Strawberries in the Desert

Story telling from Australia


  Mr Christmas lives in Balmain. Not many people know that. Some people think Santa lives at the North Pole, but those of you who follow this blog – and who … Continue reading

December 8, 2016 · 5 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

Guidance from the local hardware store

Ironing boards, step ladders, front door mats and bags of compost get stacked outside Beattie Trading on Darling Street every morning and taken in again each night. Our local hardware … Continue reading

August 21, 2015 · 10 Comments

Exploring the back streets of Balmain

This crowded suburb of Sydney was once staunchly working class, home to dockyard workers, miners, boilermakers and shipwrights. It’s an area steeped in history, now largely gentrified. The local Oval hosted … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · 6 Comments

When is a chook not a chook?

When it’s a tea cosy! This is for all the creative women I keep meeting in the CWA and all those friends who love colour and creativity. I spotted this … Continue reading

August 22, 2014 · 3 Comments

How to rid your garden of woodlice

I was so impressed by what I learnt at Balmain’s community garden last weekend that I had to share the following tip on how to rid your garden of woodlice. Woodlice are … Continue reading

June 19, 2014 · 4 Comments

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