Strawberries in the Desert

Story telling from Australia

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

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

A changing world

Spring arrived on Tuesday here in the southern hemisphere. I didn’t realise. I thought spring started on September 1st, likewise autumn in the northern hemisphere, but it turns out I … Continue reading

September 26, 2014 · 12 Comments

What went wrong?

There’s a lot I could be blamed for in this garden but surely I wasn’t responsible for the demise of the rhubarb? What went wrong? I hate not knowing. I … Continue reading

April 3, 2014 · 14 Comments


I don’t always do what I’m told. Instinct plays a large part in my gardening endeavours, which means there are gaping holes in my understanding. Who would have known that … Continue reading

March 27, 2014 · 8 Comments

Fools rush in

Move him into the sun — Gently its touch awoke him once, At home, whispering of fields unsown… I sat in the sun to drink my tea this morning, listening … Continue reading

August 29, 2013 · 11 Comments

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