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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LIVING IN THE MOMENT; WHEN MEMORY FAILS

LIVING IN THE MOMENT; WHEN MEMORY FAILS

 MOMENTS IN TIME, BUT NO LONGER  IN  MEMORY Pop psychologists are always urging us to ‘Live in the moment’.    I do try to do this, especially when it comes to enjoying my garden and the wonderful  bird life around me.  However, as a writer  on social history and

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TINY GIFTS, RECEIVED WITH GRACE.

TINY GIFTS, RECEIVED WITH GRACE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH…….. Sometimes the tiniest, least expensive gifts  provide  the greatest pleasure.  And when recipients acknowledge their  delight in the manner of the examples below it is a gift to us all.       In 1989 The children’s author Roald Dahl received a small

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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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