WHAT A CLEVER BOWERBIRD!

WHAT A CLEVER BOWERBIRD!

EARLY DAYS AT THE BOWER It was mid August when I first spotted a satin bowerbird’s boudoir in Memorial Park, Blackheath. I was very impressed by the location. It was secluded and private, but just a short flight to the village shops and cafes. The bower itself

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THE SILVEREYES OF OLD SYDNEY

THE SILVEREYES OF OLD SYDNEY

THE SWEET SILVEREYES   It’s hard to believe that many of these tiny birds migrate annually from Tasmania to as far north as southern Queensland. What an epic journey for them.  Back in the mid 19thC a wild  storm swept a flock to New Zealand, where they

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THE STORY OF THE SPIDER STUMP

THE STORY OF THE SPIDER STUMP

WARNING…..INCLUDES CONFRONTING SPIDER PICTURE! It wasn’t until my friend  Dianne told me about her battle to get rid of ivy in her new garden that I realized my own ivy problem had become super-serious.  Stupidly, I  had deliberately  spread the variegated variety around. I’d considered it more

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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 perfumes imaginable?

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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 in

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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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