AUTUMN BIRDS OF BLACKHEATH

AUTUMN BIRDS OF BLACKHEATH

Autumn is a busy time for the birds in our Blackheath garden.  So many seeds to snack on, so many fallen leaves to scrabble about in.  And I swear there are those who  just  know they look good against a blaze of colour. The cheeky rascal below

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APRIL IN BLACKHEATH

APRIL IN BLACKHEATH

By April, autumn is well under way in the upper Blue Mountains. Today I checked some likely spots in Blackheath for  ‘fairy’ toadstools. This was taken at the intersection of Wentworth Street and Gardiner’s Crescent. There are lots more popping up. The bowerbird in Memorial Park is

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THE KATOOMBA ART UNION AND THE ‘BABY’ ROLLS

THE KATOOMBA ART UNION AND THE 'BABY' ROLLS

A THOUSAND POUNDS FOR A SHILLING! In 1920, an art union lottery was established in the Blue Mountain’s town of Katoomba, conceived and administered by Mr Edgar Booth. The object was to raise money for the improvement of the local showground. First prize was originally a  £1,000

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THE EXPLORERS’ TREE

THE EXPLORERS' TREE

In 1813 the three men pictured above set out to cross  the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, keeping to the ridges, rather than the deep, forested valleys. Accompanied by five servants, they were the first European settlers  to succeed. I think we would all agree that

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BALM TO THE SOUL IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

BALM TO THE SOUL IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

I have been revising  a piece I wrote about pioneering women and their appreciation of Australia’s native flora.  Not surprisingly, the Blue Mountains featured heavily. Once the first road was constructed from Sydney through to Bathurst in 1815,  intrepid settlers followed. Then the iron ranges echoed To

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BESOTTED WITH BLUE WRENS

BESOTTED WITH BLUE WRENS

Honestly, blue wrens could take over my life if I didn’t keep strict control. I should  really give them  their full  title;  Superb Fairy Wrens (Maluras cyaneus). And yes, they are as delicate as fairies.                     Once I

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VICTORY CAFE, BLACKHEATH….THE PERFECT MEAL THAT BROKE MY HEART

VICTORY CAFE, BLACKHEATH....THE PERFECT MEAL THAT BROKE MY HEART

My partner Rob and I intended dining at the new Blackheath Bar and BIstro last Saturday night, but it was a bit busy. Instead, we had a drink to wish the owners well,  then  walked along to the Victory Café.  It was pretty early, so no problem

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LATE SUMMER WALK IN BLACKHEATH

LATE SUMMER WALK  IN BLACKHEATH

Mid February, and in my  Blackheath garden the banksia serratas are in bloom. They are loved by all the honeyeaters, but especially Wattlebirds and Eastern Spinebills. Bees are visiting the native lilly-pilly flowers on the bush outside Slurps café, in Wentworth Street. I know there must be

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LUNCH AT SILK’S IN LOVELY LEURA

LUNCH AT SILK'S IN LOVELY LEURA

Is Leura  the prettiest village in the Blue Mountains? Even as a proud Blackheathen I have to admit it is. This mural features the cool climate plants that thrive here in the Mountains; rhododendrons, camellias, spring bulbs etc.   My partner  Rob and I booked into Silks

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A BIRD LOVER’S VALENTINE CARD

A BIRD LOVER'S VALENTINE CARD

When you have a large garden filled with birds there are lots of  opportunities to create photographic images for occasions such as Christmas and New Year.  So why not Valentine’s Day?  Admittedly I’ve been married over 40 years, but Rob is still my knight in shining armour.

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