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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GANG-GANGS; CLOWNS OF THE TREE TOPS.

GANG-GANGS; CLOWNS OF THE TREE TOPS.

WELL HELLO AGAIN GANG-GANGS! After not seeing Gang-gang cockatoos in my Blue Mountains garden for several years I was delighted when  a lively group arrived a couple of weeks ago.  There were lured by the ripening seeds on my various wattle trees  (acacias). They have been returning

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THE CUTE AND CLEVER THORNBILLS

THE CUTE AND CLEVER THORNBILLS

I have obtained permission from my two ‘boss’  brown thornbills to write a  little  story about them and their relatives. We have a  resident group in our Blue Mountains garden. They are really small; about 10cm long. They weigh in at around 7 grammes apiece. My darling

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BLACKHEAT – SERIOUSLY SUMMER!

BLACKHEAT - SERIOUSLY SUMMER!

    My beloved Blue Mountains village of Blackheath has long been the butt of jokes regarding its chilly location.  Bleakheath, Lackheat…..yes yes, we deal with these corruptions of our name with good natured  humour.  But remember…we are closer to heaven than our neighbours down the hill! 

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BLACKHEATH’S CHRISTMAS MARKET

BLACKHEATH'S CHRISTMAS MARKET

The Growers’ Markets in Backheath are always wonderful, but there was something a bit special about the twilight Christmas market last night. My partner and I arrived early when the stallholders were still setting up around 4.00pm. You simply cannot celebrate the  festive season without cherries. We

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Cinnamon Bells; a Strange Little Australian Orchid

Cinnamon Bells; a Strange Little Australian Orchid

I have a very strange orchid in my Blue Mountains garden. Its botanical name is Gastrodia sesamoides. This  leafless, Australian native has been dubbed the Potato Orchid, as the tubers the plants grow from were  roasted and eaten by Aborigines (particularly the Wurundjeri  people of central Victoria).  They

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CROSSING THE LINE IN BLACKHEATH

CROSSING THE LINE IN BLACKHEATH

  Despite living in Blackheath for 17 years, I’m embarrassed to admit that  I still make new discoveries. Hard to believe I know….it’s not exactly a huge metropolis.  In this instance it was the small business centre over the railway line in Station Street.  What a revelation. 

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Editor Des and the Wild Cherries of Blackheath

Editor Des and the Wild Cherries of Blackheath

Hello,   Well my guardian Pauline Conolly and I  have been documenting the life of a satin bowerbird. It lives in Memorial Park, Blackheath, here in the Blue Mountains. I’ve become quite friendly with him. Sometimes I take him a blue treasure, because he collects them to

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