EDITOR DES LEAVES LOCK-DOWN

EDITOR DES LEAVES LOCK-DOWN

Hello, Desmond Conolly here. I’m off to old Sydney town at last! Yay, lock-down has been such a challenge! Mind you, right from the start I knew the trip would be difficult for someone with an independent spirit comme moi. And wow, was I right! At Medlow

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LEAP OF FAITH – VENTURING OUT IN THE PANDEMIC

LEAP OF FAITH - VENTURING OUT IN THE PANDEMIC

First trip to Sydney on the train for a very long time. I was a bit nervous, especially re social distancing on the train as I’m immune-suppressed. Only medical checkups for my partner Rob and I had prompted the journey, but it still felt like a little

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A BLACKHEATH BIRTHDAY

A BLACKHEATH BIRTHDAY

Celebrating a significant birthday under lock-down Balloons from the newsagency. Rich chocolate cake from the village grocery store. All his gifts were purchased in Blackheath. Warm, cosy slippers from the newsagency (well he is seventy)

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IMAGES IN ISOLATION

IMAGES IN ISOLATION

Splendid isolation at the local duck pond in Blackheath – no tourists to feed the residents so I’m sure their diet has improved. Let’s hope that one day soon we will be free and the kids will be back on the swings. Such a simple joy. I

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AN ‘EPIDEMIC’ OF JUNK FOOD

AN 'EPIDEMIC' OF JUNK FOOD

Social historians will be investigating and interpreting the pandemic and the phenomenon of self-isolation for years to come. Lock-down has altered our behaviour in so many ways. It has lead to a phenomenon dubbed ‘iso-baking’ (and a scarcity of flour), but also to a huge increase in

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THE ROSE ROBIN SENDS A MESSAGE

THE ROSE ROBIN SENDS A MESSAGE

I was involved in a heated debate on a FB community site the other day. It was all rather pointless and a waste of emotional energy. In the midst of the fray I decided enough was enough and commented, ‘Well that’s it for me. I’m off to

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MILLY EXPLORES A BRAVE NEW WORLD

MILLY EXPLORES A BRAVE NEW WORLD

Most visitors to this website are familiar with my associate, Editor Des. His dear friend Milly lives in his shadow somewhat, but today she ventured out with me on my Covid19 walk. The ducks were as content as ever down by Blackheath’s Memorial Park. The playground is

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AN AUTUMN BLESSED BY NATURE

AN AUTUMN BLESSED BY NATURE

Wow, did we ever see such clear blue skies? Not that pollution is a problem in Blackheath, well apart from bushfire smoke. The birdlife has been extraordinary over the last couple of weeks. I think I see more varieties during autumn than any other season. Down in

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A MOUNTAINS EASTER IN TOUGH TIMES

A MOUNTAINS EASTER IN TOUGH TIMES

Sadly, Easter 2020 is a bit different, due to the horrible pandemic. If you are are seriously self-isolating a ‘flat-pack’ egg ordered on-line might be the go. I preferred to buy chocolate rabbits, mini-eggs and blocks of hazelnut chocolate from Blackheath’s Friendly Grocer. Yesterday my husband and

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SAME, BUT SO DIFFERENT AT BLACKHEATH

SAME, BUT SO DIFFERENT AT BLACKHEATH

A BRIEF BREAK FROM SELF-IMPOSED ISOLATION Yesterday I ventured past my driveway for the first time in ages to walk to the chemist in Blackheath village. My little camera is always in my pocket, so here are a few pics taken along the way. April is such

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