THE WONGA NURSERY, A WONDER OF NATURE

THE WONGA NURSERY, A  WONDER OF NATURE

I have to confess that I am a bit obsessed with our native Wonga pigeons. They are so gentle and engaging. They wander around the garden paths in my Blue Mountains garden every day, just as I do myself. Our long term, resident pair nest high in

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LEURA – WHAT’S IN A NAME?

LEURA - WHAT'S IN A NAME?

I must thank fellow Blue Mountains resident Stephanie Moxham for alerting me to this story. Stephanie posted the following letter on a local history FB site. It had been published In The Katoomba Daily on Saturday, May 25 1935. To the Editor Sir, – Mr George B.

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APPLES….OH THE ANGST!

APPLES....OH THE ANGST!

Growing fruit in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales is a challenge, and apples are no exception. Oh dear, so much competition from the wildlife, including bush rats, possums, parrots and satin bowerbirds! I suspect a possum is the culprit in the following photo. Crimson rosella

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THE SWEET SPINEBILL

THE SWEET SPINEBILL

The Eastern Spinebill always looks so neat in his grey and brown suit teamed with a white shirt. Only measuring about 15cms, his curved beak is almost as long as his body. I like to imagine him as a legal clerk, dipping into a pot of black

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A.A. HIGGS, A SYDNEY BOOT SELLER

A.A. HIGGS, A SYDNEY BOOT SELLER

In the late 19th century Albert  Higgs established a profitable boot and shoe store in William Street, Darlinghurst. The location became known as Higgs’ Corner. Custom-made footwear drew wealthy city customers, while country folk could order from illustrated catalogues. The following advertisement appeared in The Catholic Press

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EDITOR DES AND THE SKINK FAMILY

EDITOR DES AND THE SKINK FAMILY

How beautiful Australia’s Eastern Water Skinks are, with their gorgeous, coppery colouring. My associate Editor Des has made friends with the family that live under our old cement terrace, here at Blackheath in the Blue Mountains. There are actually two branches of the same family, one in

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YES…SOMETIMES IT’S HOT IN BLACKHEATH!

YES...SOMETIMES IT'S HOT IN BLACKHEATH!

Finally, ‘properly’ hot days in our little part of the world. At my place I try to keep the birdbaths fresh and full for my sweet, feathered friends. Mind you, the rosellas and king parrots just shelter up in the trees when the temperature rises above 35

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THE CRABAPPLE

THE  CRABAPPLE

When we moved to Blackheath (Blue Mountains) twenty years ago there was a large crabapple in our garden. I suspect it was planted by a previous owner, a professor of architecture who established the garden in the 1960s. The tree scarcely bore any fruit and eventually I

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CUCKOO DOVE IN SEARCH OF SHELTER

CUCKOO DOVE IN SEARCH OF SHELTER

Honestly, it has been so damn wet in the Blue Mountains this summer, especially in Blackheath. Drip drip,drip, through the trees. It’s enough to drive you cuckoo….haha, that’s a joke because I am a cuckoo, a rather handsome brown one. 🤣 Well I’m more dove really…..defo not

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THE CHRISTMAS WONGA TWINS

THE CHRISTMAS WONGA TWINS

The resident Wonga pigeons in our Blackheath garden have just completed their fifth hatching in this extraordinary year of 2020. The couple have been with us for a number of years, but had only ever had a single, spring hatching ……until now. We wondered if they sensed

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