Strawberries in the Desert

Story telling from Australia

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

Don’t it always seem to go…

Spot on, Joni. Demolition of the house that adjoins my little writing studio starts Monday, followed by three-metre deep excavations into the bedrock below. Construction of the three storey house … Continue reading

March 3, 2016 · 11 Comments

Never judge a box by its contents

Young people don’t tut, have you noticed? It’s left to those of us who are more mature, more judgemental. There’s been a fair amount of ‘tutting’ in our house recently, … Continue reading

February 26, 2016 · 6 Comments

Do we value farming?

I’ve just bought an eighth of a cow from a farmer on the Liverpool Plains. It was delivered direct to our door in Sydney in clearly labelled pre-packed bags, ready … Continue reading

February 4, 2016 · 6 Comments

The present moment

“…all we have is the present moment to endure or enjoy.” PD James. No amount of glittering gold can compete with the treasure of being in the moment, especially when … Continue reading

January 28, 2016 · 3 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

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