Strawberries in the Desert

Story telling from Australia

Scribble, stop, scribble

To scribble and erase and scribble again. That’s poet Mary Oliver, describing her craft as quoted in this fascinating weekly insight into creative work, Brain Pickings Weekly. Mary was talking … Continue reading

March 30, 2017 · 8 Comments

The Outback equivalent of Alice Through the Looking Glass

Broken Hill is full of surprises. Take Thomas Street. Houses line both sides of this busy suburban street. The town’s hospital, health centre, aged care facility and a thriving cafe … Continue reading

March 23, 2017 · 12 Comments


When I am silent, I fall into that place where everything is music. In silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and watch how the pattern improves.    Rumi.  

March 16, 2017 · 8 Comments

Rumi and the rat

Until a few weeks ago I’d never heard of Rumi. Raise your words not your voice, it is rain that grows flowers, not thunder. Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and … Continue reading

March 9, 2017

Here’s what happens when you’re hacked

The story of the garden disaster will have to wait because something more urgent came up. My phone was hacked. Then my bank account. Here’s how it happened. Around 2pm on Sunday … Continue reading

March 2, 2017 · 27 Comments

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