CRISIS CHRISTMAS 2019

CRISIS CHRISTMAS 2019

And so Christmas in the Blue Mountains village of Blackheath has come to an end. The saddest, happiest, strangest and scariest festive season I’ve experienced in the twenty years we have lived here. In mid December my husband Rob and I attended a delightful nativity play at

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MOUNT TOMAH BOTANIC GARDENS – HELD IN OUR HEARTS

MOUNT TOMAH BOTANIC GARDENS -  HELD IN OUR HEARTS

Here in the Blue Mountains we have a powerful emotional attachment to the glorious Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens. I remember how surprised I was when the entry fee was removed. How often does that happen anywhere? It’s not the issue of saving a few dollars that delights

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DECK THE BOUGHS….LEURA CHIC v OLD SCHOOL BLACKHEATH

DECK THE BOUGHS....LEURA CHIC v OLD SCHOOL BLACKHEATH

Here in the Blue Mountains the boughs of Leura’s main street avenue of cherry trees have been decorated for Christmas in a unique manner. Admittedly the seasonal creations have created some controversy, but I love them. They seem to suit Leura’s trendy, boutique shops and are quirky

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THE APPLE TREE GIFTS

THE APPLE TREE GIFTS

When my parents bought their farm in Tasmania in 1952 there was an ancient apple tree in the garden. As far as we could tell it was a Bramley cooking apple. It produced a huge crop year after year, which my mother used in every way imaginable;

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CHRISTMAS CHEER AT BLACKHEATH CREATIVE

CHRISTMAS CHEER AT BLACKHEATH CREATIVE

Approaching the recently launched Blackheath Creative shop in Station Street there is a heavenly aroma from Christmassy scented candles. I stopped outside to chat to friends and they asked if I had some exotic perfume on. But don’t just wander past…..walk in! Everything here is locally sourced

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WRITERS AND ROSES

WRITERS AND ROSES

As a writer and gardener, I find it hard to resist roses with a connection to a much loved book, or its author. Perhaps my favourite would be the beautifully scented David Austin rose called Jude the Obscure, named for Thomas Hardy’s tragic novel. It’s appropriate that

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DIGITALIS – DEADLY GLOVES FOR LITTLE FOXES

DIGITALIS - DEADLY GLOVES FOR LITTLE FOXES

Foxgloves (digitalis purpurea) fill me with nostalgia. My mother grew them in her rural Tasmanian garden. ‘Don’t touch them’, she would tell us, ‘they’re poisonous. ‘ Naturally my sister Robbie and I defied her by sticking our fingers into the little ‘gloves’ with a mixture of fear

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PANDORA’S BOX – KEEPING THE LID ON!

PANDORA'S BOX - KEEPING THE LID ON!

FOLLOWING ON FROM DEVILISH DRUGS. ANOTHER BATTLE IN THE WAR After I left hospital my strength began to return, but the fluid around my heart did not clear as hoped. By April it had actually increased slightly, and surgery became  the only option. My surgeon was amazing.

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PANDORA’S BOX PART IV – DEVILISH DRUGS!

PANDORA'S BOX PART IV -  DEVILISH DRUGS!

Continued from PART III – Creepy Answers ‘YOU HAVE CHURG STRAUSS SYNDROME…THERE IS CURRENTLY NO CURE’ Even though I had been informed in the most gentle and empathetic manner,  the word ‘incurable’ shocked me to the core.   Was Dr Flood joking?   Hardly any diseases are incurable these

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PANDORA’S BOX PART III – CREEPY ANSWERS!

PANDORA'S BOX PART III - CREEPY ANSWERS!

FOLLOWNG ON FROM – A MEDICAL MYSTERY It was always an early start to the day at The San, because  the  cardiologist made his  daily  ward rounds at 6.00am.  My spirits never failed to  lift  when he appeared.   Due to medication I hardly slept and the kindly

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