Oh For An Aussie Christmas Tree

Oh For An Aussie Christmas Tree

It has taken over 200 years for we Aussies to start shifting away from a European style Christmas, with its heavy roast dinners and plum puddings.  Mind you, there was a push for something more suitable leading up to  Federation, when our  national spirit was on the rise.

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PRAVISSIMA – WHAT A WATTLE!

PRAVISSIMA - WHAT A WATTLE!

The bush was grey A week today Olive green and brown and grey;  But now the spring has come this way, With blossoms for the wattle. By Veronica Mason. One of my favourite  trees is Acacia pravissima, also known as The Oven’s wattle.   It can withstand the

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WORDS ON BIRDS…… AND CUSTARD!

WORDS ON BIRDS...... AND CUSTARD!

I once made a somewhat provocative statement on social media declaring Australia’s Foster Clarks custard powder to be superior to the UK  Bird’s brand.   It was absolutely true, but see that flag on the British product?  I should have known I was stirring up a cauldron

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CORREA; THE AUSTRALIAN NATIVE FUCHSIA

CORREA; THE AUSTRALIAN NATIVE FUCHSIA

Correa was named for the Portuguese botanist Correia da Serra. Of all the native flowers in my Blue Mountain gardens, it is one of the most visited by birds. Eastern Spinebills and  New Holland Honey Eaters adore  the nectar, and so do the  bees. Pictured below is

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A Tulip By Another Name

A Tulip By Another Name

Tulip bulbs just do not thrive in my garden.  However, I can enjoy similar blooms in spring  thanks to  the Liriodendron trees, which are actually related to the magnolias. Their cup shaped flowers have led to the common name of Tulip Tree. Liriodendrons  are notoriously slow to

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AUTUMN WALK – BLACKHEATH PART TWO

AUTUMN WALK - BLACKHEATH PART TWO

                  FOR THE FIRST PART OF MY ROUND TRIP TO BLACKEATH VILLAGE CLICK HERE. On the way home from the village I look across at the mural on the wall of the Antiques Centre. It was designed by the

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LIVING IN A BLUE MOUNTAINS BIRD HIDE

LIVING IN A  BLUE MOUNTAINS BIRD HIDE

  FEATHERING MY NEST Living in what very much resembles  a bird hide would not be to everyone’s taste, but it suits me.   My mini home is surrounded by trees and shrubs…predominantly  Australian natives, but certainly not exclusively. Is is actually a studio apartment, built above a double garage.

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UNINTENTIONAL MARKETING

UNINTENTIONAL MARKETING

  We writers are often rather introverted people. How  cruel that after  we write our books in our quiet little nests, we  have to expose ourselves to the big wide world.  Oh dear, giving talks and speaking on radio etc will always terrify me, no matter how

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