Blue Mountains

Toffee and Taffy, a Kookaburra love story.

Toffee and Taffy, a  Kookaburra love story.

A CONTINUING KOOKABURRA CONNECTION                       In June or July every  year a pair of kookaburras arrive in my garden at Blackheath, in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. The rest of the time  I only see

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WINDOWS ON BLACKHEATH

WINDOWS ON BLACKHEATH

As the original cottages of Blackheath slowly disappear we lose something special….beautiful old windows with  coloured glass panes or leadlights. Some are  very simple; an inexpensive way of adding a little elegance to a humble home.  Light is  the operative word of course. When  the rays of

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SAMMY THE BLACKHEATH RAILWAY SPARROW

SAMMY THE  BLACKHEATH RAILWAY SPARROW

REFUGEE SPARROW FROM THE CITY Some time ago a sparrow living in Sydney’s Botanic Gardens was assaulted by a giant white ibis.  A dispute had broken out over crumbs at the café and the little fellow came off second best .  He went into hiding, but that

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AUTUMN WALK – BLACKHEATH PART TWO

AUTUMN WALK - BLACKHEATH PART TWO

                  FOR THE FIRST PART OF MY ROUND TRIP TO BLACKEATH VILLAGE CLICK HERE. On the way home from the village I look across at the mural on the wall of the Antiques Centre. It was designed by the

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MOUNT VIC FLICKS

MOUNT VIC FLICKS

                    The building, at 2a Harley Avenue Mount Victoria, dates from 1934.  It was originally  a cinema  known as Mount Victoria Pictures. In September 1935 The Katoomba Daily provided an idea of what patrons might expect. This was

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PLEASE DON’T FEED THE COCKATOOS!

PLEASE DON'T FEED THE COCKATOOS!

Nobody loves our beautiful Australian birds more than I do. I photograph them and  write about  them  daily.  BUT, this is a plea not to feed the Sulphur Crested Cockatoos  here in the Blue Mountains (or anywhere else for that matter). The population  of these birds has

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A BIRD IN THE SHOP’S WORTH TWO IN THE POND!

A BIRD IN THE SHOP'S WORTH TWO IN THE POND!

EARLY HISTORY OF BLACKHEATH DUCK POND   When the Great Western Railway crossed the Blue Mountains in the 1860s  a reliable water source was required for the steam engines. In the village of Blackheath a catchment area to the north and east of Gardners Crescent and below

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BLACKHEATH BEAUTY IN MAY

BLACKHEATH BEAUTY IN MAY

A  WANDER ALONG WENTWORTH STREET. Since the Great Western Highway from Sydney to the Blue Mountains was upgraded  there has been a huge rise in visitor numbers.  My home  of Blackheath is one of the highest  villages, and in autumn Wentworth Street in particular is a joy

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The Hallett Deaths; a Very Quiet Exit.

The Hallett Deaths; a Very Quiet Exit.

Mrs Eva  Hallett arrived in the Blue Mountains town of Katoomba by rail in the autumn of 1916, accompanied by her 16 year old daughter Violet.  The pair were from Brunswick in Victoria.  For a few days they stayed in a well known boarding house. However, Mrs

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Glenbrook; Gateway To the Blue Mountains

Glenbrook; Gateway To the Blue Mountains

Recently I conducted a little social history  survey on how the various towns and villages of the Blue Mountains are perceived.  Do they have a distinct character?  Well certainly most of them do. Most surprising of all to me was that Glenbrook is considered by many to

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