CRISIS CHRISTMAS 2019

CRISIS CHRISTMAS 2019

And so Christmas in the Blue Mountains village of Blackheath has come to an end. The saddest, happiest, strangest and scariest festive season I’ve experienced in the twenty years we have lived here. In mid December my husband Rob and I attended a delightful nativity play at

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THE KIDNAPPING OF A CHRISTMAS MOUSE

THE KIDNAPPING OF A CHRISTMAS MOUSE

Hello, Editor Des here with a ‘sort of’ Christmas story. I’m really writing it to annoy my employer/guardian Pauline Conolly, because do you know what she gave me for my present? A plate that I’m supposed to paint. Good grief, I’m 19, not nine! And how am

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DECK THE BOUGHS….LEURA CHIC v OLD SCHOOL BLACKHEATH

DECK THE BOUGHS....LEURA CHIC v OLD SCHOOL BLACKHEATH

Here in the Blue Mountains the boughs of Leura’s main street avenue of cherry trees have been decorated for Christmas in a unique manner. Admittedly the seasonal creations have created some controversy, but I love them. They seem to suit Leura’s trendy, boutique shops and are quirky

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CHRISTMAS CHEER AT BLACKHEATH CREATIVE

CHRISTMAS CHEER AT BLACKHEATH CREATIVE

Approaching the recently launched Blackheath Creative shop in Station Street there is a heavenly aroma from Christmassy scented candles. I stopped outside to chat to friends and they asked if I had some exotic perfume on. But don’t just wander past…..walk in! Everything here is locally sourced

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EDITOR DES AND THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS

EDITOR DES AND THE  SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS

Hello. It’s nearly Christmas and I have made my very own tree in the garden. I think I have done quite a good job. I pinc…borrowed the ornaments. Now last year I got into a bit of trouble about presents. My guardian Pauline Conolly thought I asked

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BLACKHEATH’S CHRISTMAS MARKET

BLACKHEATH'S CHRISTMAS MARKET

The Growers’ Markets in Backheath are always wonderful, but there was something a bit special about the twilight Christmas market last night. My partner and I arrived early when the stallholders were still setting up around 4.00pm. You simply cannot celebrate the  festive season without cherries. We

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BY GUM, IT’S GETTNG ON FOR CHRISTMAS!

BY GUM, IT'S  GETTNG ON FOR CHRISTMAS!

One Christmas when I was a child my father brought home a gum bough from the bush as an alternative to the traditional pine tree. We all loved it, especially the scent of eucalyptus through the house. My mother was delighted to have  a break from falling

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CHRISTMAS LILIES – A LITTLE HISTORY, A LITTLE HOPE

CHRISTMAS  LILIES - A LITTLE HISTORY, A LITTLE HOPE

Below is a photo taken in 1933, during the Great Depression. It is a field of Christmas lilies on a property at Pennant Hills, in New South Wales. The farm produced 100,000 cut flowers for the  Australian florist trade that year. Ladies could pick up a fragrant

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FROM PORRIDGE TO CHRISTMAS PUDDING!

FROM PORRIDGE TO CHRISTMAS PUDDING!

BIRTH OF THE PUDDING The English have long been maligned for the uninspired stodginess of their cooking, particularly by their gourmet neighbours, the French. Nevertheless, it was a Frenchman, Misson de Valbourg who, upon visiting England in 1690, was moved to exclaim: What an excellent thing is

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CHRISTMAS IN BLACKHEATH

CHRISTMAS IN BLACKHEATH

CHRISTMAS IS NIGH As Christmas approaches I love looking back at seasonal celebrations in my  Blue Mountains village of Blackheath. The following is from The Lithgow Mercury in 1909; There was very little stir here during Christmas, and everything passed off quietly. On Boxing Night a concert

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