Strawberries in the Desert

Story telling from Australia

The answer

We all need a good feed now and then. If the slugs in my back garden respect the clearly marked boundaries I’ll turn a blind eye to the occasional raid. … Continue reading

July 30, 2015 · 10 Comments

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

When the time comes

Maybe I was expecting too much but I’ve been a tad disappointed in the lemon, lime and grapefruit trees I planted almost two years ago. The latter two probably hate … Continue reading

June 26, 2015 · 6 Comments

What good is a library?

Public libraries are surely one of the cornerstones of a democratic society, havens of solace and joy offering free entertainment and endless discovery. Magic happens when you pick a book … Continue reading

May 29, 2015 · 9 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

On finding the last fig

I’m reading a wonderful book by Kate Llewellyn, A Fig at the Gate, in which the author describes her efforts to establish a productive garden in a windswept Adelaide suburb. … Continue reading

April 30, 2015 · 12 Comments

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