Strawberries in the Desert

Story telling from Australia

Sharing our world

I went searching for plants recently, following a garden disaster I’m not sure I’m ready to talk about yet. I needed a lot of plants, so I visited a garden … Continue reading

February 2, 2017 · 10 Comments

From naked to now

The past week has seen soft rain, filtered sunlight and quiet enjoyment. Yes, quiet. Birds instead of building work. What a waste to have filled the minutes leading up to … Continue reading

March 17, 2016 · 7 Comments


December was the wettest month for more than a century in the UK. English tourists hoping to escape the long winter nights and torrential flooding may have considered a trip … Continue reading

January 7, 2016 · 2 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

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

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