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Blue Mountains Life April - May 2018

Blue Mountains Life magazine is the premier publication with its intoxicating blend of stories on this magnificent rural region that includes Bathurst, Orange, Hawkesbury and the of course the Blue Mountains. Features include people, homes, gardens, interior/exterior decorating, food, wine, fashion, health, travel and motoring. A bold and glossy, large-format magazine that delivers the who, what, when, where, why and how of one of Australia’s most affluent regions. Stunning photography and quality journalism all in one publication.

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As the seasons change, there is no better place to live than our region. Whether it Orange, Bathurst, Blue Mountains or the Hawkesbury the cooler climate and Autumn leaves make this neighbourhood perfect. But this also reminds me that it would be a great time to visit Bathurst. It will celebrate its position as Australia’s oldest European inland settlement this autumn with the ‘Autumn Colours’ Heritage Tours program, in May. Autumn is traditionally the time when the Bathurst region focuses upon its rich and fascinating past, with many of the region’s historic sights brought to life through a series of tours and activities. For those that who’d like more of a live music atmosphere check out the Hawkesbury’s Micro Music Festival. Hawkesbury City Council announced that Richmond and Kurrajong will host micro music festivals in…

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BLUE MOUNTAINS BLAST OFF The rocket has returned to Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park, providing a unique experience for children of the Blue Mountains and beyond. Blue Mountains City Council, the Rotary Club of Blackheath and the community worked together to get the new replica rocket installed at Blackheath Memorial Park. The project, initiated by the Rotary Club of Blackheath past President Andrew Hancock, was completed with help from RKR Engineering Pty Ltd and Council. It now complies with the Australian Standards for play equipment. Mr Hancock said: “The Rotary Club of Blackheath is very excited that the Blackheath Rocket has finally arrived. “Rotary and Council have worked closely together on this project and it has been a very positive experience. The council have been very supportive in order to return the rocket to the park.” The first…

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in the garden

GROWING FRIENDS Shop for a great range of native and exotic, rare, hard-to-find and endangered plants. The plants have been propagated by volunteers from the living collections in your Botanic Gardens: The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan and the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah. Price: From $5. Contact:02 9231 8182. THINK SPRING - THINK LEURA! In an exciting departure from previous festivals, this year’s Leura Gardens Festival in the Upper Blue Mountains will be held for 6 days over 2 festival long weekends. They include: September 29, 30 and October 1 plus October 5-7. The 54th Festival will feature glorious cool climate spring gardens, showcasing a particularly wide range of styles and sizes, and comprising new, returning and several old-favourite gardens. An all-gardens ticket costs $25 or $8 per individual…

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art events

GUIDE DOG Blue Mountains local Luke Merrill of Blaxland was one of several artists to see their art collection displayed at Circular Quay as part of the Guide Dog Model exhibition. Seventy iconic Guide Dog Model Collection Boxes stood guard at Circular Quay as part of an art installation for the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival, celebrating the Year of the Dog. Sixty of the model dogs were on display outside at Scout Place (AMP Building), with a further 10 dogs displayed inside Customs House SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN Hawkesbury Library Service is offering a great program for creative kids these school holidays with plenty to do for teens and younger children. Highlights include the pop-up library at Youthfest and the ‘maker space’ activities. All activities are for school aged children (children under the age…

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tracy ponich

In 2016, Tracy Ponich photographed Scott Pollock, a portrait at his Wentworth Falls studio. Scott, now Manager of Retford Park in Bowral, was at that time Manager of Everglades Historic House and Gardens in Leura. Both are heritage-listed, National Trust of Australia (NSW) properties. It was the perfect coming together, the right person in front of her lens. A week later she began a year-long project at Everglades, called ‘Transitions’. The exhibition is this May at the Everglades Gallery. Tracy captured Everglades in all seasons and weather conditions. She says: “Transitions began as an opportunity to photograph the Blue Mountains’ four seasons in a single, beautiful location. Over the year it became so much more, an extensive body of work, wonderful new opportunities and friendships.” She photographed grand vistas, quiet pathways and art deco structures of…

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on your bike

A good yarn is often found behind a weathered grin. This man’s yarns have filled a book. Open-heart surgery for a life threatening condition gave four-year-old Jeremy Scott his first real taste of challenge. With a little luck and the excellent hands of his cardiologist, Jeremy overcame this setback and began the life his parents dreamed for him. Four decades on and Jeremy is now motivated by other people’s challenges and helps charities around the world. His latest big-hearted achievement was riding 52,000km on a bicycle. While Jeremy was working as an architect in the UK five years ago he started reading travel guide books and planned a challenge of his own making; riding from London to Auckland to raise awareness about heart disease. “The main reason was that I wanted to…