MEMORIAL PARK’S BOWER – THE NEW TENANT

MEMORIAL PARK'S BOWER - THE NEW TENANT

After a residency of some years, the satin bowerbird in Soldier’s Memorial Park at Blackheath departed his well known property. It was very sad for those of us who had been observing him. We watched with interest as the local ban on plastic straws changed his treasure

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EXCITING NEW DIRECTIONS FOR THE BLACKHEATH GENERAL STORE

EXCITING NEW DIRECTIONS FOR THE BLACKHEATH GENERAL STORE

The Blackheath General Store café, in conjunction with next door’s long-standing Piedmont Inn, celebrated its 3rd birthday by launching an exciting new venture; a fantastic programme of cultural events and workshops. What a line-up. I honestly think there must be something here for everyone. BELINDA AND GRANT

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APPRECIATION FOR A ‘VICTORY’ BY FIREFIGHTERS

APPRECIATION FOR A 'VICTORY' BY FIREFIGHTERS

You do have to admire the residents of Blackheath. A few weeks ago hundreds turned out on a near 40 degree day to thank firefighters and all the support organizations after the bushfires. How ironic that since then we have suffered a great deal of damage from

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WEEDS, BUT A HAVEN FOR BIRDS

WEEDS,  BUT A HAVEN FOR BIRDS

About 30 metres below the Park Avenue gates in Memorial Park at Blackheath is a huge thicket of invasive weeds; blackberries, ivy, scarlet montbretia, red hot pokers etc. A lone Japanese maple struggles to survive in the centre. The irony is that satin bowerbirds, wattle birds and

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DAVE DOWNEY, DOING HIS BIT IN BLACKHEATH

DAVE DOWNEY, DOING HIS BIT IN BLACKHEATH

Just before Christmas, as the bush fires crept ever closer to Blackheath and we all suffered in the heatwave, I photographed a little tractor and water tank in Wentworth Street. I assumed it must be someone’s home fire protection unit. Mind you, I did wonder about the

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THE WOOD DUCK QUADS

THE WOOD DUCK QUADS

Most Aussie wood duck couples produce very large broods. There are often a dozen or more chicks, but a local pair here in Blackheath have ended up with just four. I really don’t like to think what happened to the rest. The F word comes to mind,

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THE BLUE MOUNTAINS AND LITHGOW – OPEN FOR BUSINESS

THE BLUE MOUNTAINS  AND LITHGOW -  OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Hello, Editor Des here. Well we had nasty fires up here in the Blue Mountains at Christmas time. It was very scary for my guardian Pauline Conolly. However, Mr Bob Conolly and myself protected everything and were extremely brave…especially me if I may say so. But the

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THE DILEMMA OF TOXIC COMMUNITY SITES

THE DILEMMA OF TOXIC COMMUNITY SITES

It’s such a wonderful idea don’t you agree? Set up a community site where residents can seek and give advice, promote local events and businesses, support each other in times of crisis. Fantasic! Thousands of people join, but before long the trolls take over; those who simply

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ABSINTHE ‘THE GREEN FAIRY’ AT BLACKHEATH BAR AND BISTRO

ABSINTHE 'THE GREEN FAIRY' AT BLACKHEATH BAR AND BISTRO

Absinthe is a distilled, highly alcoholic drink. It is anise flavoured, derived from the plants wormwood, green anise and sweet fennel. It was popular in early 20thC Paris, especially among bohemian artists and writers such as Picasso, Proust, Vincent van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Edgar Allan Poe and Oscar

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A GRATEFUL BLUE MOUNTAINS COMMUNITY

We at Blackheath heaved a collective sigh of relief after the worst of the bushfire threat passed. A community afternoon tea was organized to express appreciation for the Rural Fire Service and all the other service groups who rally during these disasters. Yes, the damage to our

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