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  predominantly blue  ‘treasures ‘, assembled to impress  the ladies.  I’m afraid the birds mostly  use  human trash these day, especially  bottle tops. Bowers were full of plastic straws in my

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OUR WONDERFUL WATTLE TREES

OUR 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 I do

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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

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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 own Blackheathen

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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

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