Posts Tagged Blackheath

WORDS ON AUSTRALIAN BIRDS

WORDS ON AUSTRALIAN BIRDS

 RASH WORDS ON BIRDS! I once made a somewhat provocative statement on social media declaring Australia’s Foster Clarks custard powder to be superior to the UK  Bird’s brand.   It was absolutely true, but see that flag on the British product?  I should have known I was

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UP THE GARDEN PATH

UP THE  GARDEN PATH

You can never have too many paths within a garden, either. I love to have them  winding everywhere.  If my husband says I should get rid of one for some pragmatic reason I say ….. definitely not!  Edna Walling, the Australian garden designer, once said that if your paths are

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ALTITUDE CAFE; FULL OF AUSSIE ICONS

ALTITUDE CAFE; FULL OF AUSSIE ICONS

I was a bit disappointed when Blackheath’s Altitude Café moved earlier this year, even if it was only next door. It had lost some of its ambience I thought. However, when I called in last week everything had changed. One whole wall was devoted to a series

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WINTER WALK IN BLACKHEATH

WINTER WALK IN BLACKHEATH

  There is a reason why the Blue Mountains village of  Blackheath is affectionately dubbed Bleakheath. Recently someone (not mentioning any names, Kim) asked me to write a winter post. So here it is. My husband often has to venture out with the kettle to defrost the bird

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James Leslie; Blackheath Benefactor.

James Leslie; Blackheath Benefactor.

For many years a retired grazier  from Forbes, Mr James Smart Leslie, had a home in the Blue Mountains at Blackheath. He named it Balquhain, after an ancestral property in Scotland. When WWI broke out, Mr Leslie and his wife Elizabeth (Betsy) were anxious to help. ‘I

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LICHENS; NATURE’S ART

LICHENS; NATURE'S ART

Here in the upper Blue Mountains we have an amazing variety of lichens. I suppose it’s because we get a lot of mist and rain. Tree trunks, stumps, rocks, fences….they are all magically  transformed.     Below is a variety of lichen on an ornamental cherry tree.

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BLACKHEATH DUCK POND

BLACKHEATH DUCK POND

Blackheath duck pond is close enough to my garden to be my personal water feature. Hardly  a day goes by without me wandering past it. The traction engine below was used to excavate the original dams, which evolved into the  pond. The dams were used to hold

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WRITING MY WAY AROUND BLACKHEATH

WRITING MY WAY AROUND BLACKHEATH

Writers spend  lot of time alone, so it’s great to get out  occasionally to enjoy the social buzz of a café.  There are plenty to choose from in my Blue Mountains village of Blackheath. Altitude –  Good name for a café in the Blue Mountains. Last food

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BLACKHEATH GROWERS’ MARKET

BLACKHEATH GROWERS' MARKET

  What a joy the busy  Blackheath Growers’ Market is. Mind you, I’m glad I can walk up there. These days  people have to park their cars  almost down to my own house near the duck pond.   It’s held on the second Sunday of the month

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OUR QUIRKY BLUE MOUNTAINS VILLAGES

OUR QUIRKY BLUE MOUNTAINS VILLAGES

I am cheating here and listing the towns and villages  of the Blue Mountains alphabetically rather than by elevation. This is pure indulgence on my part so that  I can begin with; Blackheath, aka Bleakheath – Ranks first in this list and first in my Blackheathen heart.

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