Strawberries in the Desert

Story telling from Australia

There’ll be fireworks tonight

Sydney Harbour is in party-mode, preparing to celebrate the arrival of 2016 with a giant firework display. It will be bigger, brighter and more colourful than ever. The streets around … Continue reading

December 31, 2015 · 17 Comments

It rained

There are plenty of people who live in a city whose hearts are really in the country, like me. We notice every scrap of green, tune out white noise, avoid … Continue reading

December 23, 2015 · 12 Comments

Remember the jam?

For months now, members of the Sydney City Branch of the Country Women’s Association have been making jam, marmalade, chutney and relish. In one weekend alone Silvana and Alix made 90 … Continue reading

December 18, 2015 · 8 Comments

Thank you Mr Christmas

At the time this blog would normally be written I was sitting at the kitchen table, fuming about revised plans for a three-storey house at the back of ours. I … Continue reading

December 11, 2015 · 5 Comments

I got rolled and I deserved it

Jury service has been on my bucket list for decades. The sense of elation at being summoned earlier this year was matched by bitter disappointment when the trial got cancelled, … Continue reading

December 3, 2015 · 5 Comments

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