Strawberries in the Desert

Story telling from Australia

The impatient gardener

Was it really only a year ago that we were unpacking boxes? It must have been. The delivery truck from Broken Hill arrived on just such a wet and windy … Continue reading

December 11, 2014 · 16 Comments

Welcome visitor

There’s not much in life that thrives on neglect – relationships need nurturing, musicians have to practice and languages get lost and forgotten if they’re not used. But land? Leave … Continue reading

September 12, 2014 · 7 Comments

Outside, Looking In

The internet is disconnected and a gentle rain falls outside my office window, the type of kindly rain that soaks into the ground and reaches the roots of thirsty plants. … Continue reading

July 25, 2014 · 15 Comments

This garden is growing on me

It’s mid winter, another six weeks until spring arrives and the plants in this challenging garden are growing. Broken Hill’s desert-cold nights might be dropping to a chilly three or … Continue reading

July 4, 2014 · 2 Comments

That was close

I almost gave up. I dismissed this garden as unworkable and I was ready to abandon it in favour of a community garden around the corner. Why? Because the grass … Continue reading

May 29, 2014 · 16 Comments

One man’s rubbish

We spent the weekend clearing out the shed, faces covered by masks to cope with decades of Broken Hill dust that had smothered toolboxes, jam jars, old trunks and empty … Continue reading

October 31, 2013 · 9 Comments

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