Blue Mountains

BONDI OR THE BUSH? ALL ABOARD THE BLUE MTS. TRAINS

BONDI OR THE BUSH? ALL ABOARD THE BLUE MTS. TRAINS

COMMUTER COMPLAINTS We Blue Mountains residents have long complained about our trains, The following was taken  from The Daily Telegraph in May 1928; The trains of New South Wales are notoriously dirty and slow, and a great deal of the inefficiency and neglect of the Railway Commissioners

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Wattlebirds

Wattlebirds

Some people say there’s not much to love about  red wattlebirds. And yes, they are aggressive little blighters, with a rasping call. But the bird is actually  quite striking, with a striated chest  and pale yellow ‘undercarriage’. Then there are  those little  ‘wattles’  below the eyes that

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ALTITUDE CAFE; FULL OF AUSSIE ICONS

ALTITUDE CAFE; FULL OF AUSSIE ICONS

I was a bit disappointed when Blackheath’s Altitude Café moved earlier this year, even if it was only next door. It had lost some of its ambience I thought. However, when I called in last week everything had changed. One whole wall was devoted to a series

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APPRENTICE BOWER BUILDER

APPRENTICE BOWER BUILDER

This is what the bower of a  satin bowerbird looks like (below right), with its collection of blue  ‘treasures ‘ assembled to impress  the ladies.  I’m afraid the birds mostly  use blue, human trash these day, especially pegs, plastic straws and milk bottle tops. In the old

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THE WONDERFUL WATTLE TREES

THE WONDERFUL WATTLE TREES

‘…in spring, the most delicate feathery yellow of plumes and plumes and plumes and trees and bushes of wattle, as if angels had flown right down out of the softest gold regions of heaven to settle here, in the Australian bush.   D.H. Lawrence, Kangaroo    

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ACCEPTABLE THEFT!

ACCEPTABLE THEFT!

Remember  British artist and designer William Morris and his famous Strawberry Thief design? Those thrushes ended up in homes around the world. I’m sure Mr Morris forgave them for raiding his garden by the stripling Thames.   I don’t grow strawberries, but I do have lots of 

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BLACKHEATH DUCK POND

BLACKHEATH DUCK POND

Blackheath duck pond is close enough to my garden to be my personal water feature. Hardly  a day goes by without me wandering past it. The traction engine below was used to excavate the original dams, which evolved into the  pond. The dams were used to hold

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WRITING MY WAY AROUND BLACKHEATH

WRITING MY WAY AROUND BLACKHEATH

Writers spend  lot of time alone, so it’s great to get out  occasionally to enjoy the social buzz of a café.  There are plenty to choose from in my Blue Mountains village of Blackheath. Altitude –  Good name for a café in the Blue Mountains. Last food

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BLACKHEATH GROWERS’ MARKET

BLACKHEATH GROWERS' MARKET

  What a joy the busy  Blackheath Growers’ Market is. Mind you, I’m glad I can walk up there. These days  people have to park their cars  almost down to my own house near the duck pond.   It’s held on the second Sunday of the month

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OUR QUIRKY BLUE MOUNTAINS VILLAGES

OUR QUIRKY BLUE MOUNTAINS VILLAGES

I am cheating here and listing the towns and villages  of the Blue Mountains alphabetically rather than by elevation. This is pure indulgence on my part so that  I can begin with; Blackheath, aka Bleakheath – Ranks first in this list and first in my Blackheathen heart.

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