Strawberries in the Desert

Story telling from Australia

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 grumped off to take the dog for a walk, steaming not just because of the planned development but because at 10.30 in the morning it was already 30 degrees, heading for an expected top of thirty-five.

Jacarandas in Callan Park

Jacarandas in Callan Park

I stomped through Callan Park, muttering darkly as I walked along a row of Brushbox trees; I kicked through leaves dropped by mature Casuarina and Eucalyptus; passed under the shadows of an old Moreton Bay fig; noticed the last flowers on the grove of jacaranda and eventually stopped at a frangipani in full bloom.

It’s impossible to stay mad in a park.

Studies from around the world have shown that walking in green spaces makes you feel better.

Tree roots in Callan Park

Tree roots in Callan Park

There are sixty hectares of green space in Callan Park and it stretches right down to the water. The Friends of Callan Park have campaigned long and hard to make sure it remains a public space.

I drove back in a better mood and passed the hardware shop on Darling Street, run by the man I’ve dubbed Mr Christmas because of his long white beard and smiling eyes.

This was the sign outside his shop.


Thank you Mr Christmas!





5 comments on “Thank you Mr Christmas

  1. Adele Hughes
    December 11, 2015

    You write a Blog that always involves one in a wonderful picture for the mind & soul! We are wealthier for knowing you Deb Hunt 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • monsoonwendy
      December 11, 2015

      So so true Adele Hughes!


    • debhuntwasinbrokenhill
      December 11, 2015

      Likewise Adele, you and Philip and your family inspired me. I will never forget the stunning brigalow and belah at your property in Queensland! x


  2. Adele Hughes
    December 11, 2015

    Just had 8.5mm in a short, sharp storm! Have had 132mm over the last 6 weeks, so green feed, nearly full dams & peace again here! Banchory still very ordinary though! x


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


This entry was posted on December 11, 2015 by and tagged , , , , , , .

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

%d bloggers like this: