THE STIRRINGS OF SPRING

THE STIRRINGS OF SPRING

]  It was that period in the vernal quarter when we may suppose the Dryads to be waking for the season. The vegetable world begins to move and swell and the saps to rise, till in the completest silence of lone gardens and trackless plantations, where everything

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PAULINE CONOLLY’S GARDEN: THE SHOCKING TRUTH!

PAULINE CONOLLY'S GARDEN: THE SHOCKING TRUTH!

Hello, You know how Pauline  Conolly posts  rather showoffy pictures of her garden?  Well I’m about to take her down a peg or two, hahaha.  Made a little bicycle  tour the other day and by gum there are some pretty dire ‘blots’ ! Here I go down

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EVE’S PARADISE: WOMEN IN THE AUSTRALIAN BUSH

EVE'S PARADISE: WOMEN IN THE AUSTRALIAN BUSH

A CELEBRATION OF WOMEN IN THE AUSTRALIAN BUSH UPDATED OCTOBER 2017   The spectre of climate change and periods of prolonged drought have created  an upsurge of interest in the growing of  Australian native plants. However, we have been  slow to embrace them. I suspect  this would

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SIFTED AND STIRRED – COOKBOOK NOSTALGIA AT CHRISTMAS

SIFTED AND STIRRED - COOKBOOK NOSTALGIA AT CHRISTMAS

MEMORIES FROM OLD  RECIPE BOOKS We all become a bit nostalgic around Christmas, especially when it comes to food. On of my favourite photos is of my  mother making Kiss biscuits with her grandchildren back in the 19980s. Katey and Graeme now have children of their own.

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BLUE MOUNTAINS – A HAPLESS TRAVELLER

  My partner  Rob and I are making our way home from Sydney to the Blue Mountains by rail; a two hour journey. As the train begins to climb, an American lady sitting behind us asks  someone a question across the aisle; ‘Excuse me, will I know

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THE DAY BRADMAN HIT A TON FOR BLACKHEATH!

THE DAY BRADMAN HIT A TON FOR BLACKHEATH!

Hello….Editor Des here. Well it’s all sport, sport, sport in our household at the moment, so I thought I would write a piece about a famous cricketer!  By the way, the local coach once told me that I had a great future as twelfth man for Blackheath

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SCONES RHYMING WITH DONS

SCONES RHYMING WITH DONS

WHAT IS A SCONE? According to the Bloomsbury Dictionary of Word Origins, the word scone derives from the Dutch  schoonbrood –  schoon  meaning  bright, white or beautiful and brood meaning bread, hence; ‘fine white bread’ .    It made its way into Scottish English and did not become

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Brave New Look For Blackheath Loo

  In The Beginning Yes, well Pauline thinks this touristy story is not very nice because it’s  mostly about ….a lavatory. But first  I have to give you a bit of background information. In 1985 the very  famous artist and fashion designer Jenny Kee, who lives in 

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Des Visits Wind Eroded Cave & Anvil Rock, Blackheath

Des Visits Wind Eroded Cave  & Anvil Rock, Blackheath

A Double Bunger Day Out, by Editor Des Hello down there! Here’s my first travel /history article  and yes  I have had a little  help from  my friend Dr Bob.  I am stepping into the  breach (that’s a  cliché,  but a good one) for my guardian  Pauline

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