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Dec 21, 2019 - Blue Mountains

Bush Fire Emergency Day 107 Road Blocks We were so excited to be staying in the Blue Mountains which is a World Heritage site of massive cliffs, deep rainforested gullies and sandstone canyons. I have read about the blue haze created by the eucalyptus trees but unfortunately it looks like all we are likely to see is smoke which will disrupt the long-distance views. New South Wales is now under a state of emergency and the fire status is at catastrophic level. I put in a load of washing and at 7 a.m. I’m hanging it out in the garden. The...

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Apr 6, 2018 - To the Blue Mountains - UPDATE NOTES

Hi All, Easter has been as have the Easter Bunnies and some extra kilograms but who cares. We spend the time well exploring Dubbo and its environs. The area is so dry, badly in need of rain. A trip out to the west to Narromine and Traingie took up a day as did a day a visit to the Old Dubbo Goal a place that neither of us has ever lived in permantly.(Oh. not at all) At the airport is a base with a visitors centre of the Royal Flying Doctors, a cause close to our hearts due to the known coverage they provide people in the bush as well as us...

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Mar 1, 2017 - Blackheath

Today was almost a carbon copy of yesterday. We had quite a bit of rain overnight and it was quite wet when we got out of bed. We took the dogs for a quick run in the park and a walk up to the main street between showers. There are a couple of shops I really liked- one clothes shop and the other a shoe shop. It was really hard not to buy about 3 pairs of shoes that I really liked, but I did end up buying a light sweatshirt at the clothes shop. Jenny Kee lives in Blackheath and she has been instrumental in overseeing the painting of murals...

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Feb 28, 2017 - Blackheath

The weather gods weren’t working on our side today. We had some rain overnight and it was dull and overcast when we got ourselves out of bed. After breakfast we took the dogs for a quick run in the park across the road from the caravan park, before walking up to the shops to buy a paper. Then, after some procrastination as to what to do given the inclement weather, we decided to just go for a drive and see what we could. First stop was just down the road from the caravan park at Govett’s Leap. Unfortunately, the whole valley was completely...

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Feb 27, 2017 - Bathurst to Blackheath

We were packed up and on the road just before 10am this morning. Most of the drive today was uphill into the Blue Mountains, though there was one very steep downhill section. The last climb up to Mt Victoria was probably the steepest section and a semitrailer loaded with what looked like a house frame, had not made it up. Luckily for us, we were able to stop on a more level section whilst we waited until we could pass him. Poor guy- was not going to be one of his better days! We had had some drizzly rain on the way as well, so the road was...

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May 14, 2014 - Blackheath, NSW, AUS

Another long drive today, this time with scenery changes. And we're definitely back in "civilization", with towns and cities occurring regularly along the highway. Still on the flatland, we took a short side trip to wander through Gulgong. Well okay, it was time for hot chocolate, too. But it was (another) cute town with a good bakery, several beautiful churches, a town park full of colorful trees, and a bargain department store that had anything you could want. One could wander and browse in there for hours. A bit farther along the road...

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Nov 11, 2009 - Blackheath

This was to be our last stop on this trip and so from Dubbo we travelled through very pretty hilly country via Wellington, Bathurst, Lithgow and into the Blue Mountains to Blackheath. There is a very nice little caravan park in Blackheath which we had discovered on a previous trip. It is situated in a small valley with trees all around, very quiet and well away from the main road. So we spent the last two nights of our long journey in this quiet park. We could appreciate Springtime in the mountains and everything looked very green after the...

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Dec 13, 2007 - Vipassana (pain camp)

I trotted off from Mount Tambourine and all of Ashtara's abundant love and care into Sydney. A few hours with jussy and Robby and it was off to Blackheath for a 10 day Vipassana meditation. All I really knew of it was that it was 10 days of silence and not a lot of food. How hard could it possibly be?? Stupid question. It was a journey into the depth of my own pain. And I would recommend it to anyone! Such a simple technique - which is the beauty of it. No distractions, no visualisations or other forms of entertainment. Just you and your...

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