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MR McGINTY’S GOLD

MR McGINTY'S GOLD

EUREKA—GOLD GOLD GOLD! In  1883, James McGinty and his  two  prospecting partners  found what is still the  largest gold nugget ever found in Tasmania.  It was discovered at Rocky River, near Corinna on the  wild west coast. It weighed 243ozs and was valued at £6,000. Below is an  image  of the

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GUY MENZIES; A LARRIKIN HERO

FOLLOWING ON FROM GUY MENZIES; A LIFE LIVED AT FAST FORWARD. Guy Menzies, the dashing young airman who made the first solo crossing from Australia to New Zealand in 1931 had plans for even greater feats; perhaps a flight from England to Australia, which he estimated could

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A WOMBAT IS WISE IN A WONDERFUL WAY

A WOMBAT IS WISE IN  A WONDERFUL WAY

  The wombat has a reputation for being a bit, well…..not that bright. The wonderful Australian author Ruth Park wrote a series of  very popular children’s stories under the title. The Muddle-headed Wombat,     xxx And what does he know?  Well, how to dig, for one thing.

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Dolly Pegs

Dolly Pegs

A SMALL PIECE OF WOOD Apparently wooden ‘dolly pegs’ were originally  hand made by Gypsies in the UK, who sold them door to door.  Sometimes they were carved from hedgerow wood, sometimes they were just a couple of sticks  bound together with strips of tin. In Tasmania 

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Blowin’ in the wind; the Hills Hoist.

Blowin' in the wind; the Hills Hoist.

HUNG OUT TO DRY! Baby boomers like me may have memories of old ‘prop’ clothes lines. They had been around for generations,  although there was an attempt to improve on them as early as  1889. An Australian invented a device for carrying a double line, which could be elevated

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Winter Magic with Editor Des

Winter Magic with Editor Des

Hello, this is Editor Des from the Blue Mountains. Well I went to the Winter Magic Festival in Katoomba. Pauline didn’t want to take me because it gets a bit crowded, but I had a special assignment with the Blue Mountains Council, so she had to.  Haha.

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WE LOVE WENTWORTH STREET, BLACKHEATH!

My partner Rob and I are the most unlikely ‘activists’ imaginable, but suddenly we have become Wentworth Street Warriors.  We may not live  in the street, but as local residents  we appreciate its beauty all year long. UPDATE – we  have just been alerted by a local consulting arborist

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Kookaburra Crisis!

Kookaburra Crisis!

A story about birds by me, Editor Des WOT’S MORE SCARY….A COCKATOO OR A KOOKABURRA? Do you know what?  A  kookaburra  called Toffee visits our garden every day.  At first I was a bit scared of him, I thought he might start pecking  my fur off for

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The Fabulous Fig Trees of Sydney

The Fabulous Fig Trees of Sydney

WHO GIVES A FIG?  I DO! Anyone who knows me will be aware that I adore trees. I live in the beautiful Blue Mountains of New South Wales, so autumn and spring are very special. However I still love Sydney; for the harbour, the museums and theatres, but

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A FRIENDSHIP LOST; JEANNIE AND JOAN

DEMENTIA; THE SILENT THIEF A few months ago my mother-in-law Jean moved into a Sydney nursing home. She had previously been in residential care for eighteen months after dementia and failing physical health meant  she could  no longer remain in her own home. My husband and I live

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