Monthly Archives: November 2011

Bondi, NSW. Missed Sculpture By the Sea, Again!

 Oops! Can’t believe I’ve missed Sculpture by the Sea again! Even getting up before sunrise didn’t help yesterday. An early start would mean beating all the traffic and the heat. Not a problem today though as I was waylaid only … Continue reading

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Hiking and Tramping, USA & NZ. Arm Chair Hiking with Bill Bryson****4stars

What to do on a Rainy Day?        It’s been pouring with rain this week and a wonderful opportunity to listen to Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Wood an unabridged audiobook from audible.com. Having tramped some of  New … Continue reading

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Leura, NSW. Flowerpot Scones ***3 Stars.

What: Wayzgoose Cafe Where: 174 Leura Mall, Leura, NSW   Ph: 4784 1973 When: 7 days Web: www.wayzgoosecafe.com.au Value: Excellent      Cost: Flower Pot Scone $5.50 with plenty jam & cream.   Quaint but Crusty & Chewy Have often looked … Continue reading

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Washington DC, USA. Queen Elizabeth’s Drop Scones.

What’s Cooking Uncle Sam?    Hi there, As your special envoy on the USA at present, I felt bound to record Queen Elizabeth IIs scone recipe that she shared with President Eisenhower in 1960. It was part of the What’s … Continue reading

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Katoomba, NSW. Explorers’ Tree Follow Up…

Blue Mountains Library Clarifies… Impressed by the common sense approach of John Low, the Local Studies Librarian at Blue Mountains City Library in an article on the Explorers’ Tree. He concludes with: What are we to make of the considerable variation in detail that … Continue reading

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Katoomba, NSW. The Saga of the Explorer’s Tree continues…

Australia’s Original Blarney Stone (Tree)!  Fact or Fiction? Does it matter? Seemed such a simple story but it isn’t. Apparently, it is questionable whether the tree was ever marked in 1813 by the explorer’s Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth. Quite innocently, just looking … Continue reading

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Explorers Tree, Katoomba. Well & Truly Past it’s Prime!

An Explorers’ Tree in a Cage. What a great photo! Don’t you love those hats! By about 1900 the Tree was  lopped. This photo from Blue Mountains Library Local Studies Collection says: First recorded use of the term Surveyors Tree; Star … Continue reading

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Medlow Bath, NSW. The Hydro Majestic Waits Patiently……..

The Iconic Vision Continues???? The Hydro Majestic Hotel at Medlow Bath was once the crowning glory of the Blue Mountains but now it lies patiently waiting for a new lease of life. Perched on the top of the escarpment with … Continue reading

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Megalong Valley, NSW. Country Style Devonshire Teas ****4 stars.

What: Megalong Valley Tea Rooms    Today:**** 4 stars. Generous Devonshire Tea. Where: Megalong Road, Megalong Valley NSW 2785      Phone:02 4787 9181 When: Open 9am Daily. Web: http://www.megalongtearooms.com Value: Ok for generous servings.       Cost $9.95 … Continue reading

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Evans Lookout, Blackheath, NSW. Waratah Bingo!!!!!!

How Tall is a Waratah? Too tall for me! Where’s a step ladder when you need one? Nowhere near Evans Lookout that’s for sure! Rather glorious to be walking along and spy such beautiful flowers. Fortunately, trying a lighter, compact … Continue reading

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