OWNER BUILDERS – MR S. BOWERBIRD AND MR B. CONOLLY

OWNER BUILDERS - MR S. BOWERBIRD AND MR B. CONOLLY

For what seems a very long time I have been following two building projects here in the Blue Mountains’ village of Blackheath. I am beginning to wonder whether either of them will ever reach completion. The first of the intrepid owner builders is Mr Satin Bowerbird, of

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THE RATHER RISQUE FEATHER FOLIES!

THE RATHER RISQUE FEATHER FOLIES!

Roll up and grab your popcorn everyone. Free entry to a unique theatrical experience. After weeks of rehearsal, Warwick and Wendy Wonga of Blackheath in the Blue Mountains are proud to present to you……A ROMANTIC REVUE. Applause please. The name of this truly spectacular production is; ON

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A COCKATOO’S REVENGE!

A COCKATOO'S REVENGE!

Now admittedly I have been conducting a campaign against sulphur crested cockatoos. Well not against the birds themselves, but against the artificial feeding of them. Over the past 15 years their numbers have skyrocketed in the Blue Mountains. They are now competing with other hollow-nesting birds here

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WONGA LOVE…..ONE LAST HITCH!

WONGA LOVE.....ONE LAST HITCH!

This is a new chapter in the Blackheath Wonga romance, but first a brief recap. Last year our resident male Wonga fell in love with his own reflections in the shiny hubcaps of our house painter’s vintage VW van. It meant a long, lonely season, as he

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SYDNEY SOJOURN FOR EDITOR DES

SYDNEY SOJOURN FOR EDITOR DES

Hello Peeps My elderly guardians Pauline, and Dr Bob went on a little ‘rest and recuperation trip’ to Sydney this week, after the bushfires in our village of Blackheath. I believe it’s called a ‘sojourn’. I wasn’t allowed to stay home alone due to a previous incident,

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THE KIDNAPPING OF A CHRISTMAS MOUSE

THE KIDNAPPING OF A CHRISTMAS MOUSE

Hello, Editor Des here with a ‘sort of’ Christmas story. I’m really writing it to annoy my employer/guardian Pauline Conolly, because do you know what she gave me for my present? A plate that I’m supposed to paint. Good grief, I’m 19, not nine! And how am

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EDITOR DES AND THE CHEEKY ROBOT LIBRARIAN

EDITOR DES AND THE  CHEEKY ROBOT LIBRARIAN

Hello, Editor Des here. Well Pauline went to a champagne preview of a dedicated children’s section at the New South Wales State Library recently. This week she asked me if I wanted to go and see it. Well of course, woman! I should have been invited to

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ARNOTT’S MILK ARROWROOT BISCUITS- BEST FOR BABY?

ARNOTT'S MILK ARROWROOT BISCUITS- BEST FOR BABY?

In the late 19th and early 20th century, Arnotts sought testimonials from people feeding their little ones on milk arrowroot biscuits. The possibility that an image of their child might be chosen to illustrate an advertisement was irresistible. The company was soon swamped by photos and letters

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THE PANTHER OF BLACKHEATH…… AND OTHER CRITTERS!

THE PANTHER OF BLACKHEATH...... AND OTHER CRITTERS!

The Blue Mountains…a mystical, wild region where talk by old-timers of ‘Big Foot’, Drop Bears’ and the like have excited and terrified tourists for years. Are we locals just having fun at their expense? Below is a report from the Blue Mountains Gazette, March 23 2018 on

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TYRANNY OF THE TRAVEL DIARY

 KEEP YOUR TRAVEL PLANS TO YOURSELF! When my next door neighbour began to plan a once-in-a-lifetime  world trip she asked if I had any advice. ‘Yes,’ I said firmly; ‘Don’t tell a soul you are going. Leave notes for friends and relatives to be posted once your

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