Strawberries in the Desert

Story telling from Australia

The answer

We all need a good feed now and then. If the slugs in my back garden respect the clearly marked boundaries I’ll turn a blind eye to the occasional raid. … Continue reading

July 30, 2015 · 10 Comments

I’m not done yet

The hymn We Shall Overcome has been running through my head today, perhaps because I’ve been invited to speak at a church group tonight, but then again, there’s no denying … Continue reading

July 23, 2015 · 10 Comments

Sometimes you can’t eat kale either

Max Dupain must have photographed Sydney on a day like today. Even my studio is awash. There are benefits of course. The ground will drink in this soaking rain and when … Continue reading

July 16, 2015 · 10 Comments

You can’t eat coal

Attempts to grow food in thin raised beds at the back of our Sydney house often feel futile. With its small concrete patio overshadowed on all sides, our tiny plot … Continue reading

July 9, 2015 · 13 Comments


Originally posted on From Goats To Soaps:
bees-at-the-rose / (public domain image) honey To many, the iconic sound of a contented summer day is the soft hum of a…

July 7, 2015 · 2 Comments

I’d like to thank Michel Roux’s mother and the lady in the corner shop

This wasn’t the Oscars it was a simple cookery competition, but it was probably as close as I’ll ever get to a prize-winning moment of such magnitude, and if I had been … Continue reading

July 2, 2015 · 21 Comments

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