The Waratah – history and folklore.

The Waratah - history and folklore.

 MOUNTAIN JEWELS The spectacular  waratah (Telopea)  is the state emblem of New South Wales, and  so much a part of the beautiful  Blue Mountains, where I live.  The plants flower  both in our gardens and in the local bush. They are part of our identity. In 1912,

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One Small Miracle – the Crimson Rosella

One Small Miracle - the Crimson Rosella

DISASTER! At three o’clock  one afternoon  this week my husband Rob called me outside. He looked very upset, and was holding a crimson rosella in an old towel. It had flown into one of the windows. We live in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, and

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WHISTLING AN ODE TO THE GUM LEAF

WHISTLING AN ODE TO THE GUM LEAF

We Australians love gum leaves.  Expat Aussies can be reduced to tears by a whiff of their aroma.  Campers in the bush  put them into billy tea……for the flavor, but even more for nostalgia.   Our  property in the Blue Mountains was named The Gums by a

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THE BLACKHEATH BROOM MAKER

THE BLACKHEATH BROOM MAKER

In 1918 an article in The Sydney Morning Herald reported on brooms being hand-made in the Blue Mountains village of Blackheath; The brooms are manufactured under the most primitive conditions, the machine for binding them together being home-made, and it is contended by the maker that with

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FIRE, HEAT……AND A MYSTERY ‘EPIDEMIC’

FIRE, HEAT......AND  A MYSTERY 'EPIDEMIC'

 A LONG, HOT SUMMER. We have gone through horrible fires here in the Blue Mountains and so many other  parts of the country. The heat has been extraordinary.  I am a firm believer in climate change, even though our beautiful Mountains have suffered badly before. THE FURY

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CURE IN THE CLOUDS; THE OLD SANATORIUM

CURE IN THE CLOUDS; THE OLD SANATORIUM

In 1903 tuberculosis was rife in Australia, as it was  in much of the world.  The Queen Victoria Sanatorium was established at a remote area near Wentworth Falls, in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales.   The property  on Burragarong Road  (now Tablelands Road) had been

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THAT GINGERBREAD PLACE!

THAT GINGERBREAD PLACE!

Hello, Editor Des here. Well today I went to my favourite restaurant in the whole of the Blue Mountains.  I took along my camera to show you what it’s like; Do you know what? It’s in an old church, so I think it might be specially blessed.  I

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TRAIN ROBBERY ON THE BLUE MOUNTAINS LINE

TRAIN ROBBERY ON THE BLUE MOUNTAINS LINE

Shortly before midnight on Tuesday, April 8 1930,   what has been described as one of the most daring robberies in the history of Australia took place.    The  heist  was conceived by Roy Wilkinson, a 24 year old  railway porter. Wilkinson had been  serving as  escort on the mail train from Sydney to

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MAIL COACH DRAMAS IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS AND BEYOND

MAIL COACH  DRAMAS IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS AND BEYOND

CROSSING THE MOUNTAINS  BY COACH AND HORSES In the 1850’s  the journey across the Blue Mountains of New South Wales  was truly daunting.    On Sunday, November 27 1853, Thomas Simons was driving the Bathurst mail coach from Sydney when he came to the top of Mount Victoria. Ahead was

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LIVING IN A BLACKHEATH BIRD HIDE

LIVING IN A  BLACKHEATH BIRD HIDE

A little paradise in the Mountains. FEATHERING MY NEST Living in what very much resembles  a bird hide would not be to everyone’s taste, but it suits me.   My mini home is surrounded by trees and shrubs…predominantly  Australian natives, but certainly not exclusively. Is is actually a studio apartment,

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