Strawberries in the Desert

Story telling from Australia

After the rain

It was a subdued Australia Day in Sydney. ‘Grim,’ said the cricket commentators. ‘Gloomy skies,’ agreed the Daily Telegraph. ‘More bad weather on its way,’ said Channel Seven. Such pessimism! … Continue reading

January 29, 2015 · 8 Comments

Farmer with a sense of fun celebrates Australia Day

Cath Marriott is one of the farmers I interviewed for my next book. I was speaking to her on the phone today and she told me her daughter did something … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · 7 Comments


I’m beginning to think it’s not gardening I like so much, it’s nature. Is that because the tomato plants have succumbed to an unknown disease and the cucumber has powdery … Continue reading

January 22, 2015 · 12 Comments

Dear Sam Stosur

Dear Sam I’m not a tennis player. I’m a writer and part-time gardener and I know nothing about tennis. I was rubbish at sport at school (especially tennis) so I’m … Continue reading

January 16, 2015 · 15 Comments

Start as you mean to go on

If New Year’s Day is anything to go by I’m in for a roller coaster ride in 2015. In a bid to escape the sweaty heat of Sydney on New … Continue reading

January 8, 2015 · 16 Comments

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