WILL WE HAVE ANOTHER WONGA HATCHING THIS WINTER?

WILL WE HAVE  ANOTHER WONGA  HATCHING  THIS WINTER?

In this extraordinary year of 2020, our resident Wonga couple have been producing chicks throughout winter. Remember Peter Costello’s quote on offspring, ‘One for Mum, one for Dad and one for the country?‘ Well, they have truly taken this to heart. There have been two single ones,

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BIG DAY OUT FOR A LITTLE WONGA CALLED JUNE

BIG DAY OUT FOR A LITTLE  WONGA  CALLED JUNE

June the Wonga chick was hatched completely out of season, here in Blackheath in the Blue Mountains. It hasn’t been easy for the dear little one, with rain, sleet and heavy frosts to contend with. I call June ‘her‘ even though I don’t really know if that’s

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SWAGMAN AT THE IVANHOE HOTEL

SWAGMAN AT THE IVANHOE HOTEL

I was working on my book while lunching at Blackheath’s art deco New Ivanhoe Hotel recently, and also completing my survey of local pies. This one was beef, thankfully without kidneys! As I was gazing in bemusement at the giant side-serve of gravy (wot, no tomato sauce?),

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HOSTILE DESIGN

HOSTILE DESIGN

Recently, on the way home to Blackheath in the Blue Mountains, I had to change trains at Springwood. It had been a long, tiring day, but were there any seats on the platform? No, just a bloomin’ rail to prop myself against! It made me think about

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PROFESSOR CHAPMAN; HIS SHOCK DEATH AND THE REVELATIONS THAT FOLLOWED

PROFESSOR CHAPMAN; HIS  SHOCK DEATH AND THE REVELATIONS THAT FOLLOWED

FOR THE FIRST PART OF THIS STORY CLICK HERE.   On May 25, 1934, Professor Henry Chapman was suddenly taken ill while at work in the Physics Building at Sydney University. He  was rushed to hospital, but could not be revived. Initially it was assumed he had suffered a

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LIVING IN A BLACKHEATH BIRD HIDE

LIVING IN A  BLACKHEATH BIRD HIDE

A little paradise in the Mountains. FEATHERING MY NEST Living in what very much resembles  a bird hide would not be to everyone’s taste, but it suits me.   My mini home is surrounded by trees and shrubs…predominantly  Australian natives, but certainly not exclusively. Is is actually a studio apartment,

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MAGIC MUSHROOMS

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

Hello from Editor Des,                              MY MUSHROOMS Well my guardian Pauline Conolly wrote a story  about fungi the other day  called Fungi: Flowers of the Fall .  So I thought I would do a better one. Mine is about very special, magic mushrooms. I think you will love it

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SOCIAL HISTORY AND THE SATIN BOWERBIRD

SOCIAL HISTORY AND THE SATIN BOWERBIRD

THE ENGAGING BOWERBIRD Perhaps the most entertaining and interesting  birds in my garden are the  Australian Satin Bowerbirds. The difference in appearance  between females and juveniles and the adult male is hard to believe.  Initially the birds are olive green, with cream and brown  scalloped chests,  bronze

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EDITOR DES – HIS VERY OWN GARDEN

EDITOR DES - HIS VERY OWN GARDEN

THE BIRTH OF A GARDEN Well  people who know me may remember I  once had ideas of becoming a barista, to supplement my meagre editor’s wages. This didn’t work out so well, because I couldn’t get the crema quite right. Anyway, after my guardian Pauline  Conolly  accidentally

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EDITOR DES – BEAR OF UNBOUNDED TALENT

EDITOR DES - BEAR OF UNBOUNDED TALENT

  INTRODUCING EDITOR DES OF BLACKHEATH Thanks for agreeing to this interview Editor Des.  I must say,  you are the personification of sartorial elegance today. A. Thank you. I bought this suit in a posh shop at Henley-on-Thames. Well that’s in England. It does look quite expensive. 

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