Posts Tagged Blue Mountains

BEES AND A BRAVE BLACKHEATHEN BEAR

BEES AND A BRAVE  BLACKHEATHEN  BEAR

Hello, from me….Editor Des of Blackheath. We have so many bees at our place here in the Blue Mountains. I know, because I  help my guardian Pauline Conolly look after the garden.   Or  rather she helps me…ha ha. Of course the bees are asleep now, keeping

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Toffee and Taffy, a Kookaburra love story.

Toffee and Taffy, a  Kookaburra love story.

A CONTINUING KOOKABURRA CONNECTION                       In June or July every  year a pair of kookaburras arrive in my garden at Blackheath, in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. The rest of the time  I only see

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CLIMATE CHANGE & A LONELY COCKATOO!

CLIMATE CHANGE & A  LONELY  COCKATOO!

AUTUMN GOES ALL AWRY Here in the Blue Mountains we  had an unusually  warm, dry autumn.  The fear is that this is due to global warming.  I really enjoyed the warmth, but it was confusing for our plants.  Spring bulbs were popping up before the autumn leaves

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WINDOWS ON BLACKHEATH

WINDOWS ON BLACKHEATH

As the original cottages of Blackheath slowly disappear we lose something special….beautiful old windows with  coloured glass panes or leadlights. Some are  very simple; an inexpensive way of adding a little elegance to a humble home.  Light is  the operative word of course. When  the rays of

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Stitches In Difficult Times

Stitches In  Difficult Times

Susan Stephens from Lapstone  in the Blue  Mountains  treasures a  hand knitted  jumper brought home from WWI by her grandfather, Hedley Stephens.  Fighting in France in May 1916,  Corporal Stephens went ‘over the top’ with a senior officer to check on their men.  The  pair were severely

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PLEASE TAKE A SEAT!

PLEASE TAKE A  SEAT!

Most of my garden seats are made from ‘found materials’; concrete blocks, stumps, slabs of stone  and bits of timber I deem wide enough to sit on. My impatience when I have a notion to create a new one knows no bounds. Fortunately my aging muscles seem

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CORREA; THE AUSTRALIAN NATIVE FUCHSIA

CORREA; THE AUSTRALIAN NATIVE FUCHSIA

Correa was named for the Portuguese botanist Correia da Serra. Of all the native flowers in my Blue Mountain gardens, it is one of the most visited by birds. Eastern Spinebills and  New Holland Honey Eaters adore  the nectar, and so do the  bees. Pictured below is

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SAMMY THE BLACKHEATH RAILWAY SPARROW

SAMMY THE  BLACKHEATH RAILWAY SPARROW

REFUGEE SPARROW FROM THE CITY Some time ago a sparrow living in Sydney’s Botanic Gardens was assaulted by a giant white ibis.  A dispute had broken out over crumbs at the café and the little fellow came off second best .  He went into hiding, but that

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The Farmer’s Fairground Organ

The Farmer's Fairground Organ

CLEVER HANDS CELEBRATING THE PAST When Stanley Wennock died last year aged 83, he left a special legacy. The  retired  farmer from Canberra had been able to turn his hand to almost anything. Farmers have to be multi-skilled and Stan certainly was!  Over a period of three

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A Tulip By Another Name

A Tulip By Another Name

Tulip bulbs just do not thrive in my garden.  However, I can enjoy similar blooms in spring  thanks to  the Liriodendron trees, which are actually related to the magnolias. Their cup shaped flowers have led to the common name of Tulip Tree. Liriodendrons  are notoriously slow to

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