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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A MISTY WALK IN BLACKHEATH

A MISTY WALK IN BLACKHEATH

I rather like misty days, they remind  me of cool flannels being placed on fevered brows. Our property adjoins the Blue Mountains’  National Park and sometimes bushwalkers  become disoriented, blundering  into my garden. I point them in the direction of Govett’s Leap, with a gentle warning to

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SATIN BOWERBIRD; COURTSHIP PHASE

SATIN BOWERBIRD; COURTSHIP PHASE

FOR THE FIRST CHAPTER, CLICK HERE. August 26 2018 – A second chapter in the life of Mr S. Bowerbird of  Memorial Park, Blackheath. It had been raining all day, converting many bottle caps in the bower  to miniature swimming pools. Poor Mr B.  was kept busy

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WORDS ON BIRDS…… AND CUSTARD!

WORDS ON BIRDS...... AND CUSTARD!

I once made a somewhat provocative statement on social media declaring Australia’s Foster Clarks custard powder to be superior to the UK  Bird’s brand.   It was absolutely true, but see that flag on the British product?  I should have known I was stirring up a cauldron

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UP THE GARDEN PATH

UP THE  GARDEN PATH

You can never have too many paths within a garden, either. I love to have them  winding everywhere.  If my husband says I should get rid of one for some pragmatic reason I say ….. definitely not!  Edna Walling, the Australian garden designer, once said that if your paths are

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ALTITUDE CAFE; FULL OF AUSSIE ICONS

ALTITUDE CAFE; FULL OF AUSSIE ICONS

I was a bit disappointed when Blackheath’s Altitude Café moved earlier this year, even if it was only next door. It had lost some of its ambience I thought. However, when I called in last week everything had changed. One whole wall was devoted to a series

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WINTER WALK IN BLACKHEATH

WINTER WALK IN BLACKHEATH

There is a reason why the Blue Mountains village of  Blackheath is affectionately dubbed Bleakheath. Recently someone (not mentioning any names, Kim) asked me to write a winter post. So here it is. My husband often has to venture out with the kettle to defrost the bird baths.

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James Leslie; Blackheath Benefactor.

James Leslie; Blackheath Benefactor.

For many years a retired grazier  from Forbes, Mr James Smart Leslie, had a  holiday home in the Blue Mountains at Blackheath. He named it Balquhain, after an ancestral property in Scotland. When WWI broke out, Mr Leslie and his wife Elizabeth (Betsy) were anxious to help.

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LICHENS; NATURE’S ART

LICHENS; NATURE'S ART

Here in the upper Blue Mountains we have an amazing variety of lichens. I suppose it’s because we get a lot of mist and rain. Tree trunks, stumps, rocks, fences….they are all magically  transformed.     Below is a variety of lichen on an ornamental cherry tree.

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