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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/

There are many artists in the Leura/Katoomba/Wentworth Falls surrounds and those we have met  are terrific...thought you would like to know as several have studios you can visit or make an appointment to visit.  Last week (19April) we met Jane Canfield at her studio on Craigend St. in Leura. (Studio is opened to the public the last Sunday of each month).

We love her oils on canvas and often the theme is a mountain village, train stations, fishing villages or beaches. There is a geometric design to Jane's work -- sharp roof lines, steps, train tracks, windows on a fishing cottage, the occasional triangle of a lamp post -- and always a brash & bold colour standing out upon a subtle background. It's her use of  texture that is so pleasing and on her bigger works the layering is quite dramatic.  (Jane has won a number of awards in the past 18 months.)

From Leura Mall, a 10-minute walk delivers you to Jane's tiny studio in the lovely garden of her mom's guesthouse, Argyll House. Call for an appointment if you are in Leura on a weekday or not on the last Sunday of the month,  0409 69 2780