Strawberries in the Desert

Story telling from Australia

A changing world

Spring arrived on Tuesday here in the southern hemisphere. I didn’t realise. I thought spring started on September 1st, likewise autumn in the northern hemisphere, but it turns out I … Continue reading

September 26, 2014 · 12 Comments

Magic moment

It was one of those moments when the world seems smaller, connections stronger. At precisely 21:49 last night the temperature in Sydney was sixteen degrees. The temperature in London – … Continue reading

September 21, 2014 · 13 Comments

What the pH…?

“Spent coffee grains can increase the acidity of soil. So can a layer of mulch from pine trees.” Oh really? Nine months ago I planted a blueberry bush in our … Continue reading

September 19, 2014 · 9 Comments

Welcome visitor

There’s not much in life that thrives on neglect – relationships need nurturing, musicians have to practice and languages get lost and forgotten if they’re not used. But land? Leave … Continue reading

September 12, 2014 · 7 Comments

Blossom in Broken Hill

Winter’s finally over in the Southern hemisphere but you’d be hard pressed to know it here in Sydney. A week-long blast of cold rain and strong wind has sent Spring … Continue reading

September 4, 2014 · 10 Comments

Moments that Matter

In a whirlwind week of talks, dinners, lunches and meetings there were moments that stood out – moments that matter. Alan Erskine is an award-winning Mildura based journalist and editor, … Continue reading

September 1, 2014 · 8 Comments

I'm a writer based in Australia with a passion for gardening, remote places and people with a story to tell.