HOTEL ROOM HORRORS

HOTEL ROOM HORRORS

Sometimes  there is an early sign of trouble when you reach your hotel room……the designers have been just that little bit too tricksy and  trendy. The pics below were taken at a new hotel in Sydney’s Chatswood.   And sure enough, the room turned out to be 

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BEES AND A BRAVE BLACKHEATHEN BEAR

BEES AND A BRAVE  BLACKHEATHEN  BEAR

Hello, from me….Editor Des of Blackheath. We have so many bees at our place here in the Blue Mountains. I know, because I  help my guardian Pauline Conolly look after the garden.   Or  rather she helps me…ha ha. Of course the bees are asleep now, keeping

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PLEASE TAKE A SEAT!

PLEASE TAKE A  SEAT!

Most of my garden seats are made from ‘found materials’; concrete blocks, stumps, slabs of stone  and bits of timber I deem wide enough to sit on. My impatience when I have a notion to create a new one knows no bounds. Fortunately my aging muscles seem

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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 TO BLACKHEATH VILLAGE

AUTUMN WALK TO BLACKHEATH VILLAGE

  AUTUMN LEAVES AND HISTORY No matter what time of year, the walk up to my local  Blue Mountains village of Blackheath is a delight. I always have my little  point and shoot camera in my pocket.  Without fail there is something worth snapping, and it’s an

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MOUNT VIC FLICKS

MOUNT VIC FLICKS

I CAN’T WAIT FOR MOUNT VIC FLICKS TO RE-OPEN WHEN THIS DREADFUL PANDEMIC IS OVER. HOW DIFFICULT THINGS MUST BE FOR THE OWNERS. The building, at 2a Harley Avenue Mount Victoria, dates from 1934.  It was originally  a cinema  known as Mount Victoria Pictures. In September 1935

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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 Tasmania,

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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 of Ashcrofts,

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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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