Strawberries in the Desert

Story telling from Australia

The place to be is under a tree

Sydney has sweltered in a run of hot weather recently. Never mind the beach, the only place to be when it hits 40 degrees is under a tree, and there’s … Continue reading

January 19, 2017 · 10 Comments

Thank you Mr Christmas

At the time this blog would normally be written I was sitting at the kitchen table, fuming about revised plans for a three-storey house at the back of ours. I … Continue reading

December 11, 2015 · 5 Comments

Paperbark trees

According to new research there could be as many as three trillion trees on our planet. This article on the BBC website explains more about how researchers ‘counted’ those trees. … Continue reading

September 3, 2015 · 7 Comments

Wondrous wet

A quarter of an inch of rain fell on Tuesday, half an inch on Wednesday and last night a torrent of more than two inches fell in under three hours. … Continue reading

June 19, 2015 · 14 Comments

Blossom in Broken Hill

Winter’s finally over in the Southern hemisphere but you’d be hard pressed to know it here in Sydney. A week-long blast of cold rain and strong wind has sent Spring … Continue reading

September 4, 2014 · 10 Comments

That old chestnut

No wonder they looked like chestnuts. They are chestnuts. The tree at the front of our house is a Moreton Bay Chestnut, a Blackbean (Castanospermum australe). It’s an evergreen Australian … Continue reading

June 6, 2014 · 8 Comments

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