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

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OUR QUIRKY BLUE MOUNTAINS VILLAGES

OUR QUIRKY BLUE MOUNTAINS VILLAGES

So many communities in Australia are doing it tough right now, including the Blue Mountains Do come and visit once the pandemic is over. I include Lithgow and some villages on the Bells Line of Road. HERE WE GO… I am cheating and listing the towns and

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QUIET PLEASE, WRITER IN RESIDENCE!

QUIET PLEASE, WRITER IN RESIDENCE!

Recently a huge row broke out on a writers’ group when someone complained that people around her in a café were being too loud, But surely a café is primarily for social interaction rather than as a solo writer’s workplace?  Admittedly I am an old lady ,

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GNOME MATTER WHERE I ROAM!

GNOME MATTER WHERE I ROAM!

One day  Editor Des and I were walking the famous Thames Path near London (as one does) when we stumbled upon the tiniest gnome in the universe. He was standing on a pile of golden sovereigns at Putney.   I’m afraid Editor Des  quickly scoffed the coins,

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Toffee and Taffy, a Kookaburra love story.

Toffee and Taffy, a  Kookaburra love story.

A CONTINUING KOOKABURRA CONNECTION In June or July every  year a pair of kookaburras arrive in my garden at Blackheath, in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. The rest of the time  I only see them in the distance, and hear them laughing  and chattering with

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CLIMATE CHANGE & A LONELY COCKATOO!

CLIMATE CHANGE & A  LONELY  COCKATOO!

AUTUMN GOES ALL AWRY Here in the Blue Mountains we  had an unusually  warm, dry autumn.  The fear is that this is due to global warming.  I really enjoyed the warmth, but it was confusing for our plants.  Spring bulbs were popping up before the autumn leaves

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WINDOWS ON BLACKHEATH

WINDOWS ON BLACKHEATH

As the original cottages of Blackheath slowly disappear we lose something special….beautiful old windows with  coloured glass panes or leadlights. Some are  very simple; an inexpensive way of adding a little elegance to a humble home.  Light is  the operative word of course. When  the rays of

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