THE VERY BEST SWEETS, INCLUDING AN AUSSIE HERO

THE VERY BEST SWEETS, INCLUDING  AN AUSSIE HERO

When my husband Rob and I were living in England we used to buy boxes of special fudge, made by The Toffee Shop at Penrith, in the Lake District. We actually bought it at Fortnum and Mason in London. It was packaged for the charity The Princes

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CHRISTMAS IN OLDE BLACKHEATH

CHRISTMAS IN OLDE BLACKHEATH

The Blue Mountains town of Blackheath has always attracted visitors during the festive season. The following report appeared in the Lithgow Mercury, dated January 6 1899; BLACKHEATH – According to reports from different towns the railway traffic to the Mountains this Christmas and New Year has largely

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TINY TREASURES IN BLACKHEATH’S OLD TYTHE BARN

TINY TREASURES IN BLACKHEATH'S OLD TYTHE BARN

Up by the railway station in the Blue Mountains village of Blackheath is the sweetest, most delightfully idiosyncratic gift and hobby shop imaginable…. the Old Tythe Barn. If that name conjures an image of a vast agricultural building (it did for me), then you are in for

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CURRAWONG CASHES IN ON CICADA SEASON

CURRAWONG CASHES IN ON CICADA SEASON

MID AUGUST 2020 – I was creating a new garden bed recently when I spotted a currawong gathering roots for its nest. A yellow robin on the look-out for worms was watching on with a wary eye. The currawong nest was constructed high in a eucalypt (local

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GOODBYE TO MR WHEELER – A FINE OLD CAMELLIA

GOODBYE TO MR WHEELER - A FINE OLD CAMELLIA

The Camellia japonica R.T. Wheeler is very hardy and produces enormous, variegated blooms. I have picked so many to fill various containers So why on earth would I want to banish it? Well, in my Blackheath garden the camellia was growing between two red blooming trees, just

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HOUNSLOW AT BLACKHEATH

HOUNSLOW AT BLACKHEATH

When it was announced that there was to be a new cafe in the Collier Arcade at Blackheath my associate Editor Des and I were very excited. We love to do a little writing over a working lunch. It’s a lot quieter in the arcade than out

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STOP THE WANTON WONGAS!

STOP THE WANTON WONGAS!

WANTON – Collins Dictionary definition……..Sexually loose or unrestrained. I’m afraid this label must now be attached to the. resident Wonga couple in my Blackheath garden. Here is mother Wonga with her very new chicks. They were brought down from the nest about ten days ago. But now,

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EDITOR DES OF BLACKHEATH, KOALA CRUSADER.

EDITOR DES OF BLACKHEATH, KOALA CRUSADER.

Hello. Did you know that Australia’s dear little koala had a very bad time during the bush fires earlier this year? Well they can’t run very fast, so that was a problem. I was in Sydney the other day and people were protesting about it all. I

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BRUNCH AT THE BLUE MIST CAFE

BRUNCH AT THE BLUE MIST CAFE

The Blue Mist Cafe is located at 8 Station Street, Wentworth Falls. Have to say it looks very old-world and inviting. My partner Rob and I had been to a kitchen showroom up the road, and needed to discuss a few things. Coffee always helps consensus. We

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INSECT HOTEL – ROOM AT THE BLACKHEATH INN

INSECT HOTEL - ROOM AT THE  BLACKHEATH INN

In the spirit of increasing biodiversity, my partner and I bought a little insect hotel for our Blue Mountains garden. Perfectionist owner-builder Rob decided to seal the back panel with Bondcrete and add a waterproof membrane to the pitched roof. Well, we do get a lot of

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