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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BOWERBIRDS FACE BIG CHANGES!

BOWERBIRDS FACE BIG CHANGES!

  I have a great fascination for  social history, and for our native, satin bowerbirds.  Yes, there is a strong link between the two.  When the adult blue/black  male bowerbirds  or the green juvenile ‘apprentices’ build their bowers they decorate them with anything blue they can find.

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LES MURRAY; COWSHEDS AND CONCRETE

LES MURRAY; COWSHEDS AND CONCRETE

As a Baby Boomer I grew up with little exposure to Australian literature.  It was all English boarding school stories,  Enid Blyton and Charles Dickens. My early knowledge of poets was limited to those represented in a primary school textbook, Poems for Pleasure; Blake, Longfellow, Wordsworth, Coleridge

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Crimson Rosellas – Sweet Thieves

Crimson Rosellas - Sweet Thieves

    CRIMSON ROSELLAS   Crimson rosellas are a joy to behold. Many of the trees and shrubs in my  Blue Mountains garden have been planted with these beautiful birds in mind. Top of the list? The native correas. The photo below shows that my efforts are appreciated!

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