MOUNTAINS MAGIC DUST – LYCOPODIUM

MOUNTAINS MAGIC DUST - LYCOPODIUM

A few years ago I discovered a most extraordinary Australian native plant thriving  in my Blue Mountains  garden.  Mind you, I confess that  for some time I did my best to eradicate it. My worry was that exotic pine seedlings  were invading  from the property next door.  

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YELLOW ROBINS; THE DAWN HARPISTS

YELLOW ROBINS; THE DAWN HARPISTS

THE YELLOW ROBIN AT HOME It lives in the mountains where moss and the sedges, Touch with their beauty, the banks and the ledges. D.F. Thomson Australia’s  Eastern Yellow Robins are as trusting as  the  English redbreasts, although they are not related.  They  will hop about your

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ALL STOPS TO KATOOMBA; AND THE PERFECT PIZZA

ALL STOPS TO KATOOMBA; AND THE PERFECT PIZZA

In  Australia’s bicentennial year of 2000, artist Vernon Treweeke completed a mural of  an imagined  night train journey  through the villages of the magnificent Blue Mountains of New South Wales. The mural decorates the walls of the pedestrian  tunnel beneath  Katoomba station. Three  of the villages were

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LUNCH AT THE LIBRARY!

LUNCH AT THE LIBRARY!

Hello, Editor Des here! Well Pauline was going to do some research at the State Library in Sydney so I went along  too. I thought I might start trying to find my ancestors. Just hope I don’t turn out to be  related to Paddington or Pooh…especially Paddington. 

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PAULINE CONOLLY’S GARDEN: THE SHOCKING TRUTH!

PAULINE CONOLLY'S GARDEN: THE SHOCKING TRUTH!

Hello, You know how Pauline  Conolly posts  rather showoffy pictures of her garden?  Well I’m about to take her down a peg or two, hahaha.  Made a little bicycle  tour the other day and by gum there are some pretty dire ‘blots’ ! Here I go down

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EVE’S PARADISE: WOMEN IN THE AUSTRALIAN BUSH

EVE'S PARADISE: WOMEN IN THE AUSTRALIAN BUSH

A CELEBRATION OF WOMEN IN THE AUSTRALIAN BUSH The spectre of climate change and periods of prolonged drought have created  an upsurge of interest in the growing of  Australian native plants. However, we have been  slow to embrace them. I suspect  this would surprise and disappoint  women

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SIFTED AND STIRRED – COOKBOOK NOSTALGIA AT CHRISTMAS

SIFTED AND STIRRED - COOKBOOK NOSTALGIA AT CHRISTMAS

MEMORIES FROM OLD  RECIPE BOOKS We all become a bit nostalgic around Christmas, especially when it comes to food. On of my favourite photos is of my  mother making Kiss biscuits with her grandchildren back in the 19980s. Katey and Graeme now have children of their own.

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BLUE MOUNTAINS – A HAPLESS TRAVELLER

BLUE MOUNTAINS - A HAPLESS TRAVELLER

My partner  Rob and I are making our way home from Sydney to the Blue Mountains by rail; a two hour journey. As the train begins to climb, an American lady sitting behind us asks  someone a question across the aisle; ‘Excuse me, will I know when

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THE DAY BRADMAN HIT A TON FOR BLACKHEATH V LITHGOW POTTERIES!

THE DAY BRADMAN HIT A TON FOR BLACKHEATH V LITHGOW POTTERIES!

Hello….Editor Des here. Well until the dreaded virus it was all sport, sport, sport in our household. I thought I would write a piece about a famous cricketer!  By the way, the local coach once told me that I had a great future as twelfth man for

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Brave New Look For Blackheath Loo

  In The Beginning Yes, well Pauline thinks this touristy story is not very nice because it’s  mostly about ….a lavatory. But first  I have to give you a bit of background information. In 1985 the very  famous artist and fashion designer Jenny Kee, who lives in 

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