Strawberries in the Desert

Story telling from Australia


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

Why women like Josephine deserve your attention

Josephine Peter is the kind of woman you might pass in the supermarket or spot at the post office. You might smile at her, nod and walk past, that’s if … Continue reading

February 23, 2017 · 9 Comments

What to do if you find a frog in Fiji.

If you’re anything like me you’ll take a photograph. It’s hard not to be captivated by these tiny hopping creatures that appear everywhere after it rains in Fiji, hopping gaily … Continue reading

February 16, 2017 · 7 Comments

The Case Against Fragrance

Australian novelist Kate Grenville, best known for her outstanding book The Secret River, has just published The Case Against Fragrance. At last, proof has arrived that I’m not completely bonkers, or if … Continue reading

February 9, 2017 · 17 Comments

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