THE WONGA NURSERY, A WONDER OF NATURE

THE WONGA NURSERY, A  WONDER OF NATURE

I have to confess that I am a bit obsessed with our native Wonga pigeons. They are so gentle and engaging. They wander around the garden paths in my Blue Mountains garden every day, just as I do myself. Our long term, resident pair nest high in

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SOLO THE WONGA CHICK

SOLO THE WONGA CHICK

In 2020, admittedly a weird year for the entire world, our resident Wonga couple completely defied nature. Instead of breeding just once in spring, they churned out chicks almost continually. We live at Blackheath in the NSW Blue Mountains, so this meant they were nesting through heat,

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THE SWEET SPINEBILL

THE SWEET SPINEBILL

The Eastern Spinebill always looks so neat in his grey and brown suit teamed with a white shirt. Only measuring about 15cms, his curved beak is almost as long as his body. I like to imagine him as a legal clerk, dipping into a pot of black

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YES…SOMETIMES IT’S HOT IN BLACKHEATH!

YES...SOMETIMES IT'S HOT IN BLACKHEATH!

Finally, ‘properly’ hot days in our little part of the world. At my place I try to keep the birdbaths fresh and full for my sweet, feathered friends. Mind you, the rosellas and king parrots just shelter up in the trees when the temperature rises above 35

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THE CRABAPPLE

THE  CRABAPPLE

When we moved to Blackheath (Blue Mountains) twenty years ago there was a large crabapple in our garden. I suspect it was planted by a previous owner, a professor of architecture who established the garden in the 1960s. The tree scarcely bore any fruit and eventually I

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THE CHRISTMAS WONGA TWINS

THE CHRISTMAS WONGA TWINS

The resident Wonga pigeons in our Blackheath garden have just completed their fifth hatching in this extraordinary year of 2020. The couple have been with us for a number of years, but had only ever had a single, spring hatching ……until now. We wondered if they sensed

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TINY TREASURES IN BLACKHEATH’S OLD TYTHE BARN

TINY TREASURES IN BLACKHEATH'S OLD TYTHE BARN

Up by the railway station in the Blue Mountains village of Blackheath is the sweetest, most delightfully idiosyncratic gift and hobby shop imaginable…. the Old Tythe Barn. If that name conjures an image of a vast agricultural building (it did for me), then you are in for

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CURRAWONG CASHES IN ON CICADA SEASON

CURRAWONG CASHES IN ON CICADA SEASON

MID AUGUST 2020 – I was creating a new garden bed recently when I spotted a currawong gathering roots for its nest. A yellow robin on the look-out for worms was watching on with a wary eye. The currawong nest was constructed high in a eucalypt (local

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STOP THE WANTON WONGAS!

STOP THE WANTON WONGAS!

WANTON – Collins Dictionary definition……..Sexually loose or unrestrained. I’m afraid this label must now be attached to the. resident Wonga couple in my Blackheath garden. Here is mother Wonga with her very new chicks. They were brought down from the nest about ten days ago. But now,

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BRUNCH AT THE BLUE MIST CAFE

BRUNCH AT THE BLUE MIST CAFE

The Blue Mist Cafe is located at 8 Station Street, Wentworth Falls. Have to say it looks very old-world and inviting. My partner Rob and I had been to a kitchen showroom up the road, and needed to discuss a few things. Coffee always helps consensus. We

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