Posts Tagged Blue Mountains

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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Wattlebirds

Wattlebirds

Some people say there’s not much to love about  red wattlebirds. And yes, they are aggressive little blighters, with a rasping call. But the bird is actually  quite striking, with a striated chest  and pale yellow ‘undercarriage’. Then there are  those little  ‘wattles’  below the eyes that

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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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BOWERBIRDS FACE BIG CHANGES!

BOWERBIRDS FACE BIG CHANGES!

  I have a great fascination for  social history, and for our native, satin bowerbirds.  Yes, there is a strong link between the two.  When the adult blue/black  male bowerbirds  or the green juvenile ‘apprentices’ build their bowers they decorate them with anything blue they can find.

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APPRENTICE BOWER BUILDER

APPRENTICE BOWER BUILDER

This is what the bower of a  satin bowerbird looks like (below right), with its collection of blue  ‘treasures ‘ assembled to impress  the ladies.  I’m afraid the birds mostly  use blue, human trash these day, especially pegs, plastic straws and milk bottle tops. In the old

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Crimson Rosellas – Sweet Thieves

Crimson Rosellas - Sweet Thieves

      CRIMSON ROSELLAS   Crimson rosellas are a joy to behold. Many of the trees and shrubs in my  Blue Mountains garden have been planted with these beautiful birds in mind. Top of the list? The native correas. The photo below shows that my efforts are

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THE GREAT KATOOMBA ROCK FALL

THE GREAT KATOOMBA ROCK FALL

As 1930 drew to a close,  coal miner Arthur Mellor made a disconcerting discovery at Katoomba, in the Blue Mountains of NSW. In the ground behind the great cliff known as Dogface Rock he came across a deep fissure measuring eight feet across.  When a surveyor was

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THE WONDERFUL WATTLE TREES

THE WONDERFUL WATTLE TREES

‘…in spring, the most delicate feathery yellow of plumes and plumes and plumes and trees and bushes of wattle, as if angels had flown right down out of the softest gold regions of heaven to settle here, in the Australian bush.   D.H. Lawrence, Kangaroo    

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ACCEPTABLE THEFT!

ACCEPTABLE THEFT!

Remember  British artist and designer William Morris and his famous Strawberry Thief design? Those thrushes ended up in homes around the world. I’m sure Mr Morris forgave them for raiding his garden by the stripling Thames.   I don’t grow strawberries, but I do have lots of 

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THE WHITE HEADED PIGEONS

THE WHITE HEADED PIGEONS

My first encounter with an Australian White Headed Pigeon was rather disconcerting. There is a skylight over my bed and I woke one morning to find one peering  down at me. They are often  called Baldy Pigeons, which seems  rather unkind.   Since then I have become

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