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Sydney’s WWII Home Front

Sydney's  WWII Home Front

HOME FRONT IN THE HARBOUR CITY It’s easy to forget just how concerned  ordinary Australians were for their safety during World War II. This was not without reason, given the bombing of Darwin and the arrival of Japanese midget submarines in Sydney Harbour.   A giant metal

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BY GUM, IT’S CHRISTMAS!

BY GUM, IT'S CHRISTMAS!

One Christmas when I was a child my father brought home a gum bough as an alternative to the traditional pine tree. We all loved it, especially the scent of eucalyptus through the house. My mother was delighted to have  a break from falling pine needles. Since

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The Love of Lavender

The Love of Lavender

I’ve always loved lavender. When I was a child  in Tasmania we used to buy quaint cardboard dolls with muslin aprons full of dried English lavender. My mother didn’t grow it as far as I remember, but the island state  is home to the  remarkable Bridestowe  farm.

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CHRISTMAS IN BLACKHEATH

CHRISTMAS IN BLACKHEATH

CHRISTMAS IS NIGH       As Christmas approaches I love looking back at seasonal celebrations in my  Blue Mountains village of Blackheath. The following is from The Lithgow Mercury in 1909; There was very little stir here during Christmas, and everything passed off quietly. On Boxing

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MASTERS OF DISGUISE – THE FROGMOUTHS

MASTERS OF DISGUISE - THE FROGMOUTHS

FROGMOUTHS HIDE IN PLAIN SIGHT Can any bird or animal camoflague  itself as successfully as the Australian  Tawny Frogmouth? They are truly astonishing. The only way I can find them in my garden  is to look for  splashes of their droppings below mature eucalypts . None of

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THE KATOOMBA POET…….EVERY WORD A PEARL!

THE KATOOMBA POET.......EVERY WORD A PEARL!

In 1928 the  Sydney publishers Angus and Robertson received an enquiry letter and sample poem from a Mr F. C. Meyers of Katoomba, in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. To say they were not impressed is something of an under-statement.   Now you might imagine

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RHODODENDRONS FOR REMEMBRANCE

RHODODENDRONS FOR REMEMBRANCE

During World War One, seventy seven  men from  the Blue Mountains community  of Blackheath   volunteered to serve.  Their names are engraved on the local war memorial. Six were killed in action; H. CULLEN, R. MURRAY, J. SKEEN, D. SPRAGUE, J. STEENSON, & R. THOMPSON.    

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ARE CURRAWONGS CUTE?

ARE CURRAWONGS CUTE?

I must admit that  Australia’s  pied currawongs do not have a great reputation. They are opportunists, preying on  unwary small birds and robbing the nests of others. I’ve never  forgiven a local gang of them for harassing our nesting tawny frogmouth and stealing the eggs. However,  apart

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The Waratah – history and folklore.

The Waratah - history and folklore.

 MOUNTAIN JEWELS The spectacular  waratah (Telopea)  is the state emblem of New South Wales, and  so much a part of the beautiful  Blue Mountains, where I live.  The plants flower  both in our gardens and in the local bush. They are part of our identity. In 1912,

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One Small Miracle – the Crimson Rosella

One Small Miracle - the Crimson Rosella

DISASTER! At three o’clock  one afternoon  this week my husband Rob called me outside. He looked very upset, and was holding a crimson rosella in an old towel. It had flown into one of the windows. We live in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, and

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