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CIRQUE DU DUCK!

CIRQUE DU DUCK!

I live  just around the corner from the Blackheath duck pond, in the beautiful Blue Mountains. I’ve developed a special relationship with the  Australian wood ducks who live there. They are so  good natured and engaging. It occurred to me that they must get a little bored

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THE CUTE AND CLEVER THORNBILLS

THE CUTE AND CLEVER THORNBILLS

I have obtained permission from my two ‘boss’  brown thornbills to write a  little  story about them and their relatives. We have a  resident group in our Blue Mountains garden. They are really small; about 10cm long. They weigh in at around 7 grammes apiece. My darling

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BLACKHEAT – SERIOUSLY SUMMER!

BLACKHEAT - SERIOUSLY SUMMER!

    My beloved Blue Mountains village of Blackheath has long been the butt of jokes regarding its chilly location.  Bleakheath, Lackheat…..yes yes, we deal with these corruptions of our name with good natured  humour.  But remember…we are closer to heaven than our neighbours down the hill! 

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EDITOR DES AND THE LITERARY GIFT THAT SHOCKED SANTA!.

EDITOR DES AND THE LITERARY GIFT THAT SHOCKED SANTA!.

Christmas is a time for giving.  Even Editor Des is aware of this and realized he really ought to buy something for his guardian, Pauline Conolly.  But what exactly? She loves chocolate, but he wanted to get something  a little more imaginative and appropriate.  Hmm…… what might

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EDITOR DES AND THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS

EDITOR DES AND THE  SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS

Hello. It’s nearly Christmas and I have made my very own tree in the garden. I think I have done quite a good job. I pinc…borrowed the ornaments. Now last year I got into a bit of trouble about presents. My guardian Pauline Conolly thought I asked

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BLACKHEATH’S CHRISTMAS MARKET

BLACKHEATH'S CHRISTMAS MARKET

The Growers’ Markets in Backheath are always wonderful, but there was something a bit special about the twilight Christmas market last night. My partner and I arrived early when the stallholders were still setting up around 4.00pm. You simply cannot celebrate the  festive season without cherries. We

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TICK TOCK – SYDNEY’S POST OFFICE CLOCK

TICK TOCK - SYDNEY'S POST OFFICE CLOCK

When the James Barnet designed  Sydney G.P.O clock Tower was constructed in the 1890s there was a drawn-out dispute over the type of bells to be installed. Should the choice be traditional, heavy bells, or would a lighter, tubular variety be safer? Traditional won, but some still

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BOOZE IN A BAG!

BOOZE IN A BAG!

CRACKER OF AN IDEA MATE! The ubiquitous wine cask was invented by Mr Thomas Angrove, and patented in  1965. As you may have guessed, Thomas was an Aussie; a wine maker from Renmark in South Australia. His original version was fairly rudimentary. It was a polyethylene bladder 

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TASMANIA’S OWN ROAD RUNNERS

TASMANIA'S OWN ROAD RUNNERS

Tasmanian native hens were part of my 1950s rural childhood, but I must admit I gave them little thought.  This may be because they would  simply shoot across my vision like the  cartoon character  Roadrunner. They  are flightless, but can motor along  at up to 50 kilometres

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CROSSING THE LINE IN BLACKHEATH

CROSSING THE LINE IN BLACKHEATH

  Despite living in Blackheath for 17 years, I’m embarrassed to admit that  I still make new discoveries. Hard to believe I know….it’s not exactly a huge metropolis.  In this instance it was the small business centre over the railway line in Station Street.  What a revelation. 

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