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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CIRQUE DU DUCK

CIRQUE DU DUCK

I live  just around the corner from the Blackheath duck pond, in the beautiful Blue Mountains. I’ve developed a special relationship with the  Australian wood ducks who live there. They are so  good natured and engaging. It occurred to me that they must get a little bored

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EDITOR DES AND THE LITERARY GIFT THAT SHOCKED SANTA!.

EDITOR DES AND THE LITERARY GIFT THAT SHOCKED SANTA!.

Christmas is a time for giving.  Even Editor Des is aware of this and realized he really ought to buy something for his guardian, Pauline Conolly.  But what exactly? She loves chocolate, but he wanted to get something  a little more imaginative and appropriate.  Hmm…… what might

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EDITOR DES AND THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS

EDITOR DES AND THE  SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS

Hello. It’s nearly Christmas and I have made my very own tree in the garden. I think I have done quite a good job. I pinch…sorry, borrowed the ornaments from Mother Nature. The tree is called Lycopodium, and the dinosaurs used to eat it! Well it has

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THE WINE CASK……ELEVATION TO A HANDBAG!

THE WINE CASK......ELEVATION TO A HANDBAG!

BOTTLER  OF AN IDEA MATE! The ubiquitous wine cask was invented by Mr Thomas Angrove, and patented in  1965. As you may know, Thomas was an Aussie; a wine maker from Renmark in South Australia. His original version was fairly rudimentary. It was simply a polyethylene bladder 

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