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THE BRAVE CATS OF WAR

THE BRAVE CATS OF WAR

I must thank my friend Rosie Wood for mentioning the possible role of cats in warfare. I can’t remember how the subject came up now, but my research produced some interesting results. For example, at Gallipoli and in France they played an important role in controlling vermin

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HALLOWEEN IN THE MISTY MOUNTAINS

HALLOWEEN IN THE MISTY MOUNTAINS

In the northern hemisphere, Halloween is celebrated during fall, when  landscapes are wreathed in eerie mist. Here in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales we are supposed to be in the full glory of spring, but  there can be some surprisingly  appropriate weather. There are haunting 

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THE GRAND OLD CHERRY TREES OF BLACKHEATH

THE GRAND OLD CHERRY TREES OF BLACKHEATH

The village of Leura in the upper Blue Mountains is famous for its main street avenue of flowering cherry trees. However, even higher up there is Blackheath, with its own very special ‘cherry walk.’ From the Lithgow Mercury on October 12 1953; In 1953, the women residents

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INGENUITY IN HARD TIMES..DEPRESSION ERA DINING

INGENUITY IN HARD TIMES..DEPRESSION ERA DINING

One feature of  cooking during the Great Depression, especially in rural areas, was home made kitchen ware.  I especially like the creativity of the flour sifter; Flour reminds me of my husband’s family, who owned Conolly’s flour mill in Goulburn. It’s an unfortunate truth, but they did

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SWEET OLD SYDNEY

SWEET OLD SYDNEY

Have you ever visited Angel Place, just off Martin Place in Sydney?  Its hanging birdcages  are a touching memorial to the city’s lost birds, forced ever westward over the years of white settlement. If you listen carefully you can hear their recorded songs and calls over the

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THE CRANKY CORMORANT OF BLACKHEATH

THE CRANKY CORMORANT OF BLACKHEATH

JUST LET ME BE! Honestly, the resident pied cormorant at Blackheath duck pond  is the crabbiest looking creature imaginable. I have no idea if this cormorant is  male or female.  I presume  it finds a partner and breeds each year, but as far as I can see

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An Old Weber Never Dies.

An Old Weber Never Dies.

As with most Australians, the  ubiquitous Weber bar-b-que was part of my life for many years. And yes, it even produced our Christmas turkey on a couple of occasions. In all its glory But somehow we lost our passion for bar-b-ques and the old Weber was retired

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THE GREAT VEGEMITE COMPETITION!

THE GREAT VEGEMITE COMPETITION!

Vegemite was developed  by Australian businessman Fred Walker, in opposition to the UK’s Marmite. It was first sold in 1924.  I was amused to discover that  he briefly marketed it as Parwill  (as in Pa will, Ma might.) In October 1926  an advertisement in Sydney’s  Sunday Times

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GUARDIANS OF THE SILVEREYES

GUARDIANS OF THE SILVEREYES

It’s hard to believe that many of these tiny silvereyes migrate annually from Tasmania to as far north as southern Queensland. What an epic journey for them.  Back in the mid 19thC a wild  storm swept a flock to New Zealand, where they have been  living happily

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EDITOR DES UNDER ARREST!

EDITOR DES UNDER ARREST!

Hello, Editor Des here. I have to be very brave about writing this, because I am still a bit traumatized. Well I went to Sydney with my guardian Pauline Conolly this week week. She wanted to do a bit of shopping and other stuff at the big

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