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STOP THE WANTON WONGAS!

STOP THE WANTON WONGAS!

WANTON – Collins Dictionary definition……..Sexually loose or unrestrained. I’m afraid this label must now be attached to the. resident Wonga couple in my Blackheath garden. Here is mother Wonga with her very new chicks. They were brought down from the nest about ten days ago. But now,

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A LANCASTER BOMBER ON CHRISTMAS EVE…..

A LANCASTER BOMBER ON CHRISTMAS EVE.....

The crew of Lancaster Bomber PB 255 was made up of six RAAF personnel and an RAF Flight Engineer. The oldest on board was only twenty five, Mid Upper Gunner Cyril Deed, who had enlisted in Hobart early in 1941. He had left a girl behind, Philma

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BRUNCH AT THE BLUE MIST CAFE

BRUNCH AT THE BLUE MIST CAFE

The Blue Mist Cafe is located at 8 Station Street, Wentworth Falls. Have to say it looks very old-world and inviting. My partner Rob and I had been to a kitchen showroom up the road, and needed to discuss a few things. Coffee always helps consensus. We

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SWIMMING CLUB OF THE BIRD WORLD

SWIMMING CLUB OF THE BIRD WORLD

We are a competitive lot in the Blue Mountains of NSW. At a Blackheath outdoor pool, this little silvereye was training for the 20cm breaststroke event, and struggling a bit. Oh the relief to get to the end! And an encouraging word from the coach always helps..

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WONGA NURSERY AT BLACKHEATH

WONGA NURSERY AT BLACKHEATH

There was initially some reluctance on the part of our Wonga twins to attend nursery school in the garden. That nest high in the conifer was so snug and secure. The pair hatched in August and by mid September one parent was offering encouragement from an adjacent

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A WALK ON A WARM DAY – BEAUTIFUL BLACKHEATH

A WALK ON A WARM DAY - BEAUTIFUL BLACKHEATH

What an unusually high temperature we had on Thursday. Even the breeze was warm. Maybe it doesn’t bode well for summer, but I did revel in it, and so did the crimson rosellas. Time to get out and about, much as I appreciate the delights of home.

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LACHLAN MACQUARIE JNR & A MORAL COMPASS?

LACHLAN MACQUARIE JNR & A MORAL COMPASS?

I was intrigued to come across a reference to one of my articles on the internet recently. It was included in the description of a rare and beautiful item offered for sale by Hordern House Rare books, located in Sydney’s Surry Hills. This tiny object was of

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HEART OF HARTLEY

HEART OF HARTLEY

My partner Rob and I headed west to the historic village of Hartley at the weekend. We wanted to visit the Talisman Gallery, in the hope of finding an iron sculpture for a eucalypt tree stump in our garden. I had in mind an orb sundial or

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THE CONIFER TREE WONGAS

THE CONIFER TREE WONGAS

AUGUST 2020 AND THE WONGAS ARE STILL IN BREEDING OVERDRIVE. I BLAME COVID-19; THEY MUST FEEL THE NEED TO INCREASE THEIR NUMBERS IN CASE OF CROSS-SPECIES INFECTION. After producing two single chicks over a Blue Mountains winter (yes, I did tell them it wasn’t the right season)

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THE MYSTERIOUS PROFESSOR BONNER

THE MYSTERIOUS  PROFESSOR BONNER

Professor Bonner was a self-styled hypnotist, touring the eastern states of Australia in the early part of the 20th century. On January 30 1906, the professor was in Ballarat, performing with Bostock and Wombwell’s Circus. As part of his headline act, a pocket knife was secreted in

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