MOTHER NATURE’S QUILTS AND CARPETS

MOTHER NATURE'S QUILTS AND  CARPETS

AXMINSTERS OF THE EARTH OK, eyes down, gardeners and nature lovers! I know there are wonderful carpets of blossom in spring,  but autumn is definitely the  main period for appreciating Mother Nature’s work. It’s one of the main reasons I moved from Sydney to the Blue Mountains

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LIKE ANTIQUES? LOVE BLACKHEATH!

LIKE ANTIQUES? LOVE BLACKHEATH!

I spend far more time (and money)  than I should in the huge, Victory Theatre Antiques Centre in Govett’s Leap Road, Blackheath.   There is a vintage fashion section upstairs. Now I’m not a real fan, but this 1960s clutch bag has accompanied me to many functions.

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AUTUMN BIRDS OF BLACKHEATH

AUTUMN BIRDS OF BLACKHEATH

Autumn is a busy time for the birds in our Blackheath garden.  So many seeds to snack on, so many fallen leaves to scrabble about in.  And I swear there are those who  just  know they look good against a blaze of colour. The cheeky rascal below

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APRIL IN BLACKHEATH

APRIL IN BLACKHEATH

By April, autumn is well under way in the upper Blue Mountains. Today I checked some likely spots in Blackheath for  ‘fairy’ toadstools. This was taken at the intersection of Wentworth Street and Gardiner’s Crescent. There are lots more popping up. The bowerbird in Memorial Park is

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‘PARK-GATE’ – MEMORIAL PARK, BLACKHEATH

'PARK-GATE'  -  MEMORIAL PARK, BLACKHEATH

  The  Park Avenue entrance gates to  Blackheath’s Memorial Park were funded by public subscription.  They were officially opened on May 18 1938, by  Minister for Works and Local Government Mr Eric  Spooner. The  project  commemorated the reign of King George V (1910-1936). 300 people turned up

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VICTORY CAFE, BLACKHEATH….THE PERFECT MEAL THAT BROKE MY HEART

VICTORY CAFE, BLACKHEATH....THE PERFECT MEAL THAT BROKE MY HEART

My partner Rob and I intended dining at the new Blackheath Bar and BIstro last Saturday night, but it was a bit busy. Instead, we had a drink to wish the owners well,  then  walked along to the Victory Café.  It was pretty early, so no problem

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LATE SUMMER WALK IN BLACKHEATH

LATE SUMMER WALK  IN BLACKHEATH

Mid February, and in my  Blackheath garden the banksia serratas are in bloom. They are loved by all the honeyeaters, but especially Wattlebirds and Eastern Spinebills. Bees are visiting the native lilly-pilly flowers on the bush outside Slurps café, in Wentworth Street. I know there must be

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A BIRD LOVER’S VALENTINE CARD

A BIRD LOVER'S VALENTINE CARD

When you have a large garden filled with birds there are lots of  opportunities to create photographic images for occasions such as Christmas and New Year.  So why not Valentine’s Day?  Admittedly I’ve been married over 40 years, but Rob is still my knight in shining armour.

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THE BLACKHEATH GLASS BLOWER

THE BLACKHEATH GLASS BLOWER

MASTER OF THE ART OF GLASS How lucky we Blackheathens are to have someone as talented as  glass artist Keith Rowe in our midst. He built the huge furnace  pictured below himself, back in 1990.  His work is represented in public and private galleries around the world.

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STRANGE TWIST IN THE TALE OF MR BOWERBIRD.

STRANGE TWIST IN THE TALE OF MR BOWERBIRD.

It has been a long courting season for the bowerbird in Blackheath’s Memorial Park.  I began monitoring his ‘boudoir’  in mid August 2018. Without doubt it was one of the most beautiful,  symmetrically arranged collections of blue treasures I had ever seen. WOOING IS A WEARYSOME BUSINESS

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