Strawberries in the Desert

Story telling from Australia

Never judge a box by its contents

Young people don’t tut, have you noticed? It’s left to those of us who are more mature, more judgemental. There’s been a fair amount of ‘tutting’ in our house recently, … Continue reading

February 26, 2016 · 6 Comments

Half a fig is better than no fig at all

For every negative in this garden there’s a positive. I’ve finally accepted that the only area suitable for vegetables in the back yard is a slim strip at the side … Continue reading

February 18, 2016 · 13 Comments

Protect your patch

I’ve just come back from two days in Tasmania to discover birds have pecked at the 19 figs I’ve been jealously guarding for the past four months. I should have … Continue reading

February 11, 2016 · 7 Comments

Mr Christmas nails it

Words of advice from Mr Christmas, the man who runs our local hardware shop in Balmain. Apparently his real name is Bob.                 … Continue reading

February 4, 2016 · 8 Comments

Do we value farming?

I’ve just bought an eighth of a cow from a farmer on the Liverpool Plains. It was delivered direct to our door in Sydney in clearly labelled pre-packed bags, ready … Continue reading

February 4, 2016 · 6 Comments

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