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SPRING WALK TO BLACKHEATH VILLAGE

SPRING WALK TO BLACKHEATH VILLAGE

A few days of rain and mist followed by two warm, sunny days and voila……it’s SPRING! Impossible to stay inside. Let’s pop up to Blackheath village. Mr and Mrs Wood Duck were taking a stroll as well. Soon they will be looking for a tree hollow to

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THE SEASON OF ROMANCE FOR MR BOWERBIRD

THE SEASON OF ROMANCE FOR MR BOWERBIRD

SPRING, WHEN A BOWERBIRD’S FANCY TURNS TO …. Well, spring is well and truly here now. I have watched the blossom come out above Mr Bowerbird’s home in Memorial Park at Blackheath. I don’t know what sort it is; some sort of prunus. With a bit of

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Divine Daphne

    My garden  in the chilly Blue Mountains has acid soil, which is why I grow azaleas, rhododendrons, hydrangeas…..and daphnes. At last count I had nine…..sorry, ten. What could be better than a shrub that flowers in mid winter and has one of the most heavenly

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BOWING OUT – FINALE OF THE BOWERBIRD STORY.

BOWING OUT - FINALE OF THE BOWERBIRD STORY.

FOR THE BEGINNNG OF THIS STORY CLICK HERE   31/8/2018 Mr S. Bowerbird’s  magnificent home  in Blackheath’s Memorial Park was almost wrecked yesterday. Two (illegally) unleashed dogs tore through the middle of it before I could warn their owners.  How they missed  crushing  the bower itself is

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A KELPIE CALLED COIL

A KELPIE CALLED COIL

  Let me introduce  a famous  Aussie  dog by the name of  Coil. Born in the late 19thC, he was a slate blue and tan  Australian Kelpie with a ‘fox brush’ tail. He was a champion  performer in sheep dog trials. Just look at that proud stance

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SATIN BOWERBIRD; COURTSHIP PHASE

SATIN BOWERBIRD; COURTSHIP PHASE

FOR THE FIRST CHAPTER, CLICK HERE. August 26 2018 – A second chapter in the life of Mr S. Bowerbird of  Memorial Park, Blackheath. It had been raining all day, converting many bottle caps in the bower  to miniature swimming pools. Poor Mr B.  was kept busy

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THE TUCK SHOP

THE TUCK SHOP

Do schools still hold those  old-fashioned  fund raising tuck shops with  the lollies (sweets) homemade by parents?  Perhaps they don’t, as in retrospect the goodies on offer were  all pure sugar. TUCK SHOP HISTORY A young man called Edmund Verney  had  a  tuckbox  prepared by his mother

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CURIOSITY – THE FORCE BEHIND RESEARCH

CURIOSITY - THE  FORCE  BEHIND RESEARCH

I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity. Eleanor Roosevelt. What wise words;  especially for future scientists….and writers! English crime novelist Ann Cleeves was  asked what motivated her

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WORDS ON BIRDS…… AND CUSTARD!

WORDS ON BIRDS...... AND CUSTARD!

I once made a somewhat provocative statement on social media declaring Australia’s Foster Clarks custard powder to be superior to the UK  Bird’s brand.   It was absolutely true, but see that flag on the British product?  I should have known I was stirring up a cauldron

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UP THE GARDEN PATH

UP THE  GARDEN PATH

You can never have too many paths within a garden, either. I love to have them  winding everywhere.  If my husband says I should get rid of one for some pragmatic reason I say ….. definitely not!  Edna Walling, the Australian garden designer, once said that if your paths are

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