Strawberries in the Desert

Story telling from Australia

Spotted in the garden last week

This long skinny guy to the left narrowly escaped death from a weak solution of washing-up liquid, meant for a stink bug lurking in the grapefruit tree.       … Continue reading

March 4, 2015 · 6 Comments

How long would you last?

Outback ER is a documentary set in the emergency department of Broken Hill hospital (here’s a trailer). It was designed to make you feel like Broken Hill was the most remote … Continue reading

February 12, 2015 · 14 Comments

After the rain

It was a subdued Australia Day in Sydney. ‘Grim,’ said the cricket commentators. ‘Gloomy skies,’ agreed the Daily Telegraph. ‘More bad weather on its way,’ said Channel Seven. Such pessimism! … Continue reading

January 29, 2015 · 8 Comments


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

Don’t expect the bull not to chase you

I’ve learnt a lot in the past few weeks, from old friends, from new friends and from strangers I might one day call friends. A visit to Maitland library took … Continue reading

October 23, 2014 · 6 Comments

I’m a big fat liar

I should be running through the house with my pants on fire*. My lovely niece wrote to me several days ago about the small garden at the back of her … Continue reading

October 10, 2014 · 12 Comments

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