THE SUNDAY DRIVE

THE SUNDAY DRIVE

  My husband Rob arrived home in Blackheath  with  a new car recently and I was slightly taken aback when he said;  ‘We could go for a Sunday drive tomorrow if you like.’  I hadn’t heard the expression since my distant childhood. I grew up in rural

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‘COOL’ BUT COSY; CINNABAR AT BLACKHEATH

'COOL' BUT  COSY; CINNABAR AT BLACKHEATH

    Cinnabar Kitchen  in  the Blue Mountains village of Blackheath is on The Great Western Highway, just a stroll up the hill from our home. I’m not sure why it took my husband Rob and I so long to  go, especially when we had great memories

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DANGER AT FORT X

DANGER  AT FORT X

Hello, I am very lucky to be alive and able to tell this story. The full details have never been revealed before. You are reading what is known in my profession as  A SCOOP! Well down in the corner of our garden  in the Blue Mountains there

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MRS EDNA WOOD – A LIFE STORY

MRS EDNA WOOD - A LIFE STORY

Mrs Edna Wood came into our lives several years ago, after an acacia tree was felled.  Right from the outset she had a penchant for hats, especially with extravagant floral trimmings.  We live in the beautiful Blue Mountains, where rhododendrons and camellias provided her with an unlimited

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SIXPENCE TO VISIT THE SICK

SIXPENCE TO VISIT THE SICK

Several  years ago I had to spend a few weeks in a major Sydney hospital. I didn’t actually feel sick, and since I was editing a book I took along my  notebooks and computer. There was no restriction  at all on visitors. In fact, my husband Rob

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EDITOR DES ABOARD THE INDIAN PACIFIC TRAIN

EDITOR DES ABOARD THE INDIAN PACIFIC TRAIN

TRAIN WHISTLE BLOWING   OK, all packed for our trip across the Nullarbor on the   Indian Pacific train.  It’s a VERY long train.                 Had to catch the train to Sydney first.  For heavens sake…..why couldn’t it pick us

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INDIAN-PACIFIC JOURNEY- BROKEN HILL TO ADELAIDE

INDIAN-PACIFIC JOURNEY- BROKEN HILL  TO ADELAIDE

CONTINUED FROM – Westward Ho!-on the Indian Pacific TRAIN WHISTLE BLOWING…. Up in time to see the sunrise as the Indian-Pacific approaches the outback mining town of  Broken Hill at 6.00am.  Indian Pacific passengers have a choice of excursions here and Rob and I are going to

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WESTWARD HO! – ON THE INDIAN-PACIFIC

WESTWARD HO! - ON THE INDIAN-PACIFIC

As someone who frequently writes on crime, a tale of death on the Indian Pacific Railway came to mind when my partner Rob and I booked our trip from Sydney to Perth. I even checked Dr Google to see if anyone had written a murder mystery inspired

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THE CHRISTMAS LILY

THE CHRISTMAS  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

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The Love of Lavender

The Love of Lavender

  I’ve always loved lavender. When I was a child  in Tasmania we used to buy quaint cardboard dolls with muslin aprons full of dried English lavender. My mother didn’t grow it as far as I remember, but the island state  is home to the  remarkable Bridestowe 

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