Fungi; Flowers of the Fall

Fungi; Flowers of the Fall

The following photos were all taken at Blackheath, mostly in my garden or on the walk up to the village via Memorial Park or Robertson Lane. The scene that follows appeared in the Blue Mountains Gazette, when Blackheath had a bumper season a few years back. It

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The Wonga Pigeons; sweetest birds ever?

The Wonga Pigeons;  sweetest birds ever?

LET’S SPEND A WHILE WITH A WONGA Let me introduce……the Wonga pigeon. The name  derives from wonga-wonga,  an  Aboriginal name inspired by their call.  Mind you, I would describe it as a gentle ‘whoop whoop.’  Gentle, yes, but it can be heard more than a kilometre away.

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THE MYSTERY OF THE FOUR CAR CRASH

THE MYSTERY OF THE FOUR CAR CRASH

My partner and I were driving to Sydney from the Blue Mountains one Sunday when we were caught up in the most horrendous traffic jam. After inching along for half an hour or so we were diverted off the Great Western Highway….into another  dreadful jam.  Apparently there

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A BUSKER SHARES HIS STORY

The Take Home Busker,  by Tony Smith Since my partner and I have had fewer restrictions imposed on our time by work commitments, I have reinvented myself as a folk musician. We attend festivals, do CD reviews, write songs and perform in ‘sessions’. Undoubtedly, one of my

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LETTERS TO SANTA

LETTERS TO SANTA

WRITING  TO SANTA IS A SERIOUS BUSINESS; AN  ILLUSTRATED ESSAY BY EDITOR DES…. ER, THAT’S ME! Well here is a letter  written by a little Australian  boy called Paddy, exactly one hundred years ago.   Who do you think Paddy was? (see answer at the bottom of

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HOW TO ENJOY CHRISTMAS STANDING ON YOUR HEAD!

HOW TO ENJOY CHRISTMAS STANDING ON YOUR HEAD!

  CHRISTMAS DOWN-UNDER John O’Grady once wrote a best selling  book called, They’re a Weird Mob.  It was about Australians and yes….we are a bit strange.  What do you expect when we live in an upside down world? Our fair country  was  described in Alice in Wonderland 

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OH CHRISTMAS TREE!

OH CHRISTMAS TREE!

Hello, Editor Des here,   Well I have been searching  all over Sydney for the best Christmas tree. I found the first one in Cremorne when we were having a little holiday. I thought I really set it off.  I’m a true ornament.  Hahaha. Red and green

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CHRISTMAS BELLS IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

CHRISTMAS BELLS IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

JINGLE BELLS….. You could decorate a Christmas tree with the sweet, native bell flowers that flourish in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. In fact, I have  done this in my garden at Blackheath. I used correas, cinnamon bells and apple berry blooms to adorn a

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TAKE A JUMP! – AUSSIE WOOD DUCKS.

TAKE A JUMP! - AUSSIE WOOD DUCKS.

HEAVENS ABOVE….DUCKS! I wandered out into the garden one  spring morning and heard a soft clucking coming from high in a gum tree.  It was a goose like duck, which was soon joined by a wooing male. Such handsome birds. They are Australian native wood ducks, and 

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SOCIAL HISTORY AND THE SATIN BOWERBIRD

SOCIAL HISTORY AND THE SATIN BOWERBIRD

THE ENGAGING BOWERBIRD Perhaps the most entertaining and interesting  birds in my garden are the  Australian Satin Bowerbirds. The difference in appearance  between females and juveniles and the adult male is hard to believe.  Initially the birds are olive green, with cream and brown  scalloped chests,  bronze

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