Strawberries in the Desert

Story telling from Australia

New Year, New Tactics

My potted fig is thriving. It’s just over two years since I planted it and it’s taken to the wall down the skinny side of the house like…well, like a … Continue reading

January 5, 2017 · 16 Comments

To stand and stare

This is a crazy time of the year. So easy to get caught up in the madness and frenzy – both good and bad – of Christmas. Love it or hate … Continue reading

December 22, 2016 · 14 Comments

Go Girls!

We’ve been making jam. We made the papers too, as you can see. What smiling happy faces. How proud we all look! A small group of us from the Sydney … Continue reading

December 15, 2016 · 13 Comments


  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

It rained

There are plenty of people who live in a city whose hearts are really in the country, like me. We notice every scrap of green, tune out white noise, avoid … Continue reading

December 23, 2015 · 12 Comments

Remember the jam?

For months now, members of the Sydney City Branch of the Country Women’s Association have been making jam, marmalade, chutney and relish. In one weekend alone Silvana and Alix made 90 … Continue reading

December 18, 2015 · 8 Comments

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