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ME AT 21, BY EDITOR DES

ME AT 21, BY EDITOR DES

Hello Peeps! I found this little poem about….well it’s about me. I thought it summed me up perfectly on the auspicious occasion of my 21st birthday. As to the ‘either end’ bit, well I do spend quite a bit of time with my bottom in the air.

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SOLO THE WONGA CHICK

SOLO THE WONGA CHICK

In 2020, admittedly a weird year for the entire world, our resident Wonga couple completely defied nature. Instead of breeding just once in spring, they churned out chicks almost continually. We live at Blackheath in the NSW Blue Mountains, so this meant they were nesting through heat,

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THE ‘MAYDA’ – ILL-FATED CONVICT TRANSPORT

THE 'MAYDA' - ILL-FATED CONVICT TRANSPORT

MAYDA….just one letter short of an S.O.S. THE MAYDA’S LAST PORT OF CALL WAS LAUNCESTON, TASMANIA. SHE SAILED ON APRIL 23 1846, RETURNING TO LONDON AFTER MAKING HER FIRST AND ONLY DELIVERY OF CONVICTS. EMBARKING WITH A HUMAN CARGO LONDON – On August 19 1845 the Morning

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THE SWEET SPINEBILL

THE SWEET SPINEBILL

The Eastern Spinebill always looks so neat in his grey and brown suit teamed with a white shirt. Only measuring about 15cms, his curved beak is almost as long as his body. I like to imagine him as a legal clerk, dipping into a pot of black

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PINNACLE ROAD

PINNACLE ROAD

Tasmania, as with most of the world, was coping with severe economic depression during the nineteen thirties. The State Government initiated capital works programmes to employ those who were ‘on sustenance’ as it was called. It was considered beneficial to the physical and mental welfare of the

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YES…SOMETIMES IT’S HOT IN BLACKHEATH!

YES...SOMETIMES IT'S HOT IN BLACKHEATH!

Finally, ‘properly’ hot days in our little part of the world. At my place I try to keep the birdbaths fresh and full for my sweet, feathered friends. Mind you, the rosellas and king parrots just shelter up in the trees when the temperature rises above 35

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THE CRABAPPLE

THE  CRABAPPLE

When we moved to Blackheath (Blue Mountains) twenty years ago there was a large crabapple in our garden. I suspect it was planted by a previous owner, a professor of architecture who established the garden in the 1960s. The tree scarcely bore any fruit and eventually I

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FARMS FIT FOR HEROES?

FARMS FIT FOR HEROES?

Soldier Settlement was a federal, but state administered initiative which began during WWI. Land was purchased by government to provide small farms for returning servicemen, often on leasehold. One person who applied was my great-uncle Arthur Singleton, from Ulverstone. With the 12th Battalion he had taken part

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THE CHRISTMAS WONGA TWINS

THE CHRISTMAS WONGA TWINS

The resident Wonga pigeons in our Blackheath garden have just completed their fifth hatching in this extraordinary year of 2020. The couple have been with us for a number of years, but had only ever had a single, spring hatching ……until now. We wondered if they sensed

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CHRISTMAS IN EGYPT WITH THE A.I.F.

CHRISTMAS IN EGYPT WITH THE A.I.F.

Our first troops left Australia in late October 1914 following the outbreak of World War I. They disembarked in Egypt at Alexandria, and were then moved to a vast encampment near Cairo, where they continued to train in the shadow of the great pyramids. Soon, it was

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