Posts Tagged Christmas

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

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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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LETTER TO SANTA

LETTER TO SANTA

THE STRESS OF WRITING  TO SANTA CAN BE OVERWHELMING…..AN  ILLUSTRATED ESSAY BY EDITOR DES…. ER, THAT’S ME. Hello. Do you think a fellow aged sixteen and a half is too old to write to Santa? I don’t.  And my guardian  Pauline Conolly often  says I am immature

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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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CHRISTMAS BELLS IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

CHRISTMAS BELLS IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

JINGLE BELLS….. You could decorate a Christmas tree with the sweet, native bell flowers that flourish in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. In fact, I have  done this in my garden at Blackheath. I used correas, cinnamon bells and apple berry blooms to adorn a

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CHRISTMAS IN THE AUSTRALIAN BUSH

CHRISTMAS IN THE AUSTRALIAN BUSH

‘Oh! All that steam! The pudding had just been taken out of the cauldron. Oh! That smell! The same as the one which prevailed on washing day. It is  that of the cloth which wraps the pudding.  Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’ Christmas in Australia is a

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