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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AUTUMN WALK – BLACKHEATH PART TWO

AUTUMN WALK - BLACKHEATH PART TWO

                  FOR THE FIRST PART OF MY ROUND TRIP TO BLACKEATH VILLAGE CLICK HERE. On the way home from the village I look across at the mural on the wall of the Antiques Centre. It was designed by the

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AUTUMN WALK TO BLACKHEATH VILLAGE

AUTUMN WALK TO BLACKHEATH VILLAGE

  AUTUMN LEAVES AND HISTORY No matter what time of year, the walk up to my local  Blue Mountains village of Blackheath is a delight. I always have my little  point and shoot camera in my pocket.  Without fail there is something worth snapping, and it’s an

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MOUNT VIC FLICKS

MOUNT VIC FLICKS

The building, at 2a Harley Avenue Mount Victoria, dates from 1934.  It was originally  a cinema  known as Mount Victoria Pictures. In September 1935 The Katoomba Daily provided an idea of what patrons might expect. This was the days of  double features, and news reels. GOLBY’S THEATRE

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PLEASE DON’T FEED THE COCKATOOS!

PLEASE DON'T FEED THE COCKATOOS!

Nobody loves our beautiful Australian birds more than I do. I photograph them and  write about  them  daily.  BUT, this is a plea not to feed the Sulphur Crested Cockatoos  here in the Blue Mountains (or anywhere else for that matter). The population  of these birds has

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THE SUNDAY DRIVE

THE SUNDAY DRIVE

  My husband Rob arrived home in Blackheath  with  a new car recently and I was slightly taken aback when he said;  ‘We could go for a Sunday drive tomorrow if you like.’  I hadn’t heard the expression since my distant childhood. I grew up in rural

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A BIRD IN THE SHOP’S WORTH TWO IN THE POND!

A BIRD IN THE SHOP'S WORTH TWO IN THE POND!

EARLY HISTORY OF BLACKHEATH DUCK POND   When the Great Western Railway crossed the Blue Mountains in the 1860s  a reliable water source was required for the steam engines. In the village of Blackheath a catchment area to the north and east of Gardners Crescent and below

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A WORLD WAR II SECRET AND ITS CONSEQUENCES

A WORLD WAR II SECRET AND ITS CONSEQUENCES

Recently I posted the story of the Glenbrook railway tunnel during WWII.  The disused tunnel was  secretly used as an RAAF  storage depot, for chemicals such as mustard gas and phosogene.  The decision to stockpile  the chemicals was due to  fear of a Japanese invasion.  Japan had 

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