GOODBYE TO MR WHEELER – A FINE OLD CAMELLIA

GOODBYE TO MR WHEELER - A FINE OLD CAMELLIA

The Camellia japonica R.T. Wheeler is very hardy and produces enormous, variegated blooms. I have picked so many to fill various containers So why on earth would I want to banish it? Well, in my Blackheath garden the camellia was growing between two red blooming trees, just

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HOUNSLOW AT BLACKHEATH

HOUNSLOW AT BLACKHEATH

When it was announced that there was to be a new cafe in the Collier Arcade at Blackheath my associate Editor Des and I were very excited. We love to do a little writing over a working lunch. It’s a lot quieter in the arcade than out

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STOP THE WANTON WONGAS!

STOP THE WANTON WONGAS!

WANTON – Collins Dictionary definition……..Sexually loose or unrestrained. I’m afraid this label must now be attached to the. resident Wonga couple in my Blackheath garden. Here is mother Wonga with her very new chicks. They were brought down from the nest about ten days ago. But now,

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EDITOR DES OF BLACKHEATH, KOALA CRUSADER.

EDITOR DES OF BLACKHEATH, KOALA CRUSADER.

Hello. Did you know that Australia’s dear little koala had a very bad time during the bush fires earlier this year? Well they can’t run very fast, so that was a problem. I was in Sydney the other day and people were protesting about it all. I

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BRUNCH AT THE BLUE MIST CAFE

BRUNCH AT THE BLUE MIST CAFE

The Blue Mist Cafe is located at 8 Station Street, Wentworth Falls. Have to say it looks very old-world and inviting. My partner Rob and I had been to a kitchen showroom up the road, and needed to discuss a few things. Coffee always helps consensus. We

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INSECT HOTEL – ROOM AT THE BLACKHEATH INN

INSECT HOTEL - ROOM AT THE  BLACKHEATH INN

In the spirit of increasing biodiversity, my partner and I bought a little insect hotel for our Blue Mountains garden. Perfectionist owner-builder Rob decided to seal the back panel with Bondcrete and add a waterproof membrane to the pitched roof. Well, we do get a lot of

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WONGA WATCHING…..TWINS!

WONGA  WATCHING.....TWINS!

It’s such a privilege to be involved in the life of baby birds. A pair of native Wonga pigeons have been providing my husband Rob and I with this delightful opportunity over a number of years. They live in our Blue Mountains garden, and are as much

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A DREAM DINNER PARTY

A DREAM DINNER PARTY

Daydreaming in our pandemic iso-world is a national pastime. Here is an imagined dinner, hosted by myself and my partner Rob in our new house at Blackheath, in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. There are four courses (well sort of), and four dinner guests from

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A WALK ON A WARM DAY – BEAUTIFUL BLACKHEATH

A WALK ON A WARM DAY - BEAUTIFUL BLACKHEATH

What an unusually high temperature we had on Thursday. Even the breeze was warm. Maybe it doesn’t bode well for summer, but I did revel in it, and so did the crimson rosellas. Time to get out and about, much as I appreciate the delights of home.

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THE SNOW STORM WONGAS

THE SNOW STORM WONGAS

Deciding to produce chicks in mid winter was never going to be a good idea. However, our resident Wonga pair would not be dissuaded. We invariably get snow here in the upper Blue Mountains and sure enough, down it came in mid August. The eggs had only

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