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Today, the mountains came alive (especially Katoomba) with Winter Magic and magical it was. So many people, so much fun -- kids and teenagers alike dressed for the occasion.  The sun warmed us and the chill didn't come in until early afternoon when clouds began rolling in.

We made the mistake of driving today and we strongly recommend when planning for next year's Winter Magic that you consider the train -- much faster and much easier on the nerves. Stop & go traffic brings out the worst in our car!

We stopped by Leura for a very late lunch. Wayzgoose Cafe was packed to the rafters as was Bon Ton Cafe and Silk's Brasserie. Every table at Silk's was filled. The Post Office Cafe lit their wood burning fireplace, so it felt quite festive and cheery. Each had a great soup on the menu. Coming in out of the Katoomba cold, something hot and steamy was high on our wishlist.

Of course afterwards, we just had to do a little window shopping. After all, Leura is the shopping mecca of the Blue Mountains, but we'll save that for later.  . . a post for just the gals.

Last week (12May), a small group of Blue Mountains tourism providers met at Jemby Rinjah Eco Lodge to learn a bit more about social media platforms and how to best use them for our small businesses. Yes, it was Twitter and Facebook and TripAdvisor. While all that was interesting and some great people are working hard to provide good services for visitors, we were in exquisite surroundings -- a natural bush setting where the most beautiful (small) birds are likely to take a seat on your shoulder or if you offer seed (provided by Jemby) perch upon your hand for a little snack.

Jemby has special memories for me as before immigrating to Australia and while on holiday my family spent a weekend on our way from Canberra to the Gold Coast at this beautiful eco lodge situated on seven hectares of pristine Nation Park.  The eco cabin and wood burning fire were quite cozy though the March night was not chilly.

The next morning, very early, the family six-year-old awakened us -- the birds were waiting for their breakfast. Jemby provided seeds and a nature talk -- all we had to do was hold out a flat palm and these glorious little birds were upon us. I had never seen such feathered colours before --  even recovering from jetlag, I was as excited as the youngest in the family.

Jetlag has a strange effect upon me -- I can't eat enough to satisfy my hunger and hunger seems to come upon me with great frequency. So, I spent much of my time that weekend eating the terrific food out on a sunny verandah.  Jemby Rinjah Lodge is approximately 25 minutes beyond Leura, just a kilometer or two before "downtown" Blackheath. Take a look at the website. http://www.jembyrinjahlodge.com.au/