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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Moments With Minties.

Moments With Minties.

ARE MINTIES NUMBER ONE? It would be hard to name  Australia’s most iconic  lollies   Fantails? Jaffas?  Life Savers? Minties must surely be a contender. They were invented in 1922, by  Sydney’s James Stedman, son of Australia’s first  large-scale confectioner. The factory was located in  Rozelle. Just look at

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Dr Ratten – Made in Chicago

Dr Ratten - Made in Chicago

TO CHICAGO – A MEDICAL MISSION On September 3 1906, a wealthy young dentist from Brisbane boarded  the passenger  ship Aorangi. He disembarked in Vancouver,  then entered the United States and  made his way to Chicago by train. His name was Victor Richard Ratten. Soon after he arrived

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THE ECHIDNA, A STRANGE LITTLE ANIMAL.

THE ECHIDNA, A STRANGE LITTLE ANIMAL.

How very special our natural history is.   The Echidna has been known by quite a few names; spiny ant-eater, porcupine,  even hedgehog! Its  real name is Echidna acubata. Oddly enough it is a cousin to the equally weird platypus. This intriguing creature lays eggs (usually two), and

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EDITOR DES GOES TO THE EASTER SHOW

EDITOR DES GOES TO THE EASTER SHOW

THE BIGGEST SHOW IN TOWN Last week we  went to the Royal Easter Show in Sydney.  It’s a huge fair, and  farmers and gardeners take their produce along and win prizes. Well some of them win. I wanted to enter  some of my vegetables, but Pauline Conolly  (she’s my guardian)

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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 the Australian

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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 on my last visit 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

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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 340,000 visits. Maybe not a  great deal by some standards, but amazing to me. When I began in late 2012 I had no idea about  SEO (search engine optimization), effective tags or stop words. It must

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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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