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  feathered

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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

I was recently criticized by a couple of people on our community page for only ordering a bowl of chips for lunch in the New Ivanhoe pub. Oh dear, I feel I can never order my rare and special treat again.😪 I thought it might be a

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BLUE MOUNTAINS VILLAGES – HISTORY AND HUMOUR

BLUE MOUNTAINS VILLAGES - HISTORY AND HUMOUR

This piece began as a short, selective list of Blue Mountains villages. However, owing to the demands from residents of those left out it became somewhat longer. 😎 OK, HERE WE GO… I am cheating and listing the towns and villages  of the Blue Mountains alphabetically rather

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WINDOWS ON BLACKHEATH, NSW

WINDOWS ON BLACKHEATH, NSW

In the Blue Mountains village of Blackheath the original cottages are slowly disappearing. We are losing 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

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SAMMY THE BLACKHEATH RAILWAY SPARROW

SAMMY THE  BLACKHEATH RAILWAY SPARROW

A 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

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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 well known  artist, designer, and local resident Jenny Kee. 

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MOUNT VIC FLICKS

MOUNT VIC FLICKS

When I lived in Sydney years ago I loved going to the art-deco, Cremorne Orpheum Theatre on the Lower North Shore. It was wonderful to find an equally special theatre right here in the Blue Mountains. The building above, at 2a Harley Avenue Mount Victoria, dates from

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