HERO HYDRANGEAS – LIKE A HUG FROM YOUR MUM

HERO HYDRANGEAS - LIKE A HUG FROM YOUR MUM

Who would imagine that dear old hydrangeas would hold up so well during the recent fires and heatwave conditions in the Blue Mountains? The origin of the name seems to contradict the very notion that they would! ‘First discovered in Japan, the name hydrangea comes from the

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FIRE! – DOES WHAT I PACK DEFINE ME?

FIRE! -  DOES WHAT  I PACK DEFINE  ME?

I was reluctant to even consider that my partner Rob and I may have to evacuate during the Christmas bush fire at Blackheath. However, in the end there were burnt leaves and bits of charcoal flying everywhere. We were determined to stay and defend our new home,

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WANDERING UP TO BLACKHEATH VILLAGE IN THE HEATWAVE

WANDERING  UP  TO BLACKHEATH VILLAGE IN THE HEATWAVE

Time to be out and about now the fire risk has subsided. My own garden is a disaster, with only the natives and hydrangeas holding up. But how is everything else going in this awful heatwave I wonder? Well, to my great surprise an ibis has taken

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CRISIS CHRISTMAS 2019

CRISIS CHRISTMAS 2019

And so Christmas in the Blue Mountains village of Blackheath has come to an end. The saddest, happiest, strangest and scariest festive season I’ve experienced in the twenty years we have lived here. In mid December my husband Rob and I attended a delightful nativity play at

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MOUNT TOMAH BOTANIC GARDENS – HELD IN OUR HEARTS

MOUNT TOMAH BOTANIC GARDENS -  HELD IN OUR HEARTS

Here in the Blue Mountains we have a powerful emotional attachment to the glorious Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens. I remember how surprised I was when the entry fee was removed. How often does that happen anywhere? It’s not the issue of saving a few dollars that delights

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DECK THE BOUGHS….LEURA CHIC v OLD SCHOOL BLACKHEATH

DECK THE BOUGHS....LEURA CHIC v OLD SCHOOL BLACKHEATH

Here in the Blue Mountains the boughs of Leura’s main street avenue of cherry trees have been decorated for Christmas in a unique manner. Admittedly the seasonal creations have created some controversy, but I love them. They seem to suit Leura’s trendy, boutique shops and are quirky

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A CHRISTMAS PLAY IN A PUB

A CHRISTMAS PLAY IN A PUB

I never could resist a nativity play. They are usually performed by sweet little schoolchildren, so an adult version was something of a novelty for me. Titled, The Shepherds’ Play , it was held in the dining room of The New Ivanhoe Hotel last night. All seats

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CHRISTMAS CHEER AT BLACKHEATH CREATIVE

CHRISTMAS CHEER AT BLACKHEATH CREATIVE

Approaching the recently launched Blackheath Creative shop in Station Street there is a heavenly aroma from Christmassy scented candles. I stopped outside to chat to friends and they asked if I had some exotic perfume on. But don’t just wander past…..walk in! Everything here is locally sourced

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MISS MILLY’S BLACKHEATH NATURE WALK

MISS MILLY'S BLACKHEATH  NATURE WALK

My young friend Miss Milly has not always been comfortable around nature. Here she is hiding behind Editor Des when our Kookaburra called Taffy came to visit. She thought he might fly off with her to Govett’s Leap. Or pull her hair. Her idea of nature is

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RHODO FESTIVAL LEMONADE STALL -MARK II

RHODO FESTIVAL LEMONADE STALL -MARK II

It was a delight to see young ‘Blackheathens’ Luke and Fergus back at their lemonade stall in Soldiers’ Memorial Park this year during the Blackheath Rhododendron Festival. Apparently they made a decent profit in 2018, but I’m tipping an even better result this time around because they

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