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SLEEPING WITH A STRANGER!

SLEEPING WITH A STRANGER!

For many years my partner Rob and I travelled around the UK  staying  in Bed & Breakfasts.   Some were absolutely  charming, with equally charming hosts. Others were….well pretty awful  (read ‘Unravelling With My Aunt’  on this website and you will get the picture). But as  we both

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The SWEET LIFE, A CONFECTIONARY TOUR OF ENGzlAND.

The SWEET LIFE, A CONFECTIONARY TOUR OF ENGzlAND.

  Hello from Editor Des and some English friends Well I have been traveling around England and OH MY WORD, I do like all the lollies here. I have to remember to call them sweets though, because English  people think lollies are only  on sticks! I thought

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WILLIAM WIMMERA

WILLIAM WIMMERA

WILLIAM WIMMERA, CHILD  OF  THE  WOTJOBALUK   The ruins of Ebenezer Aboriginal Mission are located near the tiny, West Wimmera  settlement of Antwerp, 22 kilometres north of Dimboola, in western Victoria.  Strangely enough, the history of the mission is entwined with  that of  a young Aboriginal boy,

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FLANDERS; FOOD FOR BODY AND SOUL!

FLANDERS; FOOD FOR BODY AND SOUL!

OLD MEMORIES LINGER! I grew up on a hilltop farm in Tasmania….next stop ANTARCTICA!  In winter,  biting  winds and sleet often prompted my  father’s diary entries to  begin, “Very rough day!”  No wonder we appreciated  my mother’s  ‘comfort  cooking’ ; rabbit pies,  rich beef stews, pastries  and

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MUSEE LA PISCINE AT ROUBAIX

 MUSEE LA PISCINE AT ROUBAIX

Hello.  Here is the  first article from my trip to Lille, in northern France. Pauline Conolly helped me, but not very much. Dr Bob Conolly  took the photographs.  I hope you like our work. Editor Des.  xxx IN THE BEGINNING In 1932 an architect from Lille called

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FUNGI, FANGS AND FEATHERS: BLUE MOUNTAINS WILDLIFE

FUNGI, FANGS  AND FEATHERS: BLUE MOUNTAINS WILDLIFE

****  DO  NOT READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU ARE AFRAID OF CREEPY  CRAWLIES! I consider myself  very fortunate to live in the beautiful Blue Mountains of New South Wales.  I often post images of spring blossom or  spectacular autumn foliage on Facebook,  but I do face  certain

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TRIALS OF TRAVEL

TRIALS OF TRAVEL

I recently read that the word travel is derived from the medieval Latin – trepalium;  ‘an instrument of torture made from three sharp spikes’. On reading this I fancied I heard the ghost of Captain James Cook muttering;  ‘So now you tell me….!’ On Sunday, February 14th

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REDISCOVERING HISTORIC SYDNEY

I spend most my life buried away in the Blue Mountains…and I don’t even eat gum leaves!  Anyway, Pauline took me on a little tour of Sydney recently.  She wrote a story about it, but I had to cross out  lots of rubbish that she wanted to

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EVE’S PARADISE: WOMEN IN THE AUSTRALIAN BUSH

EVE'S PARADISE: WOMEN IN THE AUSTRALIAN BUSH

A CELEBRATION OF WOMEN IN THE AUSTRALIAN BUSH UPDATED OCTOBER 2017   The spectre of climate change and periods of prolonged drought have created  an upsurge of interest in the growing of  Australian native plants. However, we have been  slow to embrace them. I suspect  this would

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SIFTED AND STIRRED – COOKBOOK NOSTALGIA

SIFTED AND STIRRED - COOKBOOK NOSTALGIA

MEMORIES FROM  AUSTRALIAN RECIPE BOOKS One autumn I gathered cherry laurel berries from around my Blue Mountains  village of Blackheath with the intention of making jam. The laurel is a classified as weed here, so I was also  reducing the chance of bower birds and king parrots

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