Posts Tagged Christmas

BY GUM, IT’S CHRISTMAS!

BY GUM, IT'S CHRISTMAS!

One Christmas when I was a child my father brought home a gum bough 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 pine needles. Since

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THE SHYEST LILY

THE SHYEST LILY

Below is a photo taken in 1933, during the Great Depression. It is a Christmas lily farm at Pennant Hills, in New South wales. The farm produced 100,000 cut flowers for the  Australian florist trade that year.     It seems that Christmas lilies are no longer

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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

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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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ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE; LOVE AND LOSS AT CHRISTMAS

ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE; LOVE AND LOSS AT CHRISTMAS

SOMETIMES I COME ACROSS A STORY THAT  TRULY MOVES ME.  JESSICA TRUETT GREW UP IN KENTUCKY. HER  MEMORIES OF HER DEARLY LOVED GRANDMOTHER DOLLIE  CAME  STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART. THEY  WERE  ALSO BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN.  IT IS A PRIVILEGE TO SHARE HER ARTICLE  ON MY WEBSITE.   DOLLIE  DIED 

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THE BEST LITTLE BAKERY IN TOWN

THE BEST LITTLE BAKERY IN TOWN

BAKERY BELOW! My husband Rob  and I live in the Blue Mountains, but spend a lot of time in Sydney.  We usually stay in the same hotel apartments on the lower north shore. Conveniently, they are  located  above  a  small shopping centre. Every morning Rob pops down

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OH CHRISTMAS TREE!

OH CHRISTMAS TREE!

Hello, Editor Des here,   Well I have been searching  all over Sydney for the best Christmas tree. I found the first one in Cremorne when we were having a little holiday. I thought I really set it off.  I’m a true ornament.  Hahaha. Red and green

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