BESOTTED WITH BLUE WRENS

BESOTTED WITH BLUE WRENS

Honestly, blue wrens could take over my life if I didn’t keep strict control. I should  really give them  their full  title;  Superb Fairy Wrens (Maluras cyaneus). And yes, they are as delicate as fairies.                     Once I

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VICTORY CAFE, BLACKHEATH….THE PERFECT MEAL THAT BROKE MY HEART

VICTORY CAFE, BLACKHEATH....THE PERFECT MEAL THAT BROKE MY HEART

My partner Rob and I intended dining at the new Blackheath Bar and BIstro last Saturday night, but it was a bit busy. Instead, we had a drink to wish the owners well,  then  walked along to the Victory Café.  It was pretty early, so no problem

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LUNCH AT SILK’S IN LOVELY LEURA

LUNCH AT SILK'S IN LOVELY LEURA

Is Leura  the prettiest village in the Blue Mountains? Even as a proud Blackheathen I have to admit it is. This mural features the cool climate plants that thrive here in the Mountains; rhododendrons, camellias, spring bulbs etc.   My partner  Rob and I booked into Silks

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A BIRD LOVER’S VALENTINE CARD

A BIRD LOVER'S VALENTINE CARD

When you have a large garden filled with birds there are lots of  opportunities to create photographic images for occasions such as Christmas and New Year.  So why not Valentine’s Day?  Admittedly I’ve been married over 40 years, but Rob is still my knight in shining armour.

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LUNCH AT PINS ON LURLINE

LUNCH AT PINS ON LURLINE

  So where could my partner and I go for a special celebration lunch in the Upper Blue Mountains? Our preference was for somewhere we’d never been before. After many recommendations on our local community site we decided to try Pins on Lurline, located in a lovely

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MY BAD BARGAIN WITH RAFFA IN 2012

MY BAD BARGAIN WITH RAFFA IN  2012

Seven years ago I was seriously ill in a Sydney Hospital with a hideous, undiagnosed condition. It was affecting my brain, my heart, my muscles…. and just about everything else. Part of my stabilizing medication was a very high dose of the steroid Prednisone. Among the  side

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BEYOND THE LETTER SLOTS AT THE SYDNEY G.P.O.

BEYOND THE LETTER SLOTS AT THE SYDNEY G.P.O.

Now I’m pleased to report that you can still buy stamps at the Sydney G.P.O., and post your letters in those wonderful old post boxes facing George Street. But these days the privatised, refurbished  G.P.O building  is also home to bars, restaurants, cabaret shows, cafes and high-end

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STRANGE TWIST IN THE TALE OF MR BOWERBIRD.

STRANGE TWIST IN THE TALE OF MR BOWERBIRD.

It has been a long courting season for the bowerbird in Blackheath’s Memorial Park.  I began monitoring his ‘boudoir’  in mid August 2018. Without doubt it was one of the most beautiful,  symmetrically arranged collections of blue treasures I had ever seen. WOOING IS A WEARYSOME BUSINESS

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GANG-GANGS; CLOWNS OF THE TREE TOPS.

GANG-GANGS; CLOWNS OF THE TREE TOPS.

WELL HELLO AGAIN GANG-GANGS! After not seeing Gang-gang cockatoos in my Blue Mountains garden for several years I was delighted when  a lively group arrived a couple of weeks ago.  There were lured by the ripening seeds on my various wattle trees  (acacias). They have been returning

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STAR JASMINE

STAR JASMINE

WHAT A STAR! I have  the gentle climber Star Jasmine  (Trachelospermum jasminodes ) growing all around my garden (ten plants at last count). It is extremely hardy, and survives our Blue Mountains frosts and snowfalls without the slightest  problem.  In the photo below  it is tumbling down

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