CORREA; THE AUSTRALIAN NATIVE FUCHSIA

CORREA; THE AUSTRALIAN NATIVE FUCHSIA

Correa was named for the Portuguese botanist Correia da Serra. Of all the native flowers in my Blue Mountain gardens, it is one of the most visited by birds. Eastern Spinebills and  New Holland Honey Eaters adore  the nectar, and so do the  bees. Pictured below is

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THE BEAUTY OF THE TULIP TREE

THE BEAUTY OF THE TULIP TREE

Tulip bulbs just do not thrive in my garden.  However, I can enjoy similar blooms in spring  thanks to  the Liriodendron trees, which are actually related to magnolias. Their cup shaped flowers have led to the common name of Tulip Tree. I planted two of these trees

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AUTUMN WALK TO BLACKHEATH VILLAGE

AUTUMN WALK TO BLACKHEATH VILLAGE

  AUTUMN LEAVES AND HISTORY No matter what time of year, the walk up to my local  Blue Mountains village of Blackheath is a delight. I always have my little  point and shoot camera in my pocket.  Without fail there is something worth snapping, and it’s an

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THE SUNDAY DRIVE

THE SUNDAY DRIVE

My husband Rob arrived home in Blackheath  with  a new car recently and I was slightly taken aback when he said;  ‘We could go for a Sunday drive tomorrow if you like.’  I hadn’t heard the expression since my distant childhood. I grew up in rural Tasmania,

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RAGDOLL ORPHANAGE; A WRITER’S JOURNEY.

RAGDOLL ORPHANAGE; A WRITER'S JOURNEY.

  AN AUTHOR IS BORN I connected with Suzanne when she responded to an article I wrote about two of my cousins, who were placed in an orphanage after WWI. The story, Young Casualties of War, was very sad.  In contrast, Suzanne  wrote  an article for a

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GLENBROOK TUNNEL; THE AFTERMATH OF A WORLD WAR II SECRET

GLENBROOK TUNNEL;  THE AFTERMATH OF A WORLD WAR II SECRET

Recently I posted the story of the disused Glenbrook rail tunnel during World War II. Located in the lower Blue Mountains of New South Wales, the tunnel was  secretly used as an RAAF  storage depot, for dangerous chemicals such as mustard gas and phosogene.  The decision to

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STILL ‘COOL’, STILL COSY; CINNABAR AT BLACKHEATH

STILL 'COOL', STILL  COSY; CINNABAR  AT BLACKHEATH

Cinnabar Kitchen  in  the Blue Mountains village of Blackheath is on The Great Western Highway, just a stroll up the hill from our home. I’m not sure why it took my husband Rob and I so long to  go, especially when we had great memories of Ashcrofts,

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