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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Fabulous Old Fig Trees of Sydney

Fabulous Old Fig Trees of Sydney

WHO GIVES A FIG?  I DO! I love Sydney; for the harbour, the museums and theatres, but particularly for it’s amazing old fig trees. Could there be a more iconic image of the city than in the photo below?  Sydney sandstone and fig roots inextricably  entwined. That

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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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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 Australian native animals are, especially the echidna.   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

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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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