MOUNTAIN HIGH LAW AND ORDER!

MOUNTAIN HIGH LAW AND ORDER!

DID BLACKHEATH  REALLY NEED A BOBBY? During the summer of 1892 the cash box was stolen from the general store in  the Blue Mountains village of Blackheath. There was an immediate  call to appoint a policeman. Not everyone was in favour of this step, as the  following

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SCANDAL IN BLACKHEATH’S WENTWORTH STREET

SCANDAL IN  BLACKHEATH'S WENTWORTH STREET

Wentworth Street in the Blue Mountains village of Blackheath  is filled  with tourists  during April and May, when  the deciduous trees put on a spectacular display of  autumn colour. I live just around the corner and it’s always a pleasure to walk along the street on my way

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THE SPINEBILL FUCHSIA

THE SPINEBILL FUCHSIA

 THE FUCHSIA Fuchsias were discovered growing in the Caribbean in the 17th century,  by  a French monk  called Charles Plumier.  He named them in honour of  German botanist, Leonhart Fuchs. There are so many varieties it would be impossible to   list them here. Anyway, there is only one, very

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Autumn in Blackheath

Autumn in Blackheath

LEAF PEEPING IN AUTUMN I love my little  village of Blackheath. I do joke and call it Bleakheath, but only with affection.  It’s in the  upper Blue Mountains of New South Wales, so the seasons are well defined.  Spring is gorgeous and  snow  can occasionally transform it in

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AN HISTORIC PAINTING RETURNS HOME

AN HISTORIC PAINTING RETURNS HOME

 A MISSION   For some time I have been attempting to trace four unidentified sketches by Elizabeth Macquarie,   wife of Lachlan Macquarie, an early Governor of New South Wales.  As a resident of the Blue Mountains, I would like to believe that among the missing works

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ERNIE APPLE TREE JNR.

ERNIE APPLE TREE JNR.

AN UPDATED VERSION OF THIS BLOG, ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN MARCH 2014 ERNIE APPLE TREE SENIOR In 1953 my parents moved to the Tasmanian farm I grew up  on. It was four miles from the coastal town of Ulverstone In the back garden  was an old apple tree.

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THE DAY BRADMAN HIT A TON FOR BLACKHEATH!

THE DAY BRADMAN HIT A TON FOR BLACKHEATH!

Hello….Editor Des here. Well it’s all sport, sport, sport in our household at the moment, so I thought I would write a piece about a famous cricketer!  By the way, the local coach once told me that I had a great future as twelfth man for Blackheath

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BLACKHEATH – PIE IN THE SKY!

BLACKHEATH - PIE IN THE SKY!

There will be a lot of pies eaten today. Good luck Western Sydney Giants! There is an eatery in my Blue Mountains village of Blackheath regarded as a bit of an institution when it comes to a meal in a pastry case. The pies, $7.90 each, have

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Blackheath: my Blue Mountains home.

Blackheath: my Blue Mountains home.

WHY BLACKHEATH? It was primarily  my passion for birds and gardens that prompted my move from Sydney to the beautiful Blue Mountains of New South Wales.  As a writer, I also wanted a place of peace and inspiration.                  

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