Strawberries in the Desert

Story telling from Australia

I looked but I didn’t see

There’s a native Christmas bush in our front garden tucked between the peace lily and the climbing fig. It’s partially hidden and quite small, so even though I pass it … Continue reading

May 19, 2017 · 12 Comments

Didn’t we have a lov-erly time…

…the day we went to Manly. It was a picture perfect day in Sydney yesterday, so we took a few hours off. On a whim we caught the ferry to Manly, … Continue reading

May 5, 2017 · 17 Comments

Autumn’s in no hurry

It’s autumn here in Sydney, winter is only a month away and our small back yard is  pretending it’s still summer. The leaves on the frangipani hold resolute, fat lemons … Continue reading

April 27, 2017 · 16 Comments

The Bard in Broken Hill

It’s Shakespeare’s birthday this Sunday, as well as the day he died. He was 52. On Wednesday we joined an audience crammed into a small room above The Toxteth pub in … Continue reading

April 20, 2017 · 6 Comments

Doing more with less

How many times have you heard expressions like, look below the surface, looks don’t matter, never judge a book by its cover, less is more? When it comes to dinner parties … Continue reading

April 6, 2017 · 11 Comments

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

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