JARDINS….LITTLE TREASURES OF THE LOT

JARDINS....LITTLE TREASURES OF THE LOT

It is mid winter here at Blackheath in the Blue Mountains, cold and very wet. I have been watching Monty Don’s TV series on French gardens. Oh dear, the longing it evokes is almost physically painful. How long will it be before we can enjoy that beautiful

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CONSERVATION HUT AT WENTWORTH FALLS; BLUE MOUNTAINS

CONSERVATION HUT AT WENTWORTH FALLS; BLUE MOUNTAINS

One of the most beautiful villages in the Blue Mountains  of New South Wales is Wentworth Falls.  It’s hard for a proud  Blackheathen to admit this…but  it’s true.  My favourite destination is Conservation Hut, originally built as a resting place for bush walkers, and a meeting room

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EDITOR DES AT KAKADU AND BEYOND.

EDITOR DES AT KAKADU AND BEYOND.

Before Covid came along my guardian Pauline decided we should visit Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory. Now travel is not always a pleasure for someone like me. Well I never get a proper seat on the plane, so that means no life vest. Pathetic…..what would

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TRAVEL TORTURE – A PLACE CALLED WHAT?

TRAVEL TORTURE - A PLACE CALLED WHAT?

 Lost in a Labyrinth of Consonants It’s fun showing of your pics when you return from foreign parts. The only problem is pronouncing the name of the places you captured in those fabulous shots! There’s no problem if you’re showing them to cousin Frank, who lives in

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KADOORIE FARM AND GARDENS

KADOORIE FARM AND GARDENS

ORIGINS OF THE FARM Following the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong during World War II, many farmers were destitute and unable to produce sufficient food for the enormous influx of refugees. In 1951, Hong Kong businessman Lord Lawrence Kadoorie and his brother Sir Horace Kadoorie, formed an

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The Farmer’s Fairground Organ

The Farmer's Fairground Organ

CLEVER HANDS CELEBRATING THE PAST When Stanley Hennock died last year aged 83, he left a special legacy. The  retired  farmer from Canberra had been able to turn his hand to almost anything. Farmers have to be multi-skilled and Stan certainly was!  Over a period of three

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NULLARBOR TO PERTH

NULLARBOR TO PERTH

Nullarbor, from Latin meaning ‘no trees’, but that’s a bit of a misnomer. STORY CONTINUED FROM…….WESTWARD HO! Chatting to fellow passengers and gazing at the passing landscape  takes up a good deal of time aboard the Indian Pacific.   I always imagined the scenery  across the Nullarbor

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INDIAN-PACIFIC – BROKEN HILL TO ADELAIDE

INDIAN-PACIFIC - BROKEN HILL  TO ADELAIDE

CONTINUED FROM – Westward Ho!-on the Indian Pacific TRAIN WHISTLE BLOWING…. Up in time to see the sunrise as the Indian-Pacific approaches the outback mining town of  Broken Hill at 6.00am.  Indian Pacific passengers have a choice of excursions here and Rob and I are going to

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