MURDER

A CONTINUATION OF THE STORY, THE STRANGE LIFE OF EDWARD RIDLEY – PART ONE. In May 1933, police were called to  a crime scene at a damp hovel  below what had once been  Ridley and Sons  Department Store complex, on the Lower East Side of New York.  The Ridley family had disposed

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MAGIC MUSHROOMS

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

Hello from Editor Des,                              MY MUSHROOMS Well my guardian Pauline Conolly wrote a story  about fungi the other day  called Fungi: Flowers of the Fall .  So I thought I would do a better one. Mine is about very special, magic mushrooms. I think you will love it

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Fungi; Flowers of the Fall

Fungi; Flowers of the Fall

                                       A FESTIVAL OF FUNGI Autumn is always stunning here in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, but  instead of looking up at the changing leaves I find myself enchanted  by all manner of beautiful fungi on tree trunks and stumps, and popping up through the leaf litter. I must confess 

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EXTRAORDINARY SNAKE TALES

EXTRAORDINARY SNAKE TALES

WARNING – THERE ARE PICTURES OF SNAKES IN THIS ARTICLE.   ALSO,  I MUST POINT OUT THAT SNAKES ARE VERY INOFFENSIVE.  THEY NORMALLY ONLY BITE WHEN CORNERED, OR WHEN SOMEONE IS TRYING TO KILL THEM. THEY ARE NOW PROTECTED IN AUSTRALIA, AS THEY CERTAINLY SHOULD BE. A BLIGHTED CHILDHOOD Being

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Where the Devil is it?

I grew up on a farm on the north west coast of Tasmania. In the late  1950’s  a man came to see my father on some business or other.  While he was there he produced a sugar bag which he carefully opened to show us the most ferocious creature  imaginable. It

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