Strawberries in the Desert

Story telling from Australia

Why quit sugar?

Members of the British Women’s Institute celebrated their centenary this week with a fabulous cake flash mob at Parliament House – and I bet those cakes had sugar in them. … Continue reading

September 17, 2015 · 18 Comments

Jury Service

Jury service has been on my bucket list for a frustratingly long time. Younger friends summoned two or three times have declined, with perfectly legitimate reasons. I would gladly have … Continue reading

August 13, 2015 · 18 Comments

Quietly optimistic

Copper tape repels slugs and snails by giving them a small electric shock. Place it on the soil around tender young plants, or fix it along the rim of plant … Continue reading

August 6, 2015 · 4 Comments

The answer

We all need a good feed now and then. If the slugs in my back garden respect the clearly marked boundaries I’ll turn a blind eye to the occasional raid. … Continue reading

July 30, 2015 · 10 Comments

You can’t eat coal

Attempts to grow food in thin raised beds at the back of our Sydney house often feel futile. With its small concrete patio overshadowed on all sides, our tiny plot … Continue reading

July 9, 2015 · 13 Comments

Listening to Nature

It’s winter here in Australia and I get the feeling my troublesome garden is trying to tell me something. The lime tree is losing its leaves, the climbing honeysuckle has … Continue reading

June 11, 2015 · 9 Comments

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