Strawberries in the Desert

Story telling from Australia

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

Wondrous wet

A quarter of an inch of rain fell on Tuesday, half an inch on Wednesday and last night a torrent of more than two inches fell in under three hours. … Continue reading

June 19, 2015 · 14 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

The Pontiff on scones

I’m not a Catholic so I wouldn’t normally quote the Pope but I caught a quick sound bite from the Pope’s Easter address, just three words, and they were simple … Continue reading

April 9, 2015 · 7 Comments

Balance

I’m beginning to think it’s not gardening I like so much, it’s nature. Is that because the tomato plants have succumbed to an unknown disease and the cucumber has powdery … Continue reading

January 22, 2015 · 12 Comments

Comforts of home

Right now, Sydney feels more like a desert than Broken Hill ever did. It’s not of course, it’s one of the most beautiful cities in the world, a desirable place … Continue reading

July 11, 2013 · 12 Comments

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