MILLY’S GARDEN VISIT IN BLACKHEATH

MILLY'S GARDEN VISIT IN BLACKHEATH

‘Could we please go somewhere without  Des, Pauline?’  This  pathetic plea came from Milly, who lives in the shade of her famous boyfriend, Editor Des. ‘Well of course we can Darling’, I said. I decided she might enjoy a walk to Campbell Rhododendron Garden in our  Blue

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LUKE’S LEMONADE STAND

LUKE'S LEMONADE STAND

Hello, Editor Des here, Well I was walking up to the Blackheath Rhododendron Festival  today when I spotted  one of my neighbours selling home made lemonade. It was opposite the swimming pool in Memorial Park. Actually Fergus was minding the shop while  the prop, propri…the owner Luke popped

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EDITOR DES ON A NATURE RAMBLE

EDITOR DES ON A NATURE  RAMBLE

Hello, Editor Des here. Well it’s springtime where I live in the Blue Mountains. All the flowers are out and the  birds start  singing so early  they wake me up while I’m still dreamin’. I thought it might be a nice time to go on a little

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LAUREL’S LITHODORA

LAUREL'S  LITHODORA

Like most people, I have a  garden full of plants given to me by friends and neighbours.  They are all very special. Some years ago I went on an outing to the home of Laurel Phillips, a life-member of our local garden club at Blackheath, in the

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LOVE YOUR BONNETS, GRANNY! (Aquilegias)

LOVE YOUR BONNETS, GRANNY! (Aquilegias)

How very beautiful are old-fashioned aquilegias, or colombines.   They are also known as granny’s bonnets. Bees love them.                   Here is an interesting piece on the plant’s name, published in 1927; A new explanation of the derivation of

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WHACKY WOOD DUCKS!

WHACKY WOOD DUCKS!

Patrick  and Polly, the Australian wood ducks are a very entertaining couple.  Patrick is just a little bit of an Aussie bogan. He loves his mullet cut;                 They reside at Blackheath duck pond in the Blue Mountains of New

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THE OLD CHERRY TREES OF BLACKHEATH

THE OLD CHERRY TREES OF BLACKHEATH

From the Lithgow Mercury on October 12 1953; In 1953, the women residents of Park Avenue in the Blue Mountains village of Blackheath decided their street needed a little beautification.  Let’s face it, the very  word ‘avenue’ suggests a  tree lined promenade.  Perhaps they also felt a

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SPRING WALK TO BLACKHEATH VILLAGE

SPRING WALK TO BLACKHEATH VILLAGE

A few days of rain and mist followed by two warm, sunny days and voila……it’s SPRING! Impossible to stay inside. Let’s pop up to Blackheath village. Mr and Mrs Wood Duck were taking a stroll as well. Soon they will be looking for a tree hollow to

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THE VICTORY ANTIQUES CENTRE

THE VICTORY ANTIQUES CENTRE

THE VICTORY….HEART OF ‘OLD’ BLACKHEATH The Victory Theatre opened in 1921 as The Arcadia.   Locals even enjoyed an early form of 3D.       It is now a vast antiques centre.  The bear (Editor Des) is not for sale, though sometimes I am sorely tempted

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Divine Daphne

My garden  in the chilly Blue Mountains has acid soil, which is why I grow azaleas, rhododendrons, hydrangeas…..and daphnes. At last count I had nine…..sorry, ten. What could be better than a shrub that flowers in mid winter and has one of the most heavenly perfumes imaginable?

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