Autumn in Blackheath

Autumn in Blackheath

LEAF PEEPING IN AUTUMN I love my little  village of Blackheath. I do joke and call it Bleakheath, but only with affection.  It’s in the  upper Blue Mountains of New South Wales, so the seasons are well defined.  Spring is gorgeous and  snow  can occasionally transform it in

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Fungi; Flowers of the Fall

Fungi; Flowers of the Fall

                                       A FESTIVAL OF FUNGI Autumn is always stunning here in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, but  instead of looking up at the changing leaves I find myself enchanted  by all manner of beautiful fungi on tree trunks and stumps, and popping up through the leaf litter. I must confess 

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The Wonga Pigeon; a Flying Feather Pillow

The Wonga Pigeon; a Flying Feather Pillow

LET’S SPEND A WHILE WITH A WONGA Let me introduce……the Wonga pigeon. The name  derives from wonga-wonga,  an  Aboriginal name inspired by their call.  Mind you, I would describe it as a gentle ‘whoop whoop.’  Gentle, yes, but it can be heard more than a kilometre away.

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THE MYSTERY OF THE FOUR CAR CRASH

THE MYSTERY OF THE FOUR CAR CRASH

My partner and I were driving to Sydney from the Blue Mountains one Sunday when we were caught up in the most horrendous traffic jam. After inching along for half an hour or so we were diverted off the Great Western Highway….into another  dreadful jam.  Apparently there

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LETTERS TO SANTA

LETTERS TO SANTA

WRITING  TO SANTA IS A SERIOUS BUSINESS; AN  ILLUSTRATED ESSAY BY EDITOR DES…. ER, THAT’S ME! Well here is a letter  written by a little Australian  boy called Paddy, exactly one hundred years ago.   Who do you think Paddy was? (see answer at the bottom of

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HOW TO ENJOY CHRISTMAS STANDING ON YOUR HEAD!

HOW TO ENJOY CHRISTMAS STANDING ON YOUR HEAD!

CHRISTMAS DOWN-UNDER John O’Grady once wrote a best selling  book called, They’re a Weird Mob.  It was about Australians and yes….we are a bit strange.  What do you expect when we live in an upside down world? Our fair country  was  described in Alice in Wonderland  as

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OH CHRISTMAS TREE!

OH CHRISTMAS TREE!

Hello, Editor Des here,   Well I have been searching  all over Sydney for the best Christmas tree. I found the first one in Cremorne when we were having a little holiday. I thought I really set it off.  I’m a true ornament.  Hahaha. Red and green

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TAKE A JUMP! – AUSSIE WOOD DUCKS.

TAKE A JUMP! - AUSSIE WOOD DUCKS.

HEAVENS ABOVE….DUCKS! I wandered out into the garden one  spring morning and heard a soft clucking coming from high in a gum tree.  It was a goose like duck, which was soon joined by a wooing male. Such handsome birds. They are Australian native wood ducks, and 

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ALL STOPS TO KATOOMBA; AND THE PERFECT PIZZA

ALL STOPS TO KATOOMBA; AND THE PERFECT PIZZA

In  Australia’s bicentennial year of 2000, artist Vernon Treweeke completed a mural of  an imagined  night train journey  through the villages of the magnificent Blue Mountains of New South Wales. The mural decorates the walls of the pedestrian  tunnel beneath  Katoomba station. Three  of the villages were

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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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