IT’S A POLAR LIFE FOR ME!

IT'S A POLAR LIFE FOR ME!

In this modern age of hype and glitter where the salacious exploits of reality stars dominate our media and conversation, it’s sometimes challenging to recognize a real heroine when you see one. But society beauty turned rugged polar explorer Louise Arner Boyd (1887-1972) was the real deal.

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ADVICE CAN BE A BITTER PILL – ROBIN DALTON AND JOCELYN RICKARDS

ADVICE CAN BE A BITTER PILL - ROBIN DALTON AND JOCELYN RICKARDS

Writers of all genres have to endure patronizing remarks. If I had a dollar for every  person who has told me they would love to write if  only they had more time, I could throw away my (admittedly modest)  royalty cheques. The inference is that they are

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MRS EDNA WOOD – A LIFE STORY

MRS EDNA WOOD - A LIFE STORY

Mrs Edna Wood came into our lives several years ago, after an acacia tree was felled.  Right from the outset she had a penchant for hats, especially with extravagant floral trimmings.  We live in the beautiful Blue Mountains, where rhododendrons and camellias provided her with an unlimited

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OH THE NOSTALGIA! – FIFTIES HEAVEN AT KATOOMBA

OH THE NOSTALGIA! - FIFTIES HEAVEN AT KATOOMBA

WELL HELLO AUNTY JACK! The Blue Mountains town of Katoomba has always been a bit retro, so what better place to open a 1950’s  themed restaurant/café?   Aunty Jacks in Katoomba Street is sheer bliss for Baby Boomers  like me, who grew up playing the juke box

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THE WHITE MAGNOLIA TREE

THE WHITE MAGNOLIA TREE

Magnolia – named for Pierre Magnol, a director of the French Botanic Gardens, during the eighteenth century. The American Magnolia grandiflora or Bull Bay magnolia is native to the balmy Southern states and the Gulf of Mexico. It is an evergreen, and flowers in early summer. It

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Hello Possums!

Hello Possums!

‘Hello Possums!’   has long been Dame Edna Everidge’s affectionate greeting to her audience. They are definitely very cute….in their place! Once  my husband and I awoke  before dawn to the tinkling of glassware and thought a burglar  was making off with our crystal goblets. We peeped into the

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BY GUM, IT’S GETTNG CLOSE TO CHRISTMAS!

BY GUM, IT'S  GETTNG CLOSE TO CHRISTMAS!

One Christmas when I was a child my father brought home a gum bough from the bush as an alternative to the traditional pine tree. We all loved it, especially the scent of eucalyptus throughout the house. My mother was delighted to have  a break from falling

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CHRISTMAS LILIES – A LITTLE HISTORY, A LITTLE HOPE

CHRISTMAS  LILIES - A LITTLE HISTORY, A LITTLE HOPE

Below is a photo taken in 1933, during the Great Depression. It is a field of Christmas lilies on a property at Pennant Hills, in New South Wales. The farm produced 100,000 cut flowers for the  Australian florist trade that year. Ladies could pick up a fragrant

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