BLACKHEAT – SERIOUSLY SUMMER!

BLACKHEAT - SERIOUSLY SUMMER!

    My beloved Blue Mountains village of Blackheath has long been the butt of jokes regarding its chilly location.  Bleakheath, Lackheat…..yes yes, we deal with these corruptions of our name with good natured  humour.  But remember…we are closer to heaven than our neighbours down the hill! 

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BLACKHEATH’S CHRISTMAS MARKET

BLACKHEATH'S CHRISTMAS MARKET

The Growers’ Markets in Backheath are always wonderful, but there was something a bit special about the twilight Christmas market last night. My partner and I arrived early when the stallholders were still setting up around 4.00pm. You simply cannot celebrate the  festive season without cherries. We

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CROSSING THE LINE IN BLACKHEATH

CROSSING THE LINE IN BLACKHEATH

HOW TO GIVE A HELPING HAND TO FIRE IMPACTED BLACKHEATH Despite living in Blackheath for nearly twenty years, I’m embarrassed to admit that  I still make new discoveries. Hard to believe I know….it’s not exactly a huge metropolis.  In this instance it was the small business centre

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HALLOWEEN IN THE MISTY MOUNTAINS

HALLOWEEN IN THE MISTY MOUNTAINS

  In the northern hemisphere, Halloween is celebrated during fall, when  landscapes are wreathed in eerie mist. Here in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales we are supposed to be in the full glory of spring, but  there can be some surprisingly  appropriate weather. There are

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THE CRANKY CORMORANT OF BLACKHEATH

THE CRANKY CORMORANT OF BLACKHEATH

JUST LET ME BE! Honestly, the resident pied cormorant at Blackheath duck pond  is the crabbiest looking creature imaginable. I have no idea if this cormorant is  male or female.  I presume  it finds a partner and breeds each year, but as far as I can see

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PRAVISSIMA – WHAT A WATTLE!

PRAVISSIMA - WHAT A WATTLE!

The bush was grey A week today Olive green and brown and grey;  But now the spring has come this way, With blossoms for the wattle. By Veronica Mason. One of my favourite  trees is Acacia pravissima, also known as The Oven’s wattle.   It can withstand the

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THE VICTORY ANTIQUES CENTRE IS OPEN!

THE VICTORY ANTIQUES CENTRE IS OPEN!

THE VICTORY….HEART OF ‘OLD’ BLACKHEATH The Victory Theatre opened in 1921 as The Arcadia picture house. Locals even enjoyed an early form of 3D. It is now a vast antiques centre.  The bear (Editor Des) is not for sale, though sometimes I am sorely tempted to put

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A MISTY WALK IN BLACKHEATH

A MISTY WALK IN BLACKHEATH

I rather like misty days, they remind  me of cool flannels being placed on fevered brows. Our property adjoins the Blue Mountains’  National Park and sometimes bushwalkers  become disoriented, blundering  into my garden. I point them in the direction of Govett’s Leap, with a gentle warning to

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MR S. BOWERBIRD OF BLACKHEATH

MR S. BOWERBIRD OF BLACKHEATH

Introducing Mr Satin bowerbird outside his Blue Mountains  home. His address is No. 1 Memorial Park. Blackheath 2785. This is a very well located, private property only a two minute walk to the village (twenty seconds in full flight). Swimming pool complex nearby and someone to cut

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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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