THE NEW IVANHOE HOTEL – A BLACKHEATH TIME-WARP

THE NEW IVANHOE HOTEL - A BLACKHEATH TIME-WARP

The name New Ivanhoe Hotel is a delightful contradiction in terms. Little has changed at this Blue Mountains pub in 70 years. It’s located at 231 Great Western Highway, Blackheath. I’ve been working on my new book here recently. The pub has just the right atmosphere for

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POOR LITTLE PARROT!

POOR LITTLE PARROT!

Max the parrot’s life could have ended before it really got going. We drove into our Blue Mountains property a couple of weeks ago and almost skittled him. He was nibbling on an acorn, completely oblivious to any danger. I had to hop out and shoo him

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EDITOR DES AND THE BOWERBIRD…..MISTAKES AND MISUNDERSTANDINGS

EDITOR DES AND THE BOWERBIRD.....MISTAKES AND MISUNDERSTANDINGS

Editor Des has been bird watching with me for the last few months, and becoming quite the ‘twitcher’. Unfortunately he has a lot to learn, which recently led to a head injury…. and a severe knock to his confidence. It should be remembered that a male satin

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OH NO….SEPTEMBER SNOW!

OH NO....SEPTEMBER SNOW!

SUEPRISE SNOW……It’s weird when you wake up at the crack of dawn and open the front door to find the whole landscape has changed. Trousers might have been a sensible idea, Editor Des. What one earth! While we were sleeping the snow was quietly falling. We don’t

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LIFE’S UPS AND DOWNS FOR A LITTLE KING PARROT

LIFE'S UPS AND DOWNS FOR A LITTLE KING PARROT

Driving into our Blue Mountains property after visiting Sydney recently we almost ran over a juvenile king parrot. I had to hop out of the car and shoo him off the driveway. He was too busy with an acorn he’d found to think about the dangers of

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A WORLD OF WHEELBARROWS

A WORLD OF WHEELBARROWS

Where would we gardeners be without our wheelbarrows? I have early memories of being carted out in one by my older siblings. They have always provided fun for kids. I was interested to  discover that the development of the wheelbarrow began in China around AD200.  Chuko Liang,

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FRENCH FLAVOUR POPS UP AT THE VICTORY CAFE

FRENCH FLAVOUR  POPS UP  AT THE VICTORY CAFE

Recently my partner Rob and I enjoyed a pop-up, French themed meal at the Victory Theatre Café in Blackheath. We were joined by lots of eager locals. Many of us are sad that chef David doesn’t open regularly for dinner and hope he might change his mind!

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A HOPLESS FROG IN MY GARDEN!

A  HOPLESS FROG IN MY GARDEN!

In 1984 my darling mother Myra was suffering from the ovarian cancer that took her life.  While I  was visiting her in Tasmania I noticed a  cheeky little frog on her bedside table. ‘He cheers me up’, she said.  I could see why; he was adorable. Froggy

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WHAT BECAME OF ALICE BROENIMANN, BLACKHEATH’S FAMOUS WAITRESS?

WHAT BECAME OF ALICE BROENIMANN, BLACKHEATH'S  FAMOUS WAITRESS?

In October 1949, talented young acrobat Alice Broenimann fled her Swiss Stars troupe, who were performing at the Tivoli theatre in Sydney. She had  fallen out  with the group’s manager, Eugene Lambart. The vivacious 18 year old  hired a taxi and travelled to Blackheath, in the Blue

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THE ACROBAT WHO TOOK REFUGE IN BLACKHEATH

THE ACROBAT WHO TOOK REFUGE IN BLACKHEATH

Following WWII,  Swiss trapese artist Eugene Lambart and his wife Fritzi formed an act with a young Norwegian strongman, Arne Selfors.  They looked about for an acrobat to complete their new show and came across two young sisters in Berne. The girls’  father, Mr Broenimann  was a

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